Thursday, July 23, 2009

Glucomannan Powder

This Super Simple Milk Chocolate Mousse is thickened with glucomannan powder.

Glucommanan powder is made by grinding konjac root. It is a soluble fiber and has no calories, carbs, or taste. It is also gluten-free. Shirataki noodles are made from glucomannan powder.

Glucomannan powder can be taken as a fiber supplement, but I would caution against taking it in pill form. Since it swells when mixed with fluids, you don't want that happening in your throat; it would be a choking hazard. You can, however, mix it in water or another fluid and drink it.

I use glucomannan powder as a thickener in my recipes. Unlike cornstarch, it thickens even without heating. It has about 10x the thickening power of cornstarch. All you have to do is add it to liquids very gradually and whisk briskly to avoid lumps. 1 teaspoon of powder will turn a cup of thin liquid, like water, to a gel. I find it takes about 2 teaspoons of powder to set up a cup of thick liquid, like a pudding.

You can find my pudding recipes, many of which use glucomannan powder, in the Pudding Recipes category at DARdreams. It is also used in Pie and Cake Recipes as well as Coconut Flour Recipes and recipes in other categories which use it at DARdreams.

You can find step-by-step directions with pictures for How to Make a Super Simple Low Carb Milk Chocolate Mousse.  My webpage focusing on glucomannan powder is Living Low Carb with Glucomannan Powder.

Glucomannan powder may seem expensive at first, but there are 100 (1 teaspoon) servings in one 500g bag of glucomannan powder. That goes a long way! And it lasts for months stored at room temp.

Amazon sells glucomannan powder:

You can also buy glucomannan powder from Konjac Foods. (Tip: They will ship 2 bags of powder in 1 shipping envelope, so you only pay 1 shipping charge for both bags.)

Miracle Noodle also sells glucomannan powder. They call it "Konjac Flour."

As with other items, check for the best prices and availability. Sometimes glucomannan powder isn't available from a specific source for awhile, but it eventually becomes available again. When it does, I usually buy 2 packages at once to make sure I don't run out.