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Benefits of Cooking and Baking with Almond Flour
Almond flour has increasingly gained in popularity because of how it fits in specialized diets, such as gluten free, low carb, paleo, and keto. However, many of the benefits go beyond just health. It’s natural flavor makes baked goods and savory dishes taste rich and satisfying, and includes great nutritional value.
Almond flour is made from ground almonds, which means all the health benefits that apply to eating almonds also apply to almond flour. It’s also high in fat and low in carbs, making it a great Keto-friendly alternative to regular flour.
Almond Flour Nutrition
According to the USDA, it provides the following per 1/4 cup serving:
- Calories: 170
- Fat: 15 g
- Saturated fat: 1 g
- Protein: 24 g
- Carbs: 6 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 0 mg
- Calcium: 66 mg
- Iron: 1 mg
- Potassium: 190 mg
Almond Flour Benefits
- Made of finely ground almonds, which makes it naturally grain and gluten free
- Provides a rich, nutty flavor to dishes
- Good for those who are on a soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, Whole 30 or Paleo diet
- High in healthy fat and low in carbohydrates
- Good source of fiber, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and magnesium
- May help reduce bad LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin resistance
- Can be used as a substitute for regular flour in foods such as: baked goods, casserole topping, coating on proteins, pie crust, pastries, pancakes, biscuits and more.
Types of Almond Flour
Blanched Almond Flour:
A blanched almond means the layer of skin enclosing the nut has been removed. Because blanched almond flour is ground almonds without their skin, it will have a consistent cream color (free of red-brown flecks of skin), as well as a smooth texture.
It is also more finely ground, lighter, and particularly good for making pastries and other delicate baked goods. Removing the skin does not impact the nutritional benefit. Whether the flour is blanched or unblanched, the benefits remain the same.
Suggested Uses: cookies, brownies, pastries, macarons, pancakes, cakes
For the most part, almond meal can be used interchangeably with almond flour. Almond meal is made of unblanched almonds, or almonds with their skins on.
It is less finely ground than blanched flour. This gives it a more coarse texture, which makes it great for gluten free bread crumbs and crust for proteins such as pork, chicken or fish.
Suggested Uses: bread crumbs, outer coating on proteins, scones, fruit crumble
Unblanched Almond Flour:
Unblanched almond flour means the almond skin has been left on. The red-brown flecks in the flour can affect the appearance of some dishes. This is beneficial for some dishes, giving it a more rustic look.
It is also said to be heavier than blanched almond flour. One deterrent can be that, while very healthy, unblanched flour is more fibrous than blanched flour and may cause digestive issues for some.
Suggested uses: pie crust, scones, biscuits
Almond Flour Dessert Recipes
Cookies, cakes, brownies, and more – can all be made with almond flour. Since almond flour is naturally gluten free, this is especially good news for people who suffer from celiac or have gluten sensitivities.
Cookies / Brownies / Bars
- Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies
- Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies
- Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Almond Flour Butter Cookies
- 3 Ingredient Nutella Cookies
- Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
- Fudgy Almond Flour Brownies
- Keto Girl Scout Samoa Cookie Bars
- Italian Lemon Almond Flour Cake
- Keto Maple Carrot Cake
- Paleo Strawberry Shortcake
- Easy Keto Marble Bundt Cake
- Keto Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
- One Bowl Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Pies / Tarts / Pastries
Almond Flour Muffins, Breads, Pancakes Recipes
By using almond flour in your muffins, bread and pancakes – your breakfast can be nutritious and just as tasty as it ever has been.
- Fluffy Almond Flour Pancakes
- Almond Flour Blender Muffins
- Keto Lemon Poppyseed Waffles
- Strawberry Dutch Baby
- Almond Flour Bread
- Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins
- Gluten Free Carrot Banana Bread
- Healthy Cinnamon Rolls
- Keto Everything Bagels
- Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins
Almond Flour Dinner, Lunches, and Savory Dishes Recipes
Almond flour can be used in many savory dishes, as well as sweets. Consider using it in lunch, dinner, snacks, and savory dish recipes to decrease carbs and create dishes that are naturally gluten and grain free.
- Crispy Baked Almond Flour Chicken
- Keto-Paleo-Whole 30 Easy Chicken Tenders
- Paleo Salmon Cakes
- Almond Crusted Salmon
- Keto Fried Zucchini
- Buffalo Chicken Sausage Balls
- Skillet Keto Cornbread
- Air Fryer Pork Chops
Can I Make Almond Flour At Home?
Yes. Making almond flour, or almond meal, at home is both simple and cost effective. With little equipment, and some almonds, you will have your own almond flour to use in no time.
- Food processor or blender
- 8 ounces unsalted almonds, blanched or unblanched
How to Make Almond Flour or Meal:
- Place blanched, or unblanched, almonds into a food processor or blender. Blanched almonds are used for almond flour, while unblanched are used in almond meal.
- Process the almonds until they are finely ground. Be sure to not over-process or the oils will release and you will end up with almond butter! It’s best done in short pulses or spurts to control the grinding.
Tips to Remember:
- For a more finely ground flour, a powerful blender works better than the food processor.
- You can use more than 8 ounces of almonds, but for best results – do not grind more than 8 ounces at a time.
- Starting with almonds that are cut, slivered, or chopped will process quicker and yield better results.
How to Blanch Almonds
If you would like to blanch your own almonds bring a small pan of water to boil. Toss in raw, unsalted almonds and boil for 60 seconds. Drain the almonds and rinse with cold water to cool them off. Lastly, squeeze each almond to remove the skin.
What Can I Make with Almond Meal?
- Fruit crumble
- Gluten free bread crumbs for casseroles
- Crust for proteins such as pork, chicken or fish
- Pizza crust
How to Store Almond Flour
Almond flour is best stored in a cool, dark place for up to one year. If you use it frequently, store in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator.
It may also be stored in the freezer, but allow it to come to room temperature before using for baked goods.
Substituting Almond Flour for Regular Flour
Because of the weight of the flours, a one-to-one conversion isn’t always possible. In addition to weighing less than regular flour, almond flour also contains more moisture, which changes the chemistry of baked goods.
It’s tempting to replace regular flour with almond flour in recipes because of its many benefits – like being grain and gluten free, as well as low carb. If you’d like to experiment on your own, keep some of the following tips in mind:
- Increase the amount of almond flour by 25%, so for every 1 cup flour, use 1 1/4 cup almond flour.
- Add extra leavening to offset the density of almond flour. 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, baking soda, or combination of both will help.
- Use less liquid in the recipe since almond flour adds more moisture. Using an egg yolk instead of the whole add egg or cutting back on moisture containing ingredients, such as milk, bananas, applesauce, or sour cream.
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