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8 Almond Flour Recipes You’ve Got to Try

You have long enjoyed almonds as a snack food, but have you ever tried using almond flour? With the rise of paleo diets and other meal plans that de-emphasize wheat products, almond flour has gained considerable popularity. To make almond flour, manufacturers blanch almonds to remove their skins (Bob’s Red Mill, 2016). They then grind the almonds to a superfine texture that resembles regular flour. This makes almond flour an excellent substitute for all purpose or whole wheat flour in baking.

One of the major benefits of almond flour is its protein content. Unlike wheat flour, which is high in carbohydrates, almond flour has a much lower carbohydrate content. Whereas one ounce of all-purpose flour contains 21 total grams of carbohydrates, an equivalent amount of almond flour has no carbs (Self Nutrition Data, 2015). Additionally, almond flour is naturally gluten free, making it an acceptable substitute for individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Perhaps most importantly, almond flour tastes great! It blends seamlessly into baked goods and other recipes, so you won’t even know that you’re eating a healthier alternative to all purpose flour.

Almond Flour Recipes You’ve Got to Try

When cooking with almond flour, it is best to follow a recipe that has been previously tested. Simply substituting almond flour for all purpose flour in your favorite recipes for baked goods is unlikely to have good results. This is because almond flour has a different protein content and no gluten, affecting the texture of results. If you’re new to cooking with almond flour, try these delicious recipes to get yourself off to a healthy start:

Blueberry Crumb Bars {gluten-free, vegan}

Blueberry Crumb Bars Recipe {gluten-free, vegan}

When summer arrives, the first blueberries of the season are a revelation. Juicy and bursting with flavor, they are the ideal addition to these amazing crumb bars. The blueberries, held together with a bit of cornstarch, are nestled between a flavorful almond flour base and a delicately spiced crumbly topping. Packed with fiber and antioxidants, these blueberry crumb bars are a true summer treat.
Ingredients: Almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, agave syrup, water, baking soda, blueberries, arrowroot powder (or cornstarch), brown rice flour, ground cinnamon, sugar.
Total Time: 1 hour | Yield: 12 bars

Cranberry Almond Flour Cookies {gluten-free}

Cranberry Almond Flour Cookies Recipe {gluten-free}

The light color and texture of almond flour makes it the perfect gluten free substitute for all purpose flour. This is particularly true for cookies, where texture and flavor really matter. These cranberry almond flour cookies highlight everything that is wonderful about gluten free baking. Their chewy texture, sweet flavor, and intense pops of dried cranberries make them the perfect snacking cookie.
Ingredients: Brown rice flour, almond flour, rolled-oats, dried cranberries, egg, coconut oil, sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda.
Total Time: 25 minutes | Yield: 20-22 cookies

Gluten-Free Almond Cake

Gluten-Free Almond Cake Recipe

This almond cake is a crowd pleaser to say the least! It looks fancy enough for a dinner party but is easy enough to throw together for a weeknight meal. The combination of almond flour and coconut flour gives the cake natural sweetness and a perfectly light texture. No one will be able to resist having another slice of this decadent dessert.
Ingredients: Eggs, almond milk, unrefined sugar, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, sliced almonds.
Total Time: 15 minutes | Yield: 8 servings

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Truffle

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Giving up standard chocolates can make it spectacularly tough to be a vegan. These healthy chocolate truffles will make up for your sacrifices by delivering intense chocolatey flavor that will have you stunned by their dairy-free make-up. A combination of Medjool dates, almond flour, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, agave syrup, and cacao powder forms the flavorful base for these tasty truffles.
Ingredients: Jumbo Mejdool dates, almond flour, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, cacao powder, agave or maple syrup, almond milk, unsweetened shredded coconut.
Total Time: 15 minutes | Yield: 24 truffles

Gluten-free Apple Crisp

Gluten-free Apple Crisp Recipe

Nothing brings out the taste of apples like a warm apple crisp. However, your crumb topping doesn’t have to be full of butter and sugar. This gluten-free version uses almond flour, oats, coconut oil, and rich spices to achieve a crispy texture that plays perfectly against the tart taste of its affably inviting apple base.
Ingredients: Apples, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, lemon juice, gluten-free rolled oats, almond flour, dried blueberries, macadamia nut pieces, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, salt.
Total Time: 1 hour | Yield: 10 servings

No-Bake Cheesecake Bites {gluten-free}

No-Bake Cheesecake Bites Recipe {gluten-free}

Traditional cheesecakes are laden with cream cheese, whipping cream, and refined sugars. Not so for these autumnal no bake pumpkin cheesecake bites. The crust is made from almond flour and pitted dates, giving it sweetness as well as the perfect texture. Because the cheesecake layer is made from raw cashews and pumpkin puree, it is a dairy-free treat that tastes just like the real thing.
Ingredients: Pitted dates, almond flour, cacao powder, vanilla extract, almond milk, raw cashews, maple syrup, canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice.
Total Time: 20 minutes | Yield: 16 - 20 squares

Matcha Green Tea Muffns

Matcha Green Tea Muffins Recipe {gluten-free}

These matcha green tea muffins have a delicate green hue that is sure to intrigue the family and friends you share them with. Matcha green tea powder is made from premium tea leaves that have an extraordinarily high antioxidant content. These gluten-free muffins are drizzled with a dark chocolate glaze, making them a decadent yet healthy start to your day.
Ingredients: Almond flour, coconut flour, gluten-free rolled oats, egg, olive oil, vanilla extract, almond milk, unrefined sugar, matcha green tea powder, baking powder, baking soda, dark chocolate chips, coconut oil, pistachios.
Total Time: 1 hour | Yield: 10 muffins

Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie Recipe {gluten-free}

Pecan pie is often considered a fall or winter dessert, but it tastes great at any time of year. Starring gargantuan Georgia pecans, this pie is sure to wow your loved ones. Achieving the right texture with gluten free pie crusts can be tricky, but this version uses almond flour, coconut oil, and honey to great effect. The flaky crust plays off of the rich, sweet texture of the pecan filling.
Ingredients: Almond flour, coconut oil, honey, eggs, pecan halves, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, butter, salt.
Total Time: 1 hour | Yield: 8 servings

Baking Ingredients to Pair with Almond Flour

While there are several types of almond flour, including an organic variety, a coarse ground organic flour, almond bran, a sprouted superfood blend that includes other gluten-free grains, and our standard variety of blanched almond flour- there are even more ingredients that you’ll find useful in any confection containing these fabulous flours.

References

Bob's Red Mill (2016). Almond flour. Retrieved from http://www.bobsredmill.com/almond-meal-flour.html

Self Nutrition Data (2015). Almond flour. Retrieved from http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/custom/2419135/2?quantity=2.5