Thursday, February 11, 2010

Almond Flour

I am putting in an order for bags of Almond Flour - 5lb bag for $28 plus shared shipping. That's a great deal if you've ever tried purchasing almond flour from a local grocer! For those of you doing the Paleo challenge, it's a great substitute for recipes calling for all purpose flour. Due to popular demand, I will continue to take orders through the weekend. Contact me via email (contact info on upper right hand side).

Almond flour can be a flavorful addition to your primal diet, giving whatever you are making a subtle nutty flavor. Ok, so what is almond flour (or almond meal) and how can I use it?

Almond flour is ground up blanched (skin off) almonds and Almond meal is just ground up almonds. Both can be used in similar ways and the flavors are so alike, you probably would not notice the difference. Almond flour is high in protein, manganese, potassium, copper, and vitamin E, as well as healthy monounsaturated fats.

The first thing I made with almond flour was pancakes! After eating strict Paleo for thirty days and discovering almond flour, you can bet I figured out a way to make pancakes - and delicious pancakes they were. With just 4 ingredients, they were easy!

1 cup almond flour
3 large eggs
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix it all together until a batter forms. Pour the batter onto a skillet greased with coconut oil. Cook over medium heat until both sides are golden brown. Drizzle raw honey (optional), almond butter (yum!) or just eat it plain. You can add some blueberries or bananas to the batter as well.
Keeping the pancakes on the smaller size will prevent them from sticking to the pan compared to the larger ones. If the pancakes turn out too dense, you can do one of two things: add some applesauce (no sugar) to batter or try reducing the eggs to 2 instead of 3.

Almond flour can also be used to "bread" chicken or turkey tenderloins, thickening agent for stews/soups, or used to make pizza/pie/quiche crust!

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