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"Lisa" had this to say:

I have been noticing a lot of low carb recipes use almond or coconut flour and milk.  Is there any other substitute?  I am allergic to coconut and tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts...)

Thank you! 


---Reply posted by DJ on 3/19/2015
Hi Lisa, generally ... yep! Almond flour is pretty easy to substitute. Use sunflower seed flour. This is a solid alternative, basically right across the board. When heated, it can turn a funny shade of green/blue, but the color change is totally harmless. Regarding almond and coconut milks, you can typically use regular milk and/or cream. Other milks like soy or hemp are also possibilities. Keep in mind that different recipes may call for different substitutions, but for the most part these suggestions will work 98% of the time. The one that IS a pickle to substitute, however, is the coconut flour. This one is very unique and I know of no other flour type that duplicates it, exactly. On this one, my suggestion isn't very helpful, but ... it's to "find another recipe". Let's say you find a wonderful lemon-poppyseed muffin, but it contains coconut flour. My suggestion is to keep searching. There's a good chance that you'll find an alternate recipe that doesn't use it. You MAYBE could use something like ground chia seeds, tripling the amount and reducing an egg per tbsp. of coconut flour ... and this has a strong chance of working a lot of the time, but you'll need to add a little extra liquid and ... different recipes will have unexpected results. It's a direction you can experiment with, if you're feeling brave and want to really learn how to substitute coconut flour with chia, but ... expect some landmines in there ... If you're not feeling brave ... search for an alternate recipe. I hope this helps! :)