In this post I’m sharing some favorite items that I always keep stocked in my pantry! Lots of people ask me about my favorite cooking ingredients, so I decided to open my pantry and show you what I love.
I took the pictures myself, so they’re not the most polished, but they’re very real. 🙂
You may know that I love to cook and I’m very intuitive in the kitchen. Cooking is a fun and meditative practice for me. If I’ve had a tough day I know that I can raise my vibration simply by stepping into the kitchen and getting creative.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen me share my process on the #GabbyCookingShow in my Instagram Stories.
I want to invite you more into this part of my world, so I hope you dig this peek inside my pantry.
I also included a few recipes that I use all the time. Enjoy!
15 of my favorite pantry items
1. Organic cacao powder
Here’s a recipe using cacao powder, plus more items on this list…
½ cup decaf coffee
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 scoop of coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
Cup of ice
Blend all ingredients!
Dean’s Beans says it’s the best-tasting decaf in the world, and I have to agree! The taste and aroma of this Italian espresso roast lifts me up without any caffeine.
What’s cool is that this coffee is decaffeinated using a gentle and environmentally friendly water-based process.
3. Ground flaxseed
Ground flaxseed is sooo great in smoothies!
Flax is a superfood with lots of omega-3 essential fatty acids for healthy brain functioning and a healthy heart. It’s also a nice source of fiber.
I keep the Spectrum brand stocked in my pantry. As you can see, I use it a lot!
If you’re not familiar with harissa, it’s a chili paste that shows up a lot in North African dishes.
5. Medjool dates
Typically I don’t eat dates because they’re sugary. But dates are great for women in their third trimester because they soften the cervix. It’s said that you should eat about six dates a day leading up to labor, so I rocked the dates at the end of my pregnancy!
I love using Terrasoul dates in my smoothies, and even when I bake as a sugar replacement. Keep in mind dates are super sweet, so maybe don’t put them in your morning smoothie if you don’t want a sugar overload first thing in the morning.
Here’s a cool and super easy snack recipe: Take the pits out of dates, then cover them with peanut butter or almond butter, freeze and enjoy!
6. Mary’s Gone Crackers seaweed & black sesame crackers
These are my staple. I love Mary’s. This is the best snack with hummus or pesto. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Plus the seeds are an awesome plant-based source of protein.
If you like that salty-savory flavor but don’t want a bunch of artificial ingredients, you’ll be obsessed with these crackers!
It’s a great cracker for your kiddos and perfect for anyone who eats gluten free.
7. Chestnut flour
I mainly bake with chestnut flour. When I was healing a gut condition I could only use chestnut flour for baking and breads for six months. This was part of my healing protocol.
I’d never heard of chestnut flour before! Turns out it’s delicious. Super sweet and rich. Replace any baking recipe with chestnut flour and you’ll love it!
Banana bread with chestnut flour
1½ cups chestnut flour
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut cream
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts
Blend and bake in a 350° F oven for 45 minutes. (You may need to adjust the temperature based on your oven.)
I LOVE tahini! It’s great with quinoa, in salad dressings and drizzled over any meal. Tahini has a lot of minerals and vitamins (it’s especially high in calcium and protein).
When I was healing my gut condition, I got this recipe from my doctor’s nutritionist and became obsessed with it!
1. In a small glass container (I like the square or rectangle shapes, with a wide, flat surface area), melt shortening/ghee and coconut oil, just until soft.
2. Stir in liquid stevia (equivalent of 3 packets of stevia) and cinnamon.
3. Stir in tahini. Mix well with spoon.
4. Place in the freezer to set, and then score with a knife and eat. Yum!
9. Herbal teas
As you can see I have a ton of different teas in my pantry. Pukka lemon, ginger & manuka honey tea is one of my favorites. (It’s in the orange box behind the Gaia.) It’s perfect for winter — warm and soothing for the tummy.
Traditional Medicinals Belly Comfort peppermint tea is great for digestion. I’m also a big fan of Yogi ginger tea and Gaia gas & bloating tea. If you’ve read my gut blog, then you know I’m all about good digestion!
If you need something sweet, check out this coconut vanilla dessert tea.
And Tazo chamomile tea is super comforting before bed.
Cook with it. Bake with it. Put it in your smoothie and blend it into your coffee!
Coconut oil coats your gut lining and is a fantastic antibacterial.
Get your healthy fats! 🥥
I swear by So Delicious organic coconut milk! I put it in smoothies and have it with my favorite cereal (below).
I love it because it’s sugar free but still sweet.
Erewhon is my favorite cereal. It’s non-GMO, organic, gluten-free, vegan and very low in natural sugar.
I eat it with sugar-free vanilla coconut milk for natural sweetness.
Collagen peptides are fab for hair, strong nails, healthy skin and digestion.
They’re also good for your bones and joint health.
Each serving has 20 grams of collagen. This powder is unflavored, so you can mix it into a smoothie or coffee.
It sounds counterintuitive, but hot sauce is a good anti-inflammatory because it has a compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin is also good for your metabolism and for helping to prevent chronic diseases.
I love it so much that Tabasco sent me a personalized bottle!!
15. Truvani supplements
My friends Vani Hari and Derek Halpern started an amazing company called Truvani.
I’m obsessed with their products and have been mixing them into my smoothies!
Create a healthy spiritual relationship to food and yourself
Let me be really honest: I didn’t always have fun in the kitchen or experience cooking in a meditative way. I struggled with disordered eating and food addiction for years.
But thanks to my committed spiritual practice, I overcame my food issues. Now I have an awesome relationship to food!
If you struggle to love your body or have issues with food, I want to support you. My digital course Finally Full offers:
- 3 inspirational talks on spirituality and food, including my personal stories
- Guided Kundalini meditations that help you release old patterns and create new behaviors
- Powerful visualizations to see yourself in a new, liberated light
- Practical lessons to apply each week