101 Clever Ways to Go Grain-Free

Find out easy ways to cut grains out of your diet.

Get creative with the ingredients in your pantry to create healthy grain-free snacks and meals. For even more recipe and diet ideas, download the Dr. Oz app here!

1. Use Lettuce as a Wrap

Give your wrap more crunch by skipping the tortilla and putting grilled chicken, fish, and veggies inside leafy greens. You can choose among Bibb, romaine or cabbage leaves to cut down on carbs and load up on veggies. Try these crispy chicken and lettuce wraps.

2. Make a Burrito Bowl

Toss the ingredients you would regularly wrap in a tortilla into a bowl for a healthier no-carb, no-mess option. Load it up with veggies, beans, and ground meat and top with a dollop of sour cream and chives.

3. Replace Regular Flour With Almond Flour

Almond flour has changed the way we make meals and baked goods. It contains lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E that can reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.  It also can reduce hunger and help you shed off some extra weight. You can buy it in a store or make your own by placing soaked and dried almonds in food processor or blender on high and pulsing for 15-20 seconds. Be careful not to over-process or you will end up with almond butter instead!

4. Use Coconut Flour

Replace regular flour with coconut flour for a healthy alternative that is high in nutrients and low in calories. Coconut is rich in fiber and beneficial fats that can promote a healthy metabolism. You can make your own flour by blending together coconut and water, straining the mixture, and dehydrating the coconut meat. Save the coconut milk for other recipes.

5. Make Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodles are perfect for pasta lovers who are looking for a low-carb alternative. Use a vegetable peeler to cut zucchini lengthwise into long strips, and then cook in a skillet with olive oil until it is soft. Get the full recipe.

6. Make Grain-Free Granola

Skip the oats and make protein-packed granola clusters with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Make the granola into hearty breakfast bars or throw it on top of chia seed pudding.

7. Use Bean-Based Noodles

You can still enjoy your favorite pasta dishes while following a grain-free diet. Cook bean-based noodles like black bean spaghetti or soybean noodles. Beans are a protein-packed superfood that can fight cancer and prevent heart disease.

8. Use Portobello Mushrooms as Burger Buns

Sometimes skipping the bun just doesn’t cut it when you want a dense burger with no carbs. Use the caps of two roasted Portobello mushrooms to sandwich together veggies and a patty of your choice. Portobello mushrooms also have antioxidants that reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

9. Make Cauliflower Rice

Why order takeout when you can make your own fried rice with only a fraction of the calories? Cauliflower rice is super easy to make, and there’s so much you can do with it. Grate a cauliflower head into small granules, and then roast or stir fry it. You can also use riced cauliflower to make a flavorful pilaf. Get the full recipe. 

10. Order Wine Instead of Beer

Don’t forget about drinks when it comes to a grain-free diet. Beer is brewed from several different grains while wine is made from fermented grapes. Plus, red wine is more beneficial to your health. Red wine reduces risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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11. Have Dark Chocolate for Dessert

You don’t need to binge on cake, cookies, or brownies for dessert to satisfy your chocolate cravings — snack on dark chocolate instead! In addition to tasting delicious, dark chocolate has a wide range of benefits. It is one of the best sources of antioxidants, and may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Try to buy organic dark chocolate with a high cocoa content.

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12. Make Egg Patties

Add even more protein to your breakfast sandwich by replacing English muffins with egg patties. Place a round metal cookie cutter on a greased pan and pour in whisked eggs. If you don’t have a cookie cutter you can use canning jar rings. Get the full recipe.

13. Eat Your Favorite Sandwich as a Salad

Craving a BLT? Toss some fresh tomato slices and cooked bacon bits into a bowl of fresh lettuce. Top with chopped nuts and finish with a lemon dressing drizzle.

14. Use Nuts for Croutons

Nuts are a great substitution for croutons in a salad because they give you the same great crunch, without any grains. Add almonds, pistachios, or walnuts on top of your next salad for added flavor. 

15. Bake Sweet Potato Muffins

Flourless muffins are a great grain-free snack that can be enjoyed at any point throughout the day. Mash up sweet potatoes and bananas, and throw them in the blender along with almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and an egg. Pour into a muffin tin, bake, and enjoy!

