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Offline Paulines7

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Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« on: 30 January 2018, 02:42:25 PM »
I want to buy some coconut flour, almond flour and icing sugar alternative for some recipes that I have found.  I looked in a health food store in Salisbury and they were very expensive there, so I decided to look them up on line. 

Amazon have several makes on their site but I am uncertain which ones to buy.  I thought I would ask if anyone on here has used these flours and alternative icing sugar and if so, which ones do you recommend please? 

I have chosen what I think could be a good coconut flour and it is this one which is Pipkin 100% organic.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B071G1C15P/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A1CCI6MYA2GMBU&psc=1

I cannot decide on an almond flour so will await your suggestions.

The icing sugar alternative I have been looking at is this one.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BE4C6MU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1XT5KM4CASVXR&psc=1

Your help in this matter is much appreciated.  Thank you.
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #1 on: 30 January 2018, 03:43:17 PM »
Pauline

I've never thought about powdered Erythritol, but if you don't want to buy a full kilo until you know whether it's OK or not, you can get smaller quantities on ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=powdered+erythritol+zero+calorie+icing+sugar+1kg&_sop=15&_blrs=spell_check&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xpowdered+erythritol+.TRS0&_nkw=powdered+erythritol+&_sacat=0

Have never tried coconut flour either.  Let us know how it goes.

I just get ground almonds in Lidl or Aldi where they are very reasonably priced.

Patti


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Offline Paulines7

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #2 on: 30 January 2018, 05:55:15 PM »
Patti, thank you for your reply.  I noticed that the smaller quantities on EBay are dearer than the 1kg bag on Amazon as there is postage to pay. 

I usually buy my ground almonds from Lidl.  I read that they can be ground down into flour but that could be messy.  If I buy some almond flour, it will take my total on Amazon to over £20 so I will get free delivery. 

I have just made some ground almond scones and they look awful.  They haven't risen at all so I can only assume that my baking powder is out of date.  They are also a little burnt despite my timing them.  It's ages since I have done any baking.

 
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

Offline Quantum Learning

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #3 on: 30 January 2018, 06:44:20 PM »
The icing sugar looks interesting, what would you be making with it?

I've only used coconut flour once & apart from needing to use extra 'wet' ingredients I didn't find it improved whatever it was I was making but did add to the carb total.
Type 2 dx Nov 2012 with fasting BG 14%/129.5
HbA1c Jan 2013 79/9.3%
April 2013 50/6.7%
July 2013 39/5.7%
Oct 2013 39/5.7% Chol 5.9
July 2014 45/6.3% Chol 5.5
Aug 2015 61/7.7% Chol 5.9
May 2016 84/9.7% Chol 6.9
Oct 2016 53/7%  Chol 6.3
Dec 2016 41/5.9% Chol 6.0
June 2017 51/6.8% Chol 6.1
Oct 2017 52/6.9%
Jan 2018 51/6.8% Chol 5.9
Metformin SR 2000mg, Doxazosin 4mg, Lansoprazole 30mg, Fexofenadine 180mg Co-Codamol 30/500g when needed. Amitriptyline 20mg
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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #4 on: 30 January 2018, 09:41:09 PM »
What on earth do you need 'normal' ground almonds more finely ground for? - not being belligerent here, simply haven't a clue is all.  Same as the icing sugar - artificial sweetener yes I can see a need - but why ground that fine?

Have to say there was a coffee grinder attachment on my original liquidiser so I could happily obtain caster or icing using granulated LOL - and make 'fresh' breadcrumbs given yesterday's loaf!
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #5 on: 31 January 2018, 12:26:04 AM »
I will use the icing sugar to ice some fairy cakes and to whip up with butter to produce butter icing or butter cream icing.  I will, of course, add some flavouring such as coffee, lemon, orange or chocolate.  The artificial sweetener that I generally use for sweetening things is Total Sweet and that is in granular form. 

Sedge, a lot of the recipes I was looking at this morning mentioned almond flour rather than ground almonds. 
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #6 on: 31 January 2018, 09:41:03 AM »
Pauline
Were the recipes on American sites?  I believe “Almond flour” is what the Americans call ground almonds.  If you look at this site, it bears ms out https://www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk/almond-flour-250g.html?gclid=CjwKCAiA78XTBRBiEiwAGv7EKplwzsx_ZIVbaAOg1lVEwJAhSg17THZsad-oBrIFdkPB27vxX4okJBoC-6MQAvD_BwE


It says “Please note this is the same product as Ground Almonds”.
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #7 on: 31 January 2018, 12:09:08 PM »
LOL about the flour - true!

I spose it's mindset Pauline - if I were making butter cream or icing of any sort I'd just use normal icing sugar cos it would be for mainly others to eat, not for me - I simply avoid eating things like that, even though I could if I fancied one (and jab accordingly) and Pete isn't that bothered about sweet stuff anyway - not a man who has to have a pudding 'else he hasn't had a dinner' - nor was my first husband.  So - I don't bake hardly ever.



Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

Offline Paulines7

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #8 on: 31 January 2018, 01:48:25 PM »
Thanks Patti.  I didn't know that almond flour was the same as ground almonds.  I thought it would just be more finely ground.

The site could have American recipes although the address is "co uk". 

I don't know where I got the link from as it just appeared.  It's not easy to find anything either as information seems jumbled to me.  However, I have found some interesting low carb recipes on it, like the one shown below.   ;)

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/221591244149170832/


Sedge, I do not use icing sugar as it sends my bg levels high and I don't have medication to correct it.  Now and again I get tempted and buy a cake but I know I shouldn't.  I daren't go into M&S as I know I will not be able to resist the ones with coffee buttercream like those shown below.  I also adore lemon buttercream so if they have an offer on two, I end up buying one of each.  That happened to me last time I was in their food department when we were on holiday in August.  It was my birthday!

http://www.marksandspencer.com/triple-layer-coffee-and-walnut-cake/p/p60082779?&pdpredirect

https://www.marksandspencerfoodhall.co.uk/product/coffee-swiss-roll--f30ee38f-5bf0-4fc2-b76f-347dfb480048

https://www.marksandspencerfoodhall.co.uk/product/colombian-coffee-walnut-cake--bdeccc8e-e0d0-41da-aa3f-13432333c8b8

When I make cakes for myself, I tend to cut them up into portions and freeze them or else make muffins or fairy cakes and put them in the freezer.  I really miss the buttercream icing though so, hopefully, this sweetener will be ideal. 

John is also on a low carb diet at the moment so I could try making a Bakewell tart with icing on it as that is his favourite cake.
   
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #9 on: 31 January 2018, 02:51:34 PM »
Quote
The site could have American recipes although the address is "co uk". 

I don't know where I got the link from as it just appeared.  It's not easy to find anything either as information seems jumbled to me.  However, I have found some interesting low carb recipes on it, like the one shown below.   ;)

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/221591244149170832/

Pauline, that is deffo a US recipe - the clue is that measurements are in cups not grams.  I hate Pinterest, it's so complicated to find anything!  If making cakes or cupcakes I just use the cake recipe from the DSF recipe section with different flavourings in it.  I've done coffee, Lemon, Orange, apple and ginger + others.
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


© 2015 Patti Evans

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #10 on: 31 January 2018, 03:38:22 PM »
Yes, I noticed the cups instead of other measurements and the fact that things were spelt differently eg flavor instead of flavour.

There were low carb recipes that I had never come across before, but for most recipes, I do use the DSF site. 

Pinterest site complicated?  I couldn't agree with you more.   ;D
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #11 on: 31 January 2018, 04:54:31 PM »
I quite liked the look of the cheesecake chocolate cup thingies
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


© 2015 Patti Evans

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #12 on: 31 January 2018, 05:48:33 PM »
I've given up making sweet things as I find they don't bear any comparison to the real thing but I might try again with sweet muffins as I quite fancy them with buttercream on them  :)
Type 2 dx Nov 2012 with fasting BG 14%/129.5
HbA1c Jan 2013 79/9.3%
April 2013 50/6.7%
July 2013 39/5.7%
Oct 2013 39/5.7% Chol 5.9
July 2014 45/6.3% Chol 5.5
Aug 2015 61/7.7% Chol 5.9
May 2016 84/9.7% Chol 6.9
Oct 2016 53/7%  Chol 6.3
Dec 2016 41/5.9% Chol 6.0
June 2017 51/6.8% Chol 6.1
Oct 2017 52/6.9%
Jan 2018 51/6.8% Chol 5.9
Metformin SR 2000mg, Doxazosin 4mg, Lansoprazole 30mg, Fexofenadine 180mg Co-Codamol 30/500g when needed. Amitriptyline 20mg
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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #13 on: 31 January 2018, 10:22:07 PM »
Well the middle of the bakewell tart will obviously be brill cos its made with ground almonds whether you are low carbing or not - however what about the pastry case and the jam under the 'middle' or are we dispensing with them?

But anyway - if you are making a larger one to serve in wedges (a la Mr Kipling) why not only ice half of it just in case it isn't nice?
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Reply #14 on: 01 February 2018, 12:42:01 AM »
The pastry case will be made with ground almonds instead of wheat flower and the jam I will make by using raspberries and sweetener.  I will try some icing on a cup cake soon to see if it sets.  If it doesn't then I won't ice the Bakewell.   

I made some strawberry jam yesterday to go with my scones.  I cut up about 12 large strawberries, put them in a saucepan with a little water and some Total Sweet, stirred until mushy, allowed it to cool and then put it in a small ramekin dish in the fridge.  The jam tasted lovely with butter and helped the unrisen hard rock-like scone (.....or should I say stone!") to be a bit more pleasant to eat.  The date on the Baking powder was 2015 so I have now chucked it out. 
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"