I was wondering if the following are acceptable for a Paleo eating plan?
Vanilla extract Coconut sugar (palm sugar) Dried fruits (no added sugar) Guar gum Xanthan gum Xylitol
From my understanding none of those items are paleo
Read recipies and you can find what paleo bakers use in their goods. I also listen to podcasts and have invested in a couple cook books as I know this is a lifestyle change for me.
Sounds like you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth. Also not quite paleo/primal but if you get organic Stevia that might be a more suitable solution.
I still crave sweet things and do every now and then indulge in some organic liquorice from my local organic store so if it is a sometimes only thing don't stress too much.
If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth on an ongoing basis id recommend against it, you are just setting yourself up for failure. Most people can train the sweet tooth right out of them. And my hat off to those people :)
If your sweet tooth is nagging you, and you're truly eating paleo, then in the long run, that is likely to stop your craving. In the short run, read this thread for some suggestions on coping. Also, here are some short-term suggestions on supplements:
Some members report that a craving for sweets is satisfied by something high-fat. You could try a quick "paleo shake":
Heat the liquid in a microwave for a minute, then pour into a glass that has the other ingredients. Stir and fish out the berries with a spoon, and drink the liquid.
For holiday baking, I have no suggestions, since I don't bake. Have you tried googling "paleo baking"?
I'm just trying to figure out holiday baking for the most part. Not crazy about stevia. I get too much of an aftertaste. Also wondering if fruit juice is okay as long as it's 100% juice. As you can tell, I'm really new to this.
Xylitol is definitely NOT Paleo but it sure tastes better than stevia and I've read nothing suggesting that its harmful in reasonable quantities.
Sometimes a little sweetness goes a long way. If you are choosing xylitol over sugar in holiday baking just to get through the season, then so be it. Next year you may find you don't need it.
There's a new book out called "joy of gluten- free, sugar free baking" the recipes are all based on home ground nut flours but call for Stevia or Splenda. I think xylitol would work fine.
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