Hi! I am a couple of days in my 21 Day Challenge and looking for some new kid-friendly Paleo options. I am wanting to try some baked zucchini fries - but the recipe calls for bread crumbs. There are several other recipes that call for bread crumbs as well that could be "Paleo" if I subbed something else in. I don't know that coconut flour or almond flour are substantial enough to do the job. Any thoughts? Thank you!
for just crispy i would toss with rice flour, potato flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour. pork rinds are good, too. for "bread" like crumbs then definitely nut flours but you will taste the nut a bit. almond would be really nice with the zucchini but if they get too dark, in my opinion, the almond flour starts to taste really strange and bitter. same with the coconut flour.. but that could just be me. when i cook with almond flour at a high heat i keep a pretty tight eye so things don't get too dark. using parchment paper helps, too. if you eventually allow cheese back into your diet, a mix of the flours + some grated parmesan cheese will give you a crazy good coating.
sometime you should definitely try baked sweet potato fries - japanese sweet potato, garnet and/or jewel yam... yum. plain with just salt and pepper or tossed with herbs, spices.. a fun way to eat that tuber now and then :) have fun!
I use arrowroot powder in that kind of situation. In fact, I just finished my lunch of arrowroot "bread" pork chops pan fried in coconut oil. I'm sad it'd done :(.
Arrowroot power is a fairly long chain glucose polymer and nothing else (i.e., it's only starch and nothing bad).
I know you're looking for substitute flours but unless your doing double deep fried battered chicken or are gluten sensitive, I think one could very reasonably look at a little bread crumbs or flour as "seasoning". I still use regular old stone ground flour in my crock pot roast gravies.