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Monday, April 1, 2013

Almond Flour

If you cook gluten free, almond flour is an ingredient that comes in handy. If you are not gluten free. it is still a great way to add fiber and nutrients to your diet.
You can use it for baking and for breading.

It can be quite expensive to buy at the store.
However, it is very simple to make.

This works great if you have a spice grinder. But, a food processor or a blender that can grind nuts will also work.
You also need a fine mesh sieve(strainer) and bowl.

Ingredients:

Plain, whole almonds

Add a small handful of almonds to your spice grinder.
Pulse off and on for a minute.
Check and if it is mostly powdered, stop.
Put the sieve over a bowl and dump in the ground almond.
With clean hands or a spoon, press the flour through it into the bowl.
You may have larger pieces of almond left.
Put them back into the grinder and pulse until fine and again press through strainer.
Repeat with more almonds until you have as much as you want.

Be careful not to grind for too long or you will get almond butter.

To keep fresh, store in the refrigerator.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks Ruth - I'm going to try this. I'm a huge almond fan, never thought to use them as flour.


    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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    1. Jenny, I love almonds too-my favorite nut!

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  2. Wow! I would never have thought to use them for flour. I will have to try it with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

    Rebecca

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    1. Hello, Rebecca. You can find lots of recipes on the net using almond flour or just experiment on your own.

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  3. Good Morning Ruth - I started using almond flour a few years back as a non-carb way to coat my chicken breasts. Gives a interesting flavor that to this day, my sons can't figure out. I've used it in baking as well. No celiac in my family, just like to try different things.

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  4. Hi Coffee Lady. It's always good to try new things. I was talking to a lady a few days ago and she mixes the almond flour with Parmesan cheese for coating. I have not tried that yet.

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  5. Wow, you just blew my mind. I didn't know that fine-bits of almond could be "flour" I wonder what else there is about cooking that I need to learn.

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    1. April, When it comes to cooking I don't think there is an end to the things you can learn.

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  6. Ruth, It would be great just to add a little almond flour to muffins as you make them. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. That's right Dawn. It would. You can substitute up to a 1/3 of the regular flour with almond flour. Though I have seen some gluten free recipes that use all almond flour.

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