In My Keto Pantry

 

I get asked A LOT about where I get some of the things that I use, particularly the ‘special’ items mostly available only online. I decided to create this page to showcase the EXACT products I use (both on my blog, and in my book KETO KITCHEN. This page is obviously aimed only at the UK market (because I personally purchase them from Amazon), but if you are from USA (or other countries), you can find similar products on this page.

 

 


 

Almond Flour

I use almond flour a lot in my baking: it’s an essential ingredient in my pantry and I get nervous when it starts running low. Please note that almond flour and coconut flour are not interchangeable in baking. They will yield different texture, density and flavour. Its best to have a bag of each on hand and use only what the tested recipe calls for.

For UK readers, buy almond flour online here

 


 

Cocoa Butter

A pure, stable fat pressed from cocoa beans, the smell will remind you of white chocolate. Be sure to use it correctly (by allowing to cool after melting) to avoid a grainy mix in your baking. I used it in my ‘white chocolate’ mousse recipes and am excited to try it in many other dishes, so watch this space! A little goes a long way, so I always keep a bag (sealed correctly) in the fridge. It can also be used in lotions and healing dry skin, but I have not ventured down that route yet.

For UK readers, buy cocoa butter online here

 


 

Coconut Flour

I don’t use coconut flour as much as I use almond flour. It’s a shame though because coconut flour is less expensive than almond flour. But – they are very different and not interchangeable in baking. Just because they are both referred to as ‘flour’, they are totally different ingredients with different uses. However, with the density coconut flour brings, it was the perfect ingredient for my Coconut Flour Wraps. It happens to be from the same fantastic company that I get my almond flour from.

For UK readers, buy coconut flour online here

 


 

Coconut Oil

High in healthy saturated fats, coconut oil is the oil extracted from the flesh of mature coconuts. It has numerous health benefits and I go through tubs of the stuff every month thanks to the heavenly flavour it adds to dishes. Popular recipes where I use coconut oil include Coconut-roasted Cauliflower and Coconut-roasted Broccoli. Weigh out as per recipe indicates before popping into the microwave to melt before using (45 seconds on high should do it.) I

For UK readers, buy coconut oil online here

 


 

Coconut Oil – Odourless

If you do not like the flavour and odour of coconut oil (or like me, sometimes do not want the flavour of coconut in a specific dessert, you can use Odourless Coconut Oil.

 

For UK readers, buy odourless coconut oil online here

 


 

Collagen Protein Powder

With benefits that include support for healthy joints and muscles, bone strength, hair, skin, nail and gut health, collagen protein powder can be whisked into your morning Keto Bulletproof Coffee (the brand I use – pictured and on link below – has no flavour or odour) or you could simply mix a spoonful or two into your soups or casseroles for added goodness. I added it to my Breakfast Avocado & Berry Smoothies. There are many available on the market, so have a browse around and select one that suits your budget. (Having a read of the reviews also helps.)

For UK readers, buy collagen protein powder online here

 


 

Erythritol (powdered / confectioner’s )

Where do I begin? Swerve® is simply the BEST erythritol on the market! I only use the powdered / confectioner’s version (much like “icing sugar”) in my desserts, so be sure to not use the granulated kind for best results. You will not be disappointed, believe me: this stuff is the bomb! I have tried other brands’ confectioner’s versions – but they arrived clumped and incredibly difficult to work with. I won’t make that mistake again, and encourage you take my advice here. HOWEVER, if you choose to use a different brand of powdered / confectioner’s erythritol, you may need to add a little liquid stevia to your mixture as erythritol has a slight ‘cooling’ effect on the tongue. I have found that this is not needed when using Swerve®. I couldn’t mention brand names in my book, but I can do it here. Now you know.

For UK readers, buy Swerve® confectioner’s sweetener online here

 


 

Ground Arrowroot Powder

An essential thickening ingredient, arrowroot powder need not be purchased online – its not a ‘special’ ingredient, and in fact can be found right there in the baking aisle.

For UK readers, buy ground arrowroot powder online here

 


 

Ghee

Ghee is a fantastic stable fat that can be used when frying. I love it most in deep-frying. It is inexpensive and imparts a lovely flavour. Ghee is essentially a clarified butter, meaning that the milk solids have been removed during the process of production. It can be found in most stores.

