Baking Blend. It is one of the latest crazes on Trim Healthy Mama, and for good reason. Those that have it, love it. It is a gluten free, low glycemic flour substitute. It greatly improves the texture of low carb baked goods by using a mixture of different nut flours as well as adding in fiber from oats. But one unique thing about this baking blend is that it had added protein in the form of collagen peptides. It helps stabilize blood sugar as well as adding many other health benefits. Lots of people wonder if it is the same as gelatin. See the comparison here at the Healthy Home Economist.
So, with all the hype, understandably it has been sold out quite frequently on the THM site. But yet people are wanting to make all the baked goods from their new cookbook . So those in the THM community have scoured the internet looking for baking blends as well as coming up with some of their own. Some are good, some not so good. But what they all lack is the same ingredients and nutritional statistics as the THM blend, except this one!. And that is important. Those on THM know, that their blend is what is called a “fuel pull”. It can be used in either and E (energizing/carbs) or S (satisfying/fats) setting. I think people aren’t always realizing that, and while their homemade substitute might work just fine and taste just fine, if it doesn’t have the same nutritional stats as the THM one, they could very well be eating crossovers. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it isn’t recommended to do often if you are in the weight loss phase, and not the maintenance phase. Then came about this recipe. It uses the same ingredients as the THM version, and has almost identical carbs/fats/calories. And that is important. What is even more important is that is tastes great! In comparing it with the THM one side by side, they look the same, smell the same, and the goods bake up the same. It is a 1:1 substitution for the THM branded one. Jackpot! So without further ado, here is the recipe!
This blend costs me around $4/lb to make. You cost will vary, depending on the brands of ingredients you choose, if you buy in bulk, etc. If you want to make this cheaper yet, YOU CAN LEAVE OUT THE COLLAGEN. It will still work fine, you just aren’t getting the added protein or health benefits from the collagen. I buy all of my products online and used Honeyville almond flour, Anthony’s Coconut Flour and Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flax Meal or King Arthur brand. As for the oat fiber, collagen and glucomannan, they can be bought from Netrition or Amazon. Places like Netrition offer flat rate shipping, so stock up on what you need! I get the LifeSource brand Oat Fiber, Now brand Glucomannan, and Neocell brand Collagen.
So lets talk about substitutions. When this was first posted on the THM group page on facebook, there was a barrage of questions about substituting this or that. Lets break down what is doable.
Oat fiber. I don’t recommend substitutes for the oat fiber. It is a unique creature. It has no carbs, no fat, and no calories. It is NOT ground oats. It is NOT oat flour. It is just the fiber from the oats. The only thing close is psyllium husks.
Coconut Flour substitute would be 5T Flax flour 3 T Almond flour (in addition to the flax and almond flour already listed in the recipe). Taking out the coconut flour will make this an S baking blend.
Almond Flour sub would be 2 T flax and 1 T coconut flour. Blend would still be a FP.
Flax meal sub, 3T + 1 tsp almond flour and 2T coconut flour. Taking out the flax meal will make this an S baking blend.
Collagen. You can omit it, or sub whey protein powder. They both add protein and some health benefits.
Glucomannan. You can sub xanthan gum. They are both thickeners. Substitute equally.
There you go! A homemade fuel pull baking blend that is about as close to the official Trim Healthy Mama version as you can get. Now go buy that cookbook and get baking!
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Here are the nutritional stats for this recipe (These stats may vary slightly between the brands you choose to use to make this recipe)
Fat~ 3 grams
Net Carbs~ 1.5 grams
STATS are per 1/4 cup of baking mix