16. Make a Steamed Vegetable Dish

Instead of a pasta dish, make a heaping bowl of steamed vegetables. If you aren’t too excited over a veggie bowl, add olive oil and pesto sauce for more flavors. This crunchy dish ensures you are getting your all off your daily nutrients while reducing your risk of developing chronic diseases. 

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17. Make Spaghetti Squash

Get more vegetables in your diet with pasta-free spaghetti. One cup of plain spaghetti contains approximately 220 calories, 42 grams of carbohydrates, and very few nutrients. In comparison, one cup of cooked spaghetti squash provides about 42 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and important nutrients such as vitamin A and potassium. Spaghetti squash is super easy to make, and goes perfect with pesto sauce. Get the full recipe.

18. Make Chickpea Flour Flatbread

Swap your store-bought tortilla or wrap for a low-calorie flatbread that replaces regular flour with chickpea flour. You can wrap up your favorite veggies, bake a flatbread pizza, or just dip it in hummus for a healthy snack. Get the full recipe.

19. Make Cabbage Spring Rolls

Replace rice wraps with cabbage leaves to give your spring rolls more crunch. Rice wraps are thin and don’t have too much flavor, so it’s time to get rid of unnecessary carbs. Roll up some veggies in cabbage leaves and dip in a warm ginger sauce.

20. Make Grain-Free, All-Purpose Baking Mix

From baking scrumptious cookies to creating a mouthwatering pizza, the possibilities are endless with this gluten-free baking mix recipe combining almond meal, coconut flour, and flax seeds. Unlike white flour that has little to none nutritional value, this flour can be used as a nutrient-rich substitute. It’s super easy to make, and contains no added chemicals.

21. Make Muffin Frittatas

Replace your quiche with a rich crust-free frittata to enjoy the flavors of meats, cheeses, and vegetables without any unnecessary carbs. Whisk together eggs and veggies like spinach, red peppers, onion, and tomato. You can even throw in pieces of ham. Pour the batter into muffin cups and then bake in the oven. Eating a frittata for breakfast is a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs to function throughout the day.

22. Make Egg Muffins

These little egg muffins are packed with nutrients that will jumpstart your morning and keep you satisfied throughout the day. Beat up some eggs and pour them into muffin tins. Throw in some vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, onion, tomato, or spinach. Bake them in the oven, sprinkle some salt to taste and enjoy! Get the full recipe.

23. Replace Lasagna Noodles With Zucchini Slices

You don’t need layers on layers of lasagna noodles to create this classic family favorite. Replace noodles with zucchini slices to lighten you carb-load and create zesty flavors. There’s no difficult tricks, just simply assemble the lasagna the same way you would with noodles but with zucchini slices instead. Get the full recipe.

24. Make Eggplant Bread Sticks

Make “breaded” eggplant sticks using almond flour to make soft and crispy veggie sticks. Peel and cut eggplant into long sticks, dip into an egg wash and coat with almond flour. Serve these healthy sticks as a basket filler and dip in a zesty marinara sauce.

25. Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust

One of America’s favorite foods just got a whole lot healthier. When it comes to carbs, pizza can be the ultimate junk food. Use grated cauliflower as a flour alternative for breads and doughs. Combine grated cauliflower, mozzarella cheese, egg, garlic, parsley, and basil and then shape the dough on a metal pan. Throw on your favorite toppings, bake in the oven and enjoy! Get the full recipe.

26. Make Cloud Bread

Cloud bread gets its name because of its soft, fluffy texture. It’s light and super easy to make — calling for just four ingredients. All you need are eggs, cream cheese, sugar, and cream of tartar. You can eat it on its own or use it for simple sandwiches. Get the full recipe.

27. Try Chocolate Chia Pudding

Skip bread pudding for dessert and make a creamy chocolate pudding by mixing cocoa powder, chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Refrigerate overnight, and enjoy the next day as a sweet treat. Get the full recipe.

28. Use Black Beans for Brownies

This protein-packed substitute is perfect for making fudgy brownies. Try swapping out 1 cup of flour for 1 cup of blacks beans rinsed, cooked, drained, and pureed. Get the full recipe.

