A versatile collection of Almond flour recipes for all occasions. Here’s a complete guide on almond flour and all the delicious ways you can use it. From pancakes and muffins to scrumptious desserts, you'll be bowled over by these healthy, gluten free recipes.
If you recently bought a big bag of almond flour from Costco and are not sure what to do with it, you've come to the right place!
In this article you'll find everything you need to know about almond flour and almond meal, including health benefits and how to store it correctly. And if you're looking for tasty and healthy recipes using almond flour, you will love this collection of delicious treats.
What is Almond Flour?
Almond flour is made by grinding blanched almonds. Raw almonds are soaked in boiling water after which their skin is removed. They are dried, then ground and sifted to make a fine powder.
Almond Flour vs. Almond Meal
Even though the two terms are used interchangeably, there is a small difference between almond flour and almond meal. While almond flour is a fine powder made by grinding blanched almonds, almond meal is made by grinding almonds with their skins, which makes the flour coarse in texture. As a result, it contains brown specs from the skin of the almonds.
Texture Difference: Even though you can use almond flour and almond meal interchangeably in most recipes, something to keep in mind is that the ones made with almond meal will be slightly more dense.
Health Benefits of Almond Flour
Almond flour is not only versatile as an ingredient, but it is also very nutritious. According to healthline, here are some key health benefits:
- Almond flour is rich in Vitamin E and other antioxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's.
- It is also rich in magnesium which helps improve blood sugar control, reduces insulin resistance and lowers blood pressure.
- Almond flour is low on the glycemic index (less than one) and helps control blood sugar levels.
- It's a gluten-free flour which is a perfect alternative for those with wheat allergies or celiac disease.
- Almond flour also contains a lot of prebiotic dietary fiber, which is great for gut health.
How to Store
Since almond flour is made with almonds, it contains high levels of oil, and oils can spoil over time. It is best to store almond flour in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months, or freezer for up to 12 months.
How to tell if almond flour has gone bad? If it smells like stale oil or wet cardboard, it has gone bad and it is best to discard it.
Now let's checkout some delicious treats made using this protein-packed flour. This collection includes almond flour pancakes, muffins and desserts. I plan to keep adding to this collection so be sure to bookmark it for later!
Frequently Asked Questions
You certainly can use almond flour instead of regular flour, however the recipe may need some modifications. It may need more baking soda (or powder), less oil etc. For that reason, it is best to refer to tried and tested recipes.
Almond flour is high in phytic acid, which prevents the body from absorbing nutrients from foods. For that reason, moderation is key when consuming almond flour recipes.
Almond flour is a great flour to bake with. Refer to the recipes above and you can make pancakes, muffins and desserts.
Almond flour is a healthier, lower carb and gluten-free alternative to regular flour.
We hope you enjoy these recipes made with almond flour. If you have a recipe in mind, simply comment below and let us know. If you try any of these recipes, don't forget to share your photos and tag us on Instagram by including #spicecravings in your message.