7 Holiday Baking Essentials for Special Diets

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The holiday season means a flurry of festive baked treats like cookies, cakes and pies. But what if you follow a gluten-free or keto-friendly diet? ­We’re making holiday baking accessible to everyone with a wide selection of alternative baking ingredients, like almond flour and stevia-sweetened baking chocolate.

If you’re new to the world of alternative flours and sweeteners, they can feel intimidating. We can help. Below, learn more about these exciting ingredients, then visit your nearest store to stock up. You can also get these products delivered directly to you with Prime on Amazon.

Pro baking tip: You can swap most of these products into your favorite recipes with a 1:1 ratio — but not all of them. “When using alternative flours, you’ll get the best results if you follow a recipe that’s specifically created for them,” says Allison Thomas, Senior Editor (and resident food expert). To ensure the most delicious treats, we’ve included recipes with products that fit this category.

365 Everyday Value Almond Flour

“Almond flour is a great starting point for anyone who wants to try gluten-free baking,” says Thomas. Made from ground almonds, this grain-free flour lends moist texture and rich flavor to sweet and savory recipes like cookies and pancakes.

Try it in: Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

365 Everyday Value Coconut Flour

Coconut flour — made from dehydrated, finely ground coconut meat — is low-carb, fiber-rich and gluten-free. Because it’s highly absorbent, you won’t need to use much of it — and it’s best to stick with recipes specifically designed with coconut flour in mind.

Try it in: Coconut Flour Cut-Out Cookies 

Navitas Organic Keto Cacao Powder

Exclusive to Whole Foods Market, this keto-friendly cacao powder is made with unroasted, cold-milled cacao nibs and contains no added sugar. (It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.) Use it in your favorite keto-friendly recipes for brownies, fudge, puddings and hot chocolate. It measures like unsweetened cocoa powder, so you can use a 1:1 ratio when swapping it into recipes.

Swerve Brown Sugar Replacement

Bake your favorite sweets like chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake, with this brown sugar substitute. Sweetened with erythritol, this sugar substitute has a sticky, molasses-y look and deep, rich flavor. Because it measures like brown sugar, you can use a 1:1 ratio when swapping it into recipes.

Lily’s Semi-Sweet Style Baking Chips

These semi-sweet baking chips hold their shape while still getting melty and gooey in your favorite treats. Made with cacao and sweetened with stevia, these chips contain no added sugar. They’re also gluten-free and keto-friendly. Add to your favorite cookies and brownies or melt into smooth chocolate for dipping and icing.

365 Everyday Value Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

We’re offering an easier solution for warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies without the gluten. Just add egg, water and butter (use a plant-based butter if you want dairy-free cookies). If you love these, try our other 365 Everyday Value gluten-free mixes: brownies, yellow cake and chocolate cake.

Need to stock up on more baking essentials for the holidays? Get the Ultimate Holiday Baking Shopping List.

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