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29. Swap Out Breadcrumbs for Almond Meal

You don’t need to give up breaded foods while going grain-free. Make this almond flour to enjoy your favorite crispy snacks and meals. Dip chicken or vegetables in an egg wash and coat with almond meal. Make sure to mix in herbs and spices to the almond meal for extra flavor.

30. Make Cauliflower Couscous

Cauliflower couscous is a light and fluffy rice alternative. When you chop up, grate, and cook cauliflower in olive oil it tastes almost identical to couscous. Stir in onion, garlic, and some minced herbs such as mint and rosemary. Get the full recipe.

31. Skip Cereal and Drink a Nutritious Smoothie

Most cereals are loaded with added sugar and refined carbs that may be harmful to our health — even ones that are labeled “all-natural” and “whole-grain.” If you are looking for a quick and convenient way to have a satisfying breakfast, try a nutritious almond butter banana smoothie instead of a bowl of cereal.

32. Make Your Own Chickpea Flour

You can make your own grain-free flour in a few simple steps by placing dried chickpeas into a high speed blender. Pulse several times until the beans are broken down into a fine powder. Plus, chickpeas are loaded with protein, fiber, manganese, and folate that can boost overall health.

33. Make Healthy Zucchini Muffins

Use soy flour as a white flour alternative to make healthy zucchini muffins. Soy flour helps lower cholesterol and its high protein content builds muscle. It is the perfect way to start the day! Smear some cream cheese on top of this treat for a satisfying breakfast muffin low in carbs. Get the full recipe.

34. Eat Mashed Bananas

Use mashed bananas to make a grain-free oatmeal alternative. Mash up a couple of bananas and top with brown sugar, berries, seeds, and nuts. Bananas are a great source of potassium and magnesium, which are essential heart health. The nutrients in bananas also help curb your appetite by keeping you satisfied throughout the day.

35. Make Your Own Sunflower Seed Flour

For people with nut allergies, sunflower seed flour is a good substitute for almond flour. It is sweet and nutty — perfect for baked goods. Plus, sunflower seeds are rich in protein and fiber. To make this flour, grind sunflower seeds in a food processor or blender until they are finely ground. Use sunflower seed flour in your muffin and brownie recipes.

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36. Use Tapioca Flour

Tapioca flour is a slightly sweet wheat alternative that has many uses in baking. It works great as a thickening agent in sauces, pies, dips, fillings, and soups since it contains almost no taste or smell. Combine tapioca flour with other grain-free flours for best results.

37. Use Ham as a Wrap

A protein-packed breakfast can curb your appetite and help you eat healthier throughout the day. Give your breakfast a protein boost by wrapping eggs and veggies into a slice of ham.  Ham slices are a great alternative to bland tortilla wraps that increase your daily carb load.

38. Use Chia Seeds to Coat Your Chicken

This is a new take on crispy chicken cutlets. Chia seeds add extra crunch and a boost of protein, fiber and minerals. Combine the seeds with garlic powder, turmeric, salt, and pepper to make an alternative breadcrumb mixture. Dip cutlets into an egg wash and coat with the chia mixture. Cook the chicken on a stovetop and garnish with lemon. Get the full recipe.

39. Cook Shirataki Noodles

If you are tempted to cook up ramen noodles, consider grain-free shirataki noodles. These zero-calorie noodles are similar to ramen, but are thin and clear. They are widely used in Japan and served with sautéed vegetables. Although they are flavorless, they add texture and pick up the flavors of savory sauces. Get the full recipe.

40. Make an Omelet Pizza

If you are deciding between breakfast and lunch, a pizza omelet is the perfect grain-free brunch option. Replace pizza crust with eggs and spread with tomato sauce. Sprinkle with olives, mushrooms, and mozzarella. Grill until the cheese melts, and enjoy this savory meal.

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41. Make Almond Flour Pancakes

Make your pancakes light and fluffy without refined white flour. Almond flour gives pancakes an extra nutty flavor while reducing calorie count. For an extra twist, add lemon juice and poppy seeds to your pancake batter. Serve with pure maple syrup and some fresh berries. Get the full recipe.

42. Skip Toast, Add Greens

It’s important to have a colorful plate — even in the morning. Take advantage of the vast amount of nutrients found in vegetables to jumpstart your metabolism in the morning. Go for eggs for breakfast over a bed of greens instead toast. 