For UK readers, buy ghee online here

 


 

Ground (milled) Chia Seeds

I love ground chia! It has great binding qualities and I love the flavour and colour is brings to my Quick Keto Chia Bread and Keto Breakfast Muffins. Once you have those two recipes waxed, the possibilities are endless. I have gone on to make Toasted Cheese Sandwiches and Avocado Toast (using Quick Keto Chia Bread) or Salmon Eggs Benedict and Low-carb Prosciutto Muffins (using Keto Breakfast Muffins). Important: please do not try and grind your own whole chia seeds, you need the fine texture of store-bought milled chia.

For UK readers, buy ground chia seeds online here

 


 

Ground (milled) Flaxseed

Ground flaxseed is similar to ground chia seeds. It also has great binding properties and can be used as a replacement for recipes that call for ground chia (see some examples above in Ground (milled) Chia Seeds. If you want to increase your daily fibre intake, add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your casseroles. Sprinkled on full-fat yogurt works well too, as it bringing a lovely toasty, ‘bran’ flavour. I used it (in addition to ground chia) in my Keto Mixed Seed Loaf which you will love! Please do not try and grind your own whole flaxseeds, you need the fine texture of store-bought milled flax.

For UK readers, buy ground flaxseed online here

 


 

Konjac (shirataki) Noodles – ‘Fettuccine’ Shape

Not everyone is a fan of konjac / shirataki noodles, but to me they are a god-send. The trick is to rinse them exceptionally well as they do have a strange odour after removing from the packaging. (I even simmer the seven-times-rinsed noodles in hot water while I prepare the accompanying dish / sauce.) The texture takes some getting used to, but I think at this stage of the keto journey, we have come to accept that. Some hard-core keto police may turn their nose up at konjac / shirataki noodles, but I say bollocks-to-that! If I can enjoy a dish that includes low-carb (guilt-free) noodles – bring it on. The stuff is magic – I love it. The fettuccine shape is my favourite and I empty the shelves when Holland & Barrett have a penny sale. Some of my favourite recipes include Keto Pesto Pasta, Coconut Milk-poached Salmon, and Bacon & Mushroom Pasta – but I refer to it so much throughout the site as a side dish to enjoy with many of my main meal ideas.

For UK readers, buy konjac fettuccine online here

 


 

Konjac (shirataki) Noodles – ‘Rice’ Shape

See my notes above about konjac / shirataki. I love the stuff and it comes in a ‘rice’ shape too. I used it in my Low-carb Green Curry.

For UK readers, buy konjac rice online here

 


 

Lean Pork Scratchings

While we all LOVE fatty pork scratchings as fat bomb snacks, I use a very lean version when I blitz it to make a crumb, thus avoiding a clumpy, dense mess. The best version I found is only available in the UK and is probably the only time I need a ‘lean’ item in my diet, but its for good reason.

For UK readers, buy Mr Porky’s Lean Pork Strips online here.

 


 

Liquid Stevia (vanilla-flavoured)

I can’t recall where I read this fantastic tip (and apologies to the genius that figured this out), but adding a few drops of liquid stevia when baking with Erythritol balances out the artificial sweet flavours. Erythritol tends to add a slightly ‘cooling’ effect in the mouth, but liquid stevia sorts that out – and only a few drops are needed. I love the vanilla-flavoured liquid stevia, so that’s two birds with one stone. Lovely stuff. (Note: I have not found it necessary to include liquid stevia when baking with confectioner’s Swerve® scroll down to Swerve® – which is my favourite brand of erythritol.

For UK readers, buy liquid Stevia (vanilla-flavoured) online here

 


 

Lo-Dough®

A fabulous product only available in the UK, these pieces can be used to make Salami Pizzas and Garlic Pita Bread – or, like we do a lot of the time, used to make quick, handy wraps. Each piece is only 2.2g carbs per serving and do the job well, with a bit of imaginative toppings and fillings. As a new company, they tend to be quite pricey, so I advise you trial a small batch on your first order to see if its for you or not.

For UK readers, buy Lo-Dough online here.

 


 

Low Carb Beer

Funnyman insisted I add this one! This is his go-to when his desire for a cold one strikes in the summer months. It is a great tasting beer by a lovely UK company. Be sure to check out my Beer Bread recipe where I use it! Its lush!

 

For UK readers, buy Skinny Lager online here.

