Last week a friend had a group over for a stir-fry dinner and the subject of what oils are best for stir frying came up. While you likely won’t find these in any Chinese restaurant, the healthiest ones are light/refined olive oil, refined avocado oil, and refined coconut oil.
What determines whether one of the Paleo oils is a good candidate for stir-frying is its smoke point and the flavor it imparts. The ones most commonly used by Chinese restaurants are peanut oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, and canola oil, and none of these are included on the Paleo Diet.
A friend of mine recently asked me to make a nut-free version of my chocolate chip muffins. She said she likes my almond flour ones but she needs snacks that she can send to school with her kids, and snacks taken to school can’t contain nuts.
While I make a number of items that are nut-free, I discovered when I went through my recipes that all my muffins are made with almond flour and small amounts of other flours such as tapioca, arrowroot and coconut.