Almond flour, coconut flour, soy flour, pumpkin seed flour, ...
Previously almost unknown - today with the spread of the so-called low-carb diets ( diet in which the proportion of carbohydrates in the daily diet is reduced), these substitutes for our traditional wheat flour are hard to imagine.
The only drawback: Due to the relatively high fat content, the calories that such flour brings with it are not without.
My alternative? Guar gum! That sounds crazy. Ever heard of it?
Guar gum is the ground endosperm of the guar bean, an annual legume.
The predominant use of guar gum is as an emulsifier and thickener in various foods. It has a neutral smell and taste and can therefore be ideally used as a binding agent to thicken liquids. It can be used for baking, jams and jellies, soups, salad dressings, sauces, syrups, juices or dairy products.
For me in particular: In smoothies! It improves the texture and is also gluten and lactose free. Oh yes: Excellent for the vegans among you too!
Here is my favorite recipe for the perfect banana guar gum smoothie:
- 150ml water
- 100 frozen banana pieces
- 3 g guar gum
- 30g protein powder
Put everything in the mixing bowl and mix into a creamy smoothie → 5min. | Level 4
You can buy guar gum in all well-stocked health food stores and organic shops.
Online, for example at Alnatura