 


 

MCT oil

An excellent, immediate energy source, MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil is an essential ingredient in Keto Bulletproof Coffee. Be sure to use the best on the market that you can afford – and double check the label that it states sustainable palm is used in addition to coconut. MCT oil should be introduced into your diet slowly and steadily. Start with one teaspoon in your coffee and gradually increase to one tablespoon over a period of time. Failing to do this and you will know about it – it will go straight through you. You have been warned!


For UK readers, buy MCT oil online here

 


 

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Boasting a savoury, nutty flavour, this is a fantastic ingredient to have in your pantry. Add a spoonful to soups, sauces or even scrambled eggs to enhance the flavour. For those who are allergic to dairy (or for any keto vegetarians), use it in place of Parmesan when making a Homemade Basil Pesto. Its packed with nutrients and the smell is heavenly. (I often stop by the pantry just to stick my nose in the tub and take a deep whiff!) With its deep, umami “Parmesan-like” flavour, I also used it in my Vegan Cashew Nut ‘Cheese’ Sauce as well as in the mixture rubbed into my Crunchy Keto Kale Chips. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free.

For UK readers, buy nutritional yeast flakes online here

 


 

Psyllium Husk Powder

Available as husks, granules, capsules or powder (important: in my recipes, I use the powder), psyllium is a soluble fiber derived from Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. They are an important ingredient in the recipes they they feature in. Only a little is used at a time, so a bag lasts a long time.

For UK readers, buy psyllium husk powder online here

 


 

Salt Flakes

I love the flaky bits of Maldon’s Sea Salt Flakes scattered over food after cooking, adding a little crunch and texture in addition to seasoning.

For UK readers, buy salt flakes online here

 


 

Smoked Paprika

Smoked paprika has a very distinct flavour and is not the same as regular ground paprika. In the UK, smoked paprika can be found right there in the spices aisle, but I have come to discover that it is not readily available in South Africa. What a shame! Its amazing how a teaspoon or two can add such a powerful (and important) flavour element to a dish. For my South African readers – if you can let me know where smoked paprika can be sourced, please drop me a line so that I can share the tip with my SA readers.

For UK readers, buy smoked paprika online here

 


 

Smoked Salt Flakes

Maldon has taken their amazing sea salt flakes up a notch, now offering subtle smoked flavour present in their sea salt flakes: a perfect way to season your steak or chicken after cooking to add a bit of oomph. I love it and use it all the time when my sea salt flakes are running low or I am all out of pink salt. Lovely stuff..

For UK readers, buy smoked sea salt flakes online here

 


 

Sugar-free ‘Maple Syrup’

By the fabulous “SKINNY” company, my husband makes sure we always have the maple syrup and salted caramel syrup in our house. Lovely to use in baking and drizzling. I have not tried their other products other than these two.

 

For UK readers, buy sugar-free maple syrup online here

 


 

Sugar-free ‘Salted Caramel’

By the fabulous “SKINNY” company, my husband makes sure we always have the maple syrup and salted caramel syrup in our house. Lovely to use in baking and drizzling. I have not tried their other products other than these two.

 

For UK readers, buy sugar-free salted caramel syrup online here

 


 

Tamari (Gluten-free Soy Sauce)

Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce, but the hardcore keto police may still frown upon using it. Such a small amount is used in the dishes where it features (and its such an important flavour), that you could get away with it every now and again. I use tamari in the marinades for my Low-carb Buffalo Wings, my Low-carb Ribs (that fall-off-the-bone) and my Low-carb Bacon-wrapped Avocado Prawn Mini Kebabs.

For UK readers, buy tamari online here

 


 

Whole White Chia Seeds

Available at most supermarkets and health stores, whole chia seeds can be pricey but you don’t use alot because a little goes a long way. The carbs can add up with them, so keep an eye on your kitchen scale and weigh them unsoaked. Its important to soak them overnight so that they soften and swell, doubling in size. They are an excellent source of fibre, but tend to be lacking flavour, so some imagination is needed to make them enjoyable. I used them in my Blueberry Chia Keto Breakfast Pots, but you can use the same method and play around with vanilla or other keto-friendly nuts and flavours.

For UK readers, buy whole white chia seeds online here

 


 

 


 

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In my Keto Pantry
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In my Keto Pantry
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An essential list of ingredients that can be found in my keto pantry - to help me achieve all the delicious recipes on the site.
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