Thank you for visiting The Best Free From, Ireland’s Keto Bakery

Hi, I’m Tímea. All the recipes you find here are GLUTEN FREE and SUGAR FREE and also LOW CARB/ KETO and some are DAIRY FREE, they contain NATURAL INGREDIENTS, NO PRESERVATIVES and NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURING.

I am very happy to chat to you about any of the keto products and recipes featured. Get in touch using any of the below…

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About The Best Free From

I personally have been on a low-carb diet for health reasons since early 2018, I wasn’t in it to lose significant weight, – even though it started out like that. Really just wanted to shed a few pounds and found a low-carb diet is a quick enough solution for that.

So started eating cucumber and greens and maybe plain chicken and cheese, and that was acceptable for a few weeks; until the extra weight disappeared and I started to notice significant changes in my health and in my everyday life; like I would wake up fresh and ready for the day ahead, I mean, I WAKE UP because before then I would doze of in the night from extreme exhaustion but never had a proper sleep, I used to get out of the bed feeling like ready to collapse from tiredness.

So, the first and very noticeable benefit of blocking carb, sugars and gluten out of life was the quality of sleep I finally had. As the result of a good night’s sleep, I had a lot more energy and I enjoyed my life.

Secondly, and probably the best result was that my thyroid stopped playing up. I had an over-active thyroid, which would swell up to a point when it was difficult to swallow food (that’s how it started symptoms wise; I thought I had something stuck in my throat, it was difficult to swallow the food down) then the bloating disappeared as well as my reflux. The dark circles vanished from under my eyes and I looked 10 years younger (according to my fiancé). I felt so much better. I felt physically and mentally well after no longer consuming sugar and carbohydrates or preservatives…

BUT …. and there is that BUT, I was HUNGRY FOR SWEETS ALL THE TIME.

……and I don’t mean I was craving sugar; but I was craving desserts, not even too sweet stuff, but cakes and breads and cookies and buns and chocolate and so on and so on.

I can’t tell you, how much money I spent on cookies, biscuits, bars etc which wasn’t even what I was craving; but found it almost impossible to buy something that suits my diet criteria,  that were also affordable and tasty at the same time.  I Googled KETO or low-carb dessert recipes and I tried and tried and failed most of  the time, and also finding the ingredients was a big challenge, as we all know going into your local supermarket was not the type of shopping you do when you shop for low-carb and naturally healthy ingredients.

This was all completely new to me,

some of the stuff I had never heard of before, and even if I found what I was looking for it was very pricey or was only available outside of Ireland.  It’s about time I mention that I’m not a native of Ireland, but I’m living here since 2006, Hungary is a beautiful country, that’s where I was born, but now I claim Ireland to be my home.

Back to business AGAIN; I had that BUT tickling my taste buds that I LOVE BAKING, I just do.

Baking used to be the one thing I would say I would do, if I wanted to switch off, (I can just hear my friends saying as they are entering the house:  “So sure you are cooking and baking again??????”) I know it’s mad, but I love creating tasty food more sweet than savoury, maybe. I have a great companion. My eldest daughter, Zoe is a big help, and we enjoy baking together, hopefully my little one gets into her shoes soon too.Back to the struggle I faced in low-carb baking…

It was then, when I got pregnant with my second daughter Viki

(another vote for the low-carb diet; as I couldn’t conceive for over a year before that), the cravings got on the top of me and every time I had something, which I’d say, the baby wanted and it wasn’t low-carb or SUGAR FREE or artificial ingredient free. I instantly felt how badly all of it used to affect me. Making matters worse, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and then I really wanted all the cakes I couldn’t have. So trust me, I feel your pain, Keto-dessert

so I decided to put the apron on,

and I started to adjust low-carb recipes or KETO recipes to make them suitable for my taste and dietary needs.  I am not on strict KETO, I don’t watch my macros, I go with my gut feeling literally. I eat what makes me feel good, I eat fibre, I eat healthy fats, I eat prebiotic foods and anything that satisfies my sweet tooth and supports gut health at the same time.