43. Make Sweet Potato Sliders

Instead of using a hamburger bun, place a mini burger in between two roasted sweet potato slices. These buns work well with veggie and turkey burgers, and pack in some extra nutrients. Sweet potatoes also help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

44. Use Smoked Salmon as a Wrap

Wrap up asparagus, cucumbers, onion, and garlic into slices of smoked salmon for a nutritious snack. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that may help protect against heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

45. Take Off the Buns

When in doubt, just remove hamburger buns to avoid the extra carbs. You can use vegetables as buns or toss the ground beef into a burrito bowl. 

45. Make Carrot Fettuccine

Fettuccine noodles are a staple among pasta lovers. Make a veggie alternative by shaving a couple of carrots into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler and then simmer in olive oil until tender. To bulk up this dish you can even add ground beef to make a carrot Bolognese.

46. Spiralize Broccoli Stems

Don’t discard leftover broccoli stems; spiralize them to make a healthy noodle alternative. Dazzle this dish by sautéing them in olive oil and garlic. Finish off with a squeeze of lemon and roasted pine nuts. You can even add beans or beef for a delicious stir-fry. 

47. Spiralize Beets

Spiralizing has changed the way we eat beets. You can make this raw noodle alternative by spiralizing beets and marinating them in an olive oil and red wine vinegar mixture. Toss in mandarin oranges and mint for a sweet kick. Make sure to wear gloves to avoid staining your hands. 

48. Spiralize Parsnips

Dress up your kale salad with spiralized parsnips. Spiralized parsnips look just like pasta, when in fact it is a nutritious substitute. Cook parsnip noodles in a large skillet over medium-high heat and transfer them onto a bed of kale. Add butternut squash and feta cheese to make this dish complete.

49. Spiralize Sweet Potatoes

Spiralize sweet potatoes for a sweet noodle alternative. Place the noodles in a skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil, and cook until tender. Get creative and make a Thanksgiving inspired noodle dish by topping the sweet potatoes with turkey breast and cranberries.

50. Spiralize Cucumbers

Spiralized cucumbers are perfect for salads, noodle dishes, side dishes, and soups. Make a cold sesame noodle salad to get the feeling of a pasta dish, but with added crunch. Plus, cucumber’s “cool” effects can fight inflammation in the body.

51. Try Plantains With Breakfast

Instead of toast, grill slices of ripe plantains to fill up your breakfast plate. Grill plantains in a skillet with coconut oil to add extra sweetness. You can combine grilled plantains with chopped avocado and tomato and top it off with a sunny egg.

52. Bake Chickpea Muffins

Chickpea muffins are the perfect fat burning snack. Mix pureed chickpeas, carrots, nutritional yeast, and olive oil to make the muffin batter. Drop a couple of spoonfuls of the batter into a muffin pan and sprinkle poppy seeds on top. Get the full recipe.

53. Make Coconut Flour Muffins

Use coconut flour as a simple muffin base to make a nutty snack or sweet dessert. Swap out white flour for coconut flour in your favorite muffin recipes.

54. Make Paleo Pasta

If your pasta cravings are too strong to settle for spiralized veggie noodles, you can make your own grain-free pasta with a cup of chickpea flour and an egg. Stir them together until you get  dough that is firm and smooth, and then knead for a little. Roll out the dough and cut into noodles of your desire thickness with a knife, pizza cutter, or pasta maker. Make sure to boil the pasta in salted water and cook until soft. Strain and pour your favorite pasta sauce on top — and don’t forget the cheese and veggies.

55. Replace Polenta With Cauliflower

Use cauliflower as a polenta alternative to avoid adding loads of butter, cream, and cheese. Regular polenta can be bland without fattening additives, but pureeing roasted cauliflower roasted with garlic and onions adds lots of flavor. Process until it is thick and creamy, then top with sautéed mushrooms for a delicious dinner.

56. Make Chia Seed Oatmeal

Replace oats with chia seeds to get the consistency of oatmeal without all the carbs. These power seeds are loaded with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids and have very few calories. Make this oatmeal using soymilk and espresso shots for energy. Top with nuts and berries. Get the full recipe.

