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Old 05-19-2016, 10:17 AM   #1
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Almond flour

I have a bag of almond flour in my pantry I purchased to make some dessert bars (healthy dessert).

Has anyone else tried using this high protein alternative to wheat flour and do you have any recipes.

I think I am trying a apple crisp recipe tonight.


From what I read this can be used to make gluten free desserts. I am not gluten free but it has a much better glycemic index than even whole wheat flour.
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I've used almond flour rarely. It doesn't perform well alone in baked goods other than things like a granola bar or crumble topping for a fruit crisp. Should be tasty as an apple or berry crisp topping.

My experience with recipes calling for almond flour was that it was mixed with other flours of varying densities to make quick breads, muffins or cookies usually. Doing that, of course, will often result in a higher carb count per serving than you may want, but it's necessary to get a good texture and bulk.

For your low-carb needs, a Paleo diet cookbook would likely be your best resource. Also, googling for Paleo recipes for baked goods would possibly yield more usable recipes since they'd rely upon seed or nut-derived rather than grain flours.
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I use almond flour all of the time, but only for no-bake recipes. If you want a better gluten-free flour alternative for baking, then I would recommend oat flour. You can even make it yourself by grounding up rolled oats or old fashioned oats in a food processor. If you'd like a few no-bake recipes using almond flour, I'd be happy to post them.
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I am not gluten free, just looking for higher protein, lower carb alternatives. I have a couple of recipes that are no cook (including the one I bought the flour for.)

Now, of course, I have to use up the rest of the bag (it was $8. so I can't let it go to waste.)

dot I haven't really looked into Paleo recipes yet. I do occasionally buy a paleo cereal at whole food that is really good, albeit expensive.
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I have a bag of almond flour in my pantry I purchased to make some dessert bars (healthy dessert).

Has anyone else tried using this high protein alternative to wheat flour and do you have any recipes.

I think I am trying a apple crisp recipe tonight.
I am very interested in your apple crisp recipe & how it turns out. I'm have a ton not apples that I need to use up & if we would use the almond flour it would be higher in protein for my son. Could you please post your results & the recipe if you don't mind. TIA
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I use almond flour all of the time, but only for no-bake recipes. If you want a better gluten-free flour alternative for baking, then I would recommend oat flour. You can even make it yourself by grounding up rolled oats or old fashioned oats in a food processor. If you'd like a few no-bake recipes using almond flour, I'd be happy to post them.
Honeybee723 - I would love some easy no bake recipes using either the almond flour or some simple gluten-free ones. We also have some almond flour from a recipe and I'm not sure what to do with the remainder. Thanks for your gracious offer.
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Substituting almond for wheat flour in any standard apple crisp recipe works great. You don't need a particular recipe for almond flour to use it that way. The topping for apple crisp works well for sliced peaches, fresh or thawed frozen ones. I prefer some nutmeg for a peach crisp rather than cinnamon which goes better with apples, IMO.

Any general purpose cookbook usually has an apple crisp recipe. The one I like is from Better Homes & Gardens big book and is an apple brown betty, a bit different since apple crisp often uses oatmeal. Mine calls for butter or stick margarine and flour as the primary ingredients and makes more of a crumb topping as for a pie. I also have used brown rice flour, lower in carbs, with good results.

The gluten free baked goods cookbook I recommend is The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook by Cybele Pascal. You may need to order the superfine brown rice flour her flour blends call for as I did. I got it easily from Amazon.

Her recipes are the closest I've found to wheat flour ones. That book has a wide range from cakes to cookies to pies, all delicious. They're pretty easy to assemble once you've made her basic flour blend and FAR less expensive than commercial mixes or baked g-f goodies.
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I am not gluten free, just looking for higher protein, lower carb alternatives. I have a couple of recipes that are no cook (including the one I bought the flour for.)

Now, of course, I have to use up the rest of the bag (it was $8. so I can't let it go to waste.)

dot I haven't really looked into Paleo recipes yet. I do occasionally buy a paleo cereal at whole food that is really good, albeit expensive.
I'm not gluten free either, but I tend to go for a lot of recipes that are because I find them easier on my belly. I've been incorporating a lot more clean eating in my diet and I can definitely see and feel a difference in my body. I've even attempted a few paleo recipes here and there, although I don't think I could ever go full paleo.

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Honeybee723 - I would love some easy no bake recipes using either the almond flour or some simple gluten-free ones. We also have some almond flour from a recipe and I'm not sure what to do with the remainder. Thanks for your gracious offer.
No problem! Since I'm at work and my recipe book is at home, here are two of my favorites that I actually remember:

This is my very favorite. Although the first time I tried it I was expecting it to taste exactly like cookie dough, and I was a bit disappointed when it didn't. Now I'm used to the difference. I always dip mine in the melted chocolate for the extra bit of sweetness.
Cookie Dough Truffles

This one you actually do bake. You can use several types of flours, but I used almond.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

And then I came across this site during my search. Even though I've never made any of these recipes, I think it's worth a look. I might even have to give a few of them a try myself.
41 Delicious Almond Flour Recipes
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This is the apple crisp recipe I plan on using tonight. Her site has a lot of almond flour recipes.

https://elanaspantry.com/apple-crisp/

Honeybee, thanks for sharing your recipes. The chocolate chip bars look great.

Dot, I need to work, not dream about apple crisp. but thanks for the suggestions.
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LOL I'll quit tempting you in that case.

Seriously, do look at some Paleo recipe books. They may work very well for your needs since the Paleo diet eschews grains and most sugars other than those naturally occurring in fruit or derived from dates and coconut if any additional sweetener is added.

But then, you may prefer as I should do more often--avoiding dessert unless just fresh fruit. Certainly is healthier and simpler than trying to replicate bad-for-you desserts few of us likely need anyway.
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Dot,

My dessert intake is minimal but my love of fruit makes my diet probably triple the daily requirements for fruit and veggies. I love veggies, too and if not for seafood, I could easily give up animal products.

I also occasionally enjoy a good dessert aaand I am very cheap so I am not going to waste this expensive bag of almond flour. I am thinking it may be nice to have some fruit based muffins in the freezer for those days I need breakfast on the go. And if they have almond flour, I avoid the 35 gms of carb in a bought muffin.
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If you haven't already, put the almond flour in a Ziploc bag and stash it in your freezer.

It'll keep just fine for a year or so. I keep all my "fake" flours in the freezer.

Yes, I hear ya on muffin carbs. Those things are cake with a pseudonym!
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Thank you Dot & Honeybee723 for your insight, experience & recipes. I cannot wait to try some of those recipes.
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I have made many desserts with almond flour. I would second Dots suggestion and look up some paleo recipes. I make a almond flour chocolate chip cookie (92% chocolate, so low on the sugar) and raspberry/ blueberry almond flour muffins. We ate exclusively paleo for a few years, we have added back whole grains, but still enjoy many of our paleo desserts.
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