The idea came to me to share my recipes and products to like-minded (like dieting) people around me. I started to sell my cakes, buns and breads occasionally at markets or people could come and collect from my bakery. I began as an HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) registered home baker and absolutely loved meeting and chatting with my customers. It’s brilliant to get instant feedback, when I offer little tasters at fairs, and you see the surprise on your customer’s faces; as I’m sure they have had similar experiences, just like I had with some sugar-free products.

When they read my little sign beside the tasters I offer saying…

But made with…

Suitable for Celiacs, Diabetics, anyone following Keto diet or just wanting to cut out sugar or preservatives.

People in general expect my products to taste like sandpaper, I guess?
But I love seeing the surprise on their faces, when they realise these actually taste like the “real stuff”

🥰.

 

I wanted to get these healthy bakes into Your kitchen; and this is how Ireland’s very first Keto/Low Carb Bakery was born.

But, I soon realised I just wouldn’t have the time and I’m sort of geographically limited too, so came up with a solution for you. I have created a range of 7 Dry Mixes;

Our Versatile Savoury Dry Mix, Our Versatile Sweet Dry Mix, Our Keto Seedy Bread Dry Mix, Our Keto Magic Dry Mix, A Keto Wrap Dry Mix, our Spicy Carrot Cake Dry Mix and last but not least our Keto Brownie Dry Mix (and recently all tweaked to be even tastier and easier to whip up right in the comfort of your own kitchen).

All of our super easy and quick to make Dry Mixes can be whipped up in no time at all,

with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, but best of all, our mixes are “FREE FROM” SUGAR, GLUTEN, some DAIRY FREE, all LOW CARB AND HIGH IN FIBRE, protein and healthy fats and simply put, good for you and your whole family.

Our Versatile Savoury Dry Mix (link to Blog Post with much more info)

is just one of our Low Carb Mixes, together with the Keto Magic Dry Mix and our KETO Seedy Bread Mix which you can use to make the softest KETO rolls, Keto Bagels and the most scrumptious KETO crackers.

Our Keto Magic Dry Mix will allow you to make our Artisan White Bread or Bread rolls, dairy free pizza bases (it will be our little secret) The Keto Wrap Dry Mix makes delicious Low Carb Wraps and Low Carb Pizza Bases, which the whole family can enjoy on your weekly Fajita or Pizza night.

All freeze incredibly well or can be refrigerated to keep them fresher for longer.

Our Versatile Sweet Mix is a fantastic Diabetic Friendly option too, and a must for your repertoire of Low Carb freshly baked goodies. Perfect to curb that sweet tooth and offer endless options for much healthier KETO desserts & sweet KETO treats, like Low Carb muffins, Lamingtons, Tiramisu, Cookies and Pancakes, Waffles, Cupcakes, Pie crust and Sponge cakes to name just a few (the possibilities are endless).

We have many KETO recipe ideas…

on our Website and Facebook pages to help inspire your Low Carb Baking at home and make the baking enjoyable too (not just the eating). Simply by changing your wet ingredients you can create a handful of different sweet or savoury treats to your own taste. Since my last website update, I have expanded my product range, and I’m now happy to a say that, you can also buy the ingredients that are hard to find within Ireland, like sweeteners, fibres that are essential for low carb baking.  Please visit the web shop to browse from the mixes, other ready Dry Mix products & freshly baked goodies. Click here.

Alternatively, please click here to find out which Retailers/Stockists near you stock our range of Dry Mixes.

I’m going to give you as much information as possible about the ingredients I use and links to find that info,  nutritional value information and any interesting facts, I have gathered over the past years. I invite you to my social media pages so you can get daily ideas and please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions for recipes or ingredients you like to see here.

Thank you, & all the best,

TIMEA KOVACS