57. Make Grain-Free Scones

Just because you are on a grain-free diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite breakfast pastries. Instead of regular flour you can combine brown rice flour, coconut flour, sorghum flour, and tapioca starch to create an alternative mixture. Add berries and walnuts to give your scones an extra kick. Get the full recipe.

58. Bake a Seasonal Crumble

Add sugar and butter to your almond meal and stir until the mixture become clumpy. Pour the crumble on top of your fruit filling and bake until golden brown to make a delicious seasonal crumble. Almonds pair nicely with apples, blueberries, and peaches, so consider what popular fruit is in season for your next baking day.

59. Make Potato Lasagna

This Italian classic just got a whole lot healthier. Switch up your typical lasagna by substituting noodles for sliced potatoes. Get the full recipe.

60. Make a No-Rice Butternut Squash Risotto

Place cubes of butternut squash in a food processor and pulse until it forms tiny granules. Transfer the squash into a pan with olive oil and add vinegar, parsley and a couple cups of chicken broth. Cover and cook for about half an hour, stirring occasionally. Toss in some herbs like sage and rosemary for added flavor.

61. Eat Plantain Chips Instead of Crackers

If you are craving crunchy chip-like snack foods, eat sweet plantain chips. You can also use them as healthy salsa and guacamole scoopers. Make your own by dipping plantain slices in coconut oil and baking them in the oven.

62. Make a Meat-za

Just because you give up grains doesn’t mean you have to end your relationship with pizza. Use ground meat to form a protein-packed pizza crust. Spread a chunky tomato sauce on top and sprinkle with cheeses. You can add pepperoni for an extra protein-fix, or switch it up with veggies.

63. Make Cauliflower Porridge

Instead of oatmeal for breakfast, whip up a bowl of creamy cauliflower porridge. Pulse a large cauliflower head in a food processor until it has a rice-like consistency. Transfer into a large pan and stir in lemon zest, coconut, coconut butter, and coconut milk. Simmer for about half an hour until the porridge is soft and creamy, and enjoy.

64. Make Sweet Potato Nachos

Make the perfect nachos by using sweet potato chips instead of tortilla chips. You can buy them in the store or make your own by cutting slices of sweet potatoes, dipping them in coconut oil, and then baking them in the oven. While the potatoes are baking, start cooking ground beef with herbs and spices. Transfer the beef onto the potato crisps, and top with homemade guacamole and scallions.

65. Edamame Pasta

You can now find this addicting Japanese appetizer in noodle form. It makes the perfect white pasta substitute because edamame is low-calorie, contains no cholesterol, and is an excellent source of protein. It also goes great with a zesty pesto!

66. Make Almond Flour Crepes

Reduce the amount of calories in your breakfast and delicate desserts with almond flour. You can make a savory breakfast crepe by adding cheese, veggies, and ham to your crepe. For dessert, make a sweet dessert crepe with chocolate and bananas.  

67. Make Grain-Free Sweet Potato Muffins

Mashed sweet potatoes are great muffin fillers that will fluff them up while also giving them moisture. Combine shredded carrots, grated apples, shredded coconut, almond flour, cinnamon, dried fruit, and nuts. For extra sweetness add some pure apple syrup.

68. Make Grain-Free Nutrition Bars

Most nutrition bars are carb-filled with oats — but you can make your own by bringing together nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. In a food process or blender grind almonds and add some dates, cherries, coconut, chia seeds, orange juice, vanilla extract, and chia seeds. If you’d like, add cacao for a kick of chocolate. Spread the mixture onto a baking pan and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Get the full recipe.

69. Kelp Noodles

Kelp noodles are glass noodles made from brown seaweed that is bland in taste, but has a crunchy flavor and picks up flavor really well. Stir in some shredded carrots and spiralized zucchini. Finish with a teriyaki glaze and top with roasted nuts and sesame seeds. The great thing about these noodles is that they contain almost no carbohydrates and is high in iodine — great for a healthy thyroid.

70. Cabbage Strips

Instead of pasta, opt for sautéed cabbage strips. Make them by cutting or spiralizing cabbage into small shreds  — as if you were making coleslaw. Add cabbage to a heated pan with butter and cook over medium-high heat until the leaves are tender. Transfer the strips to a plate and season with salt and pepper.

