Hi reader of my blog.
Since starting this blog I always wanted to do a post telling you guys what I have in my pantry. Kind of a “sweet pantry of a healthy Foodie”. I knew it would be a lot of work and
a lot A LOOOOOT of chaos in the kitchen!
Anyway, it took me one week until I was happy with the result and I hope you like it as much as I do. What I want to add before you start scrolling/looking is, that, of course, there is a lot of stuff missing as I did not cover all the things I’ve ever used or that I currently use for baking. Mostly I picked what I have at home on a regular basis. Sometimes I added some more option I hadn’t at home while taking the picture, but see for yourself in the pictures.
I am further very happy to answer your questions concerning substitutes or whatever you like to know additionally.
It is amazing how many non-dairy milk alternatives are available today. I personally like coconut milk and almond milk the best, but I usually experiment and decide on the milk when creating a recipe. If possible, I always look for milk with no additives and no added sugar. Sometimes they add cane sugar to the milk so always watch the labels. Concerning baking most milk types are exchangeable 1:1.
So many awesome flours! I use them for pancakes, bread, cookies, muffins and sooo on 🙂 Possibilities are endless. My favorite flour for traditional cookies is the Glutenfree Flour as it has no side taste and works for almost every recipe! Americans can buy it at Wholefoods, I usually purchase 4-5 bags from Amazon to Switzerland. See link above.
I think currently new “superfoods” are popping up on every corner. I personally like them a lot but I think we should not overrate them. Mostly they are very pricey, that it makes sense to find out the ones you like and then just stick to them. In the picture you see some of the Superfoods, I use on a regular basis. Most of the time for smoothies and some of them for great raw cakes. Especially the Acai powder makes such a lovely color.(How to make an Acai bowl) I prefer the powder in capsules as I feel it keeps it fresher and has a 2-year expiration date, which is not that bad. I also enjoy my fruit powder! Especially during winter, you can replace a part of your fruit intake with them and easily boost every nicecream, dessert, salad, sauce or smoothie bowl.
Chia seeds are my all time favorite and I think the first “superfood” I’ve every bought. You can create so many beautiful things with Chia seeds, that it is actually a pity to just sprinkle them on oatmeal. For example, try this vegan chocolate chia pudding that is like a real chocolate pudding but with tons of benefits. To name just a few:
- They not only contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, they also help balance blood sugar levels
- Especially for sporty peeps it is interesting to know that Chia seeds are a complete protein, which contains all the essential amino acids to repair muscle tissue
- They are an extremely rich plant source of omega-3 fatty acids
- They can help clean our body as their fibrous gelatinous material around them promotes optimal digestion and ensures that food moves through optimally so that waste doesn’t end up being stored in your fat cells.
The Organic Hemp Seeds I use are not available in Switzerland but I purchased them pretty cheap over the internet.
As a vegetarian or vegan, I often get the question if I don’t miss any nutrients from not eating meat. And to be honest, I never really thought about that. At least not for the last 2 years. When I read more books about veganism, I started to purposefully incorporate some nutrient in my meals. 90% of these nutrients, I get from the plant-based foods that I eat on a daily basis. For the rest, I currently use vegan nutrients from Doppelherz, a trusted brand from Germany. I already had their magnesium when I was younger and used to have serious cramps!
I know oats are not nuts but I thought I would put them in the same category as I mostly use nuts and oats for the bottom of raw cakes. Oats are great as they are super healthy. If you just make them as a breakfast oatmeal or incorporated in a nutritious dessert such as these vegan Gluten-free, refined sugar-free Twix bars. My favorite part about Cashew nuts is when you soak them in water overnight and then you make wonderfully tasty Raw Cakes. My favorite is the beginners 2-layer raw vegan chocolate cake.
Where to even start when talking about the benefits of Coconut. To keep it short I basically use it for everything. I bake, cook and brush my teeth! with Coconut oil! I think there are four main coconut products you need to distinguish. Full-fat coconut milk (room temperature) is used for curries; when placed in the fridge overnight, the hard part separates and you have Coconut Cream. I use light coconut milk for my morning oats or flakes. Coconut oil is my baking essential number one as I often use it as a butter substitute whenever possible. You can find numerous example on my blog here.
Many recipes especially brownies or cakes require eggs. I published a picture explaining the different egg replacements. My favorites are ground flax and chia seeds. You make a flax or a Chia egg by soaking 1 tbsp chia or flax meal with 3 tbsp of water for a couple of minutes. I use this kind of Flaxseed for years now and I really like it. The brand is available worldwide.
To be honest I am not a very big fan of applesauce since it never worked with my recipes.
For bread loafs, I prefer organic yeast. I added cacao powder and carob powder as well as they are awesome and I use them a lot.
These are the different sweeteners I love to use for my recipes! Dates are my favorites but of course for bread loafs or cakes I switch to agave syrup or another liquid sweetener. Once you’ve tried them all you’ll find your top candidate.
Last but not least, the items I think it’s safe to say I use them the most. Chocolate and Peanut butter!. If you are going for a low-fat diet, I encourage you to take the powdered PB version as it has just a small amount of fat. Concerning chocolate, I have chocolate chips and cacao nibs in my pantry. Chocolate chips are sweeter than cacao nibs but I really enjoy the real cacao taste of cacao nibs. Something I’ve never tried or knew before I went on this plant-based journey. In any case, it is so worth it!
Hope it was interesting for you guys to read and I appreciate if you leave me a comment <3