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Benefits and Downsides of Flourless Cakes

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Today, going flour-free or gluten-free is a health trend that is reaching gigantic proportions. Celebrities and everyone else seems to be jumping onto the gluten-free bandwagon, and companies manufacturing food products are ensuring that they have flour-free variants of cookies, breads etc; these products sit cheek-by-jowl with standard white baking flour.

And so if you want to go on a gluten-free diet you must be one of those people who scour stores and scrutinise food packaging labels to ensure you are buying products that are gluten-free. But what happens when you get a craving for pies and cakes? Worry not, it isn’t difficult to find cake and muffin recipes that are flour-free; and all patisseries now have these delectables on their shelves too. The pros and cons of a gluten-free diet is a widely-debated topic; let’s take a look at how well flourless cakes do on this count.

The Benefits

  • When we talk about flourless cakes, it’s important to keep in mind that not all flour is off-limits. For instance Almond Flour has 3 times the fibre that regular wheat flour has. It’s packed with iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and has 6 gms of protein per 1/4th cup, plus it’s cholesterol free.
  • These kinds of flours are good for you because they have monosaturated fats
  • They contribute to longer satiety which means, you aren’t necessarily going to binge on that devil’s chocolate cake if its free of regular wheat flour
  • You can use these non-traditional flours such as sweet rice flour to bake the most delicious cakes, pies, breads and cookies
  • Cakes that are made with Almond Flour are very smooth textured and have a rich buttery flavour
  • Coconut flour is non-traditional baking flour that contains 10-times more of disease fighting properties compared to the latter. When you use this to bake cakes, it helps reduce the glycemic index which in turn helps control blood sugar levels
  • Almost all flourless cakes contain lesser calories per serving
  • Many of these flours have a neutral flavour that lends itself well to baking as it doesn’t overpower the flavour of the other ingredients used in the cake
  • Grain and gluten-free, garbanzo bean flour adds a very dense and rich texture to cakes, and it cuts calories and fat from the dessert.
  • Quinoa flour contains 9 essential amino acids that are needed to build proteins in the body. It also has 3 times more energy-enhancing iron compared to standard bleached flour
  • Those who suffer from celiac disease don’t have to worry about bloating, headaches or brain fog when they consume flourless cakes

In short, when you use any of these non-traditional flours to bake cakes, you are opting for a healthier alternative that is loaded with fibre & protein, which helps fight diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. These flours are nutrient-rich and help in keeping you full and focused. It’s a delicious way of getting empty calories out of your diet.

The Downsides

  • If you opt to buy flourless cakes versus baking them at home, you may just end up packing on the kilos. This is because manufacturers tend to use potato or corn starch for added texture and these are more calorific than their standard counterparts.
  • When you avoid flour, you may also be setting yourself up for a vitamin deficiency; wheat is a rich source of Thiamine as well as a number of other B Vitamins. These are important for healthy skin, nerves, hair and your brain too
  • Non-traditional flours also typically cost 2 to 3 times more than traditional ones and so baking flourless cakes can prove to be heavy on your pocket

The Smarter and Healthier Choice

With all these points in view, it’s still evident that the benefits of flourless cakes significantly outweigh the downsides. Luckily, it isn’t difficult to acquire gluten-free flours and you will also find numerous baking sites that feature cake recipes that use these flours. They are a good option for people who have celiac disease as well as for anyone else who is health conscious and well literally- wants to have their cake and eat it too !!

At Ganache Patisserie you will find fantastic breads and delicious croissants, french cakes, pastries and savoury treats for everyday consumption as well as for special occasions. Come; explore our scrumptious world of goodies.

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