71. Choose Soup Over Sandwiches

For lunch, fill up on a hearty bowl of soup rather than a sandwich. You can still savor the deliciousness of your favorite veggies and protein, without the bread. Just add them to your favorite soups and stews. Soups will fill you up while your waist size drops down.

72. Stuff Sweet Potatoes

Stuff a cooked sweet potato with chicken, spinach and peppers to make a satisfying low-carb meal. This dish is loaded with vitamin C, E, and B6 along with beta-carotene and potassium. Get the full recipe.

73. Make an Avocado Breakfast Pudding

Skip oatmeal, you can make a low-calorie breakfast pudding with yummy avocados. Combine avocados, bananas, and cocoa powder in a blender until smooth and creamy. For a more intense flavor, you can add almond butter. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two and enjoy! Get the full recipe.

74. Fill Your Breakfast Plate With Hash Browns

Supplement your eggs with hash brown patties instead of toast. Shred and drain several potatoes with cold water. Transfer them to a pan with butter and add spices such as pepper, cayenne, and paprika. When browned, these delicious patties will crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

75. Use Nutty Bread for Sandwiches

If you aren’t in the mood for airy cloud bread make a chewy, hearty, and satisfying nutty bread that brings together coconut flour, seeds, water, and coconut oil. This bread is the perfect grain-free sandwich bread solution that will add nutty textures and flavors to your lunch.

76. Make Zucchini Pancakes

Use coconut flour, zucchini and eggs to make dense nutrient-rich pancakes. It’s the perfect way to start the day! Top with applesauce for a sweet kick.

77. Make Sweet Potato Pancakes

In addition to making grain-free pancakes, you can make them sugar-free by using sweet potatoes. Combine pureed sweet potatoes, coconut flour, and eggs to form a creamy batter. Throw them on the skillet and cook until they are golden brown on each side. Top these pancakes with an apple cinnamon mixture for a sweet finish.

78. Make Spinach Cakes

Who said cake was only for dessert? You can make savory spinach and cheese cakes by mixing together chopped spinach, ricotta cheese, Parmesan, eggs, and garlic and then spooning the mixture into a muffin pan. Bake them in the oven and serve warm!

79. Make Paleo Gravy

Nothing tastes better than gravy poured over a heaping bowl of mashed potatoes, turkey and biscuits. However, gravy usually contains some all-purpose flour as a thickener. You can replace white flour with a combination of potato flour and almond flour to dress your favorite comfort foods. 

80. Make a Breakfast Banana Split

Banana split for breakfast? Make this classic desert a healthy breakfast by cutting a banana in half and filling the banana boat with yogurt, berries and nuts. Eat this satisfying breakfast treat in place of a grain-filled parfait.  

81. Make Scalloped Potatoes

If you are craving cheesy lasagna, try baking a scalloped potato gratin instead. You will need a couple pounds of sliced russet potatoes, grated Parmesan, garlic, and heavy cream. Assemble the ingredients and pop it in the oven. The whole family will love this dish!

82. Make Grain-Free Banana Bread

Mashed bananas and almond flour go a long way. Together, they create the perfect nutty kick for sweet bread that is dense and moist. Have this treat for desert or toast it with butter in the morning for a sweet banana toast. 

83. Make Grain-Free Pie Crust

Use coconut flour to make an easy pie crust for all your sweet fillings. All you need is coconut oil, eggs, coconut flour and honey to give your desert some crumble. You can also use this crust for savory quiches or tarts.

84. Make a Grain-Free Hamburger Bun

If replacing your typical hamburger bun with vegetables just isn’t working for you, try making a grain-free hamburger bun with almond flour. Mix the almond flour with eggs, baking soda, salt and honey in a bowl. Pour the batter into a hamburger bun pan and bake until golden brown. Cool, slice in half and insert the burger patty of your choice. 

85. Make Buckwheat Pancakes

Don’t let the mention of wheat in the name fool you — buckwheat is a nutritious seed related to rhubarb. These flavorful pancakes are thin, airy and gluten-free. Boost your breakfast by spreading almond butter and topping with strawberries and nuts.

