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Homemade Buttermilk & Dairy Alternatives
You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice to 1 cup milk of your choice. Whisk together and let stand for 10 minutes to thicken. Note: rice milk will not thicken so you’ll need to reduce the amount of it in your recipe by 25%.
My family is also sensitive to dairy, so I use unsweetened coconut milk when I bake. It contains fat which helps add moisture to your gluten free baked goods. You can also use Almond Milk, Soy Milk, etc but it will not sour as much as coconut milk when making buttermilk.
I do use organic butter for better taste and texture. I feel I digest it better when baked. You can also use substitutes such as Earth Balance.
If you need to avoid eggs, they can be replaced. To replace 1 egg you will need to grind 1 Tbsp of Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds in a spice grinder. Place into a small bowl and stir in 3 Tbsp of water. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before using in a recipe. Periodically stir to reincorporate it into the water. Just before adding it to your recipe, add a pinch of Baking Powder to your mixture (no more than 1/4 Teaspoon). It is important to note that this is for one 1 egg. Just double these instructions if you need to substitute 2 eggs. It is also important to note that if you go beyond a 2 egg substitution, you could compromise the outcome of your recipe.
If you prefer not to have cane sugar, swap it out for coconut sugar. It’s a 1:1 replacement. Since our sugar is packaged separately in both of the cake mixes and the cookie mix, the exchange is simple. Both cakes have 3/4 cup organic cane sugar and the cookie has 1/2 cup organic cane sugar & 1/2 cup organic light brown sugar.
Because we use organic cane sugar, the granules tend to be larger. I have found that adding the vanilla extract to the mixer when creaming butter and sugar helps dissolve the sugar faster.
Tips On Mixing…Without a Mixer
If you will be using an electric hand mixer instead of a stand mixer, begin by using a fork to sightly blend the butter and sugar together. Then use your hand mixer to finish creaming them together. This will save you from a big mess.
If you will be mixing completely by hand, we recommend using a large fork or pastry cutter so the butter and sugar incorporate. Blend them together as much as possible. You may need to add the egg(s) sooner for some liquid to make mixing easier, but be careful not to over mix your eggs or your dough can get tough and dry.
Healthy Oils for Baking
Sunflower Oil is GMO Free, no matter what brand you buy.
Coconut oil is packed with nutrients, is an excellent healing agent and kills an array of bad bugs that cause infection, illness and disease. Based on current growing research, coconut oil should be considered a functional food that has its place as part of a healthful diet.