86. Make Your Own Baking Powder

Baking powder is one of the most common ingredients that recipes call for. If you are pursuing a grain-free diet, it is important to know that most baking powders contain grains as fillers. You can make your own baking powder by combining baking soda, arrowroot powder and cream of tartar

87. Potato Flour Pizza Crust

Potato flour is made from dehydrated potatoes that have been ground into a fine powder. This flour is good at holding water to make moist yeast bread with a long shelf life — perfect for pizza dough! Spread a nice tomato sauce and add pizza toppings such as pepperoni, mushrooms, basil, olives, and onions.

88. Skip Soy Sauce

This popular condiment is a hidden source of gluten and grains. It is brewed from water, wheat, soybeans, and salt. Also, soy sauce has a high salt content so cut this out of your diet if you are concerned about high blood pressure. Instead of using this marinade for meat and vegetables, use coconut aminos instead. 

89. Boil Eggs

Keep yourself satisfied throughout the day by snacking on boiled eggs. The great thing about eggs is that you can bring them on the go and eat them when carb cravings creep up on you. Boil a dozen eggs the beginning of the week to have this protein-packed super food at hand.

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90. Make a Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Instead of making a bland bowl of cereal, make a fast and filling breakfast bowl packed with nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties. Put two cups of Greek yogurt into a bowl and add a little bit of honey. Add banana slices, berries, toasted walnuts, pecans, almonds, and chia seeds to the mix.

91. Pumpkin Bagels

Use canned pumpkin to get the nuttiness of a cinnamon raison bagel, without the large carb-load. Mix the pumpkin puree with coconut flour, golden flax meal, coconut milk, eggs and spices for a grain-free bagel. You can use bagel pans or shape the dough yourself. Place in the oven and when cooled, smear with a cinnamon sugar cream cheese spread.

92. Make Grain-Free Meatloaf

You don’t need breadcrumbs to recreate mom’s classic meat loaf. Instead, replace breadcrumbs with almond flour to make a grain-free tender loaf.

93. Make Cucumber Boats

Ditch the tuna salad sandwich and scoop the salad into hollowed-out cucumbers. The cucumber with give your tuna salad more crunch and flavor — ensuring you get your daily dose of greens

94. Stuff Avocados

The cavity created by an avocado’s large pit is ideal for stuffing it with many ingredients. You can scoop in chicken salad or mix in ground meat, cheese, onions and tomatoes to make an avocado taco. Stuffing avocados not only helps you avoid bread, but ensures your body is getting the healthy fats it needs.

More: 10 Ways to Eat Stuffed Avocados 

95. Stuff Mushrooms

Use large Portobello mushrooms caps to hold your favorite fillers. Take the ingredients you would usually roll up in a tortilla or sandwich in between bread, and place it inside a mushroom. You can place them in the oven and crust them with parmesan cheese. Get the full recipe.

96. Make Grain-Free Stuffing

Make this holiday classic using seasonal root vegetables like turnips and sweet potatoes as a base for a stuffing. Instead of using breadcrumbs for your stuffing, use almond flour.

97. Make Mushroom Pizza Crust

Usually you use mushrooms as a pizza topping instead of a pizza base. But for those going grain-free, a roasted Portobello mushroom is the perfect pizza crust alternative. Place a large mushroom on a baking sheet, and bake for five minutes in the oven. Remove, and spread spaghetti sauce in the cup of the cap. Top with cheese, olives, pepperoni, and garlic to make a delicious mushroom pizza.

98. Make Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Instead of cookies, go for fruit and chocolate! Dip rinsed strawberries into melted dark chocolate and refrigerate. Curb your chocolate cravings with these simple treats.

99. Make Raw Carrot Cake

You can make a no bake raw carrot cake with your food processor. Pulse shredded carrots, dates, dried coconut, coconut flour, and cinnamon until all the ingredients stick together. Pour the batter into a pan and refrigerate.

100. Make Eggplant Buns

Eggplant is sturdy, soft and half the calories of a typical bun. That’s why it makes such a great bun for your next burger or sandwich. Roast two large eggplant caps and stack a burger and filling between them.

101. Boycott the Bread Basket

When the waiter puts the breadbasket on the table while dining out, it is tempting to grab a roll, butter it up, and indulge. Muster up the will power to resist refined white carbs, and fill up on grain-free small plates instead. If you still can’t resist, ask the waiter to take away the basket.

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