Go Low Carb With Almond Flour

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2016-01-21 20:30:39 -0600
Started 2012-02-09 09:20:08 -0600

In my efforts to cut carbs I have decided that I need to not only tackle the sugar, but the flour as well. To be truly low carb, finding ways around that is what makes a snack truly safe for me.

I make my own almond milk, and always have the pulp left over. I dehydrate that and pop in in the freezer. Then after that I run it through a sieve to refine it. My corse stuff I use in granola and the finer flour I use in baking.

Here are some interesting factoids on almond flour that might be of interest.

Nutrition Info (100g)
Almond flour = 21.94 g protein, Wheat flour = 9.71g
Almond flour = 19.44 g carbs, Wheat flour = 76.22 g
Almond flour = 10.4 g fiber, Wheat flour = 2.4 g
Almond flour = 687 mg Potassium, Wheat flour = 149 mg
Almond flour = 275 mg Magnesium, Wheat flour = 25 mg
Almond flour = 216 mg Calcium, Wheat flour = 20 mg
Almond flour = 3.72 mg Iron, Wheat flour = 1.26 mg

On the glycemic index almond flour comes in under 1, while wheat flour comes in at 71. What a huge difference.

My experiments are on! I just made some great oatmeal with almond flour cookies. They were great and even those who don't need the low carbs were very impressed and loved them. As I work them out, I will share them with the community in the recipe section.

Until then, I picked up a nifty little cookbook called "the Gluten-Free Almond Flour cookbook". It has some great information and yummy sounding recipes in it. And they are not all baked things. There are entrees as well. You can check it out here http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Almond-Flou...

Share your successes or flops with using gluten free or almond flours. I am eager to learn.

12 replies

katqueen 2016-01-21 20:30:39 -0600 Report

I make almond milk to use as creamer so I save the ground almonds for flour. I recently made chocolate chip cookies using sugar free chips, stevia and almond flour. They were a real hit!

chayogarza 2012-02-13 18:54:35 -0600 Report

where could i find almond flour ? what kind of taste does it have?

GabbyPA 2012-02-14 08:00:17 -0600 Report

You can pick it up in most grocery stores in the "health food" or " organic" areas. You can also get it at a health food store or online at places like Amazon or Nuts.com.
I make my own, so That saves me money.

GabbyPA 2012-02-10 10:28:07 -0600 Report

Ok, I will post here, but it doesn't have the nutritional values worked out yet.

Oatmeal Cookies with Almond Flour:

1/2 Cup Unrefined coconut oil
3/4 Cup Stevia in the Raw
1/2 Cup Raw sugar (or brown sugar)
2 eggs
1 t vanilla (no corn syrup brand)
2 1/2 Cups almond flour (blanched or refined, not meal)
1 1/4 t Guar Gum (or xantham gum)
1 t Baking soda
1 t Ground cinnamon (I usually use more because I like it)
1/2 t Salt
2 Cups Old fashioned rolled oats
1 Cup chopped dates or figs (or those new Amazins diced prunes)

Optional: add 1 Cup unsweet coconut flakes

Heat oven to 350
Cream your sugars with your coconut oil until smooth
Add eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy
Combine your dry ingredient except the oats and fruit in a large bowl
Pour your dry ingredients into your wet and stir until combined
Add your oats and fruit and mix until incorporated
Place on an un-greased cookie sheet about 1" apart. These cookies do not spread, so if you want a ball cookie, just roll them and place them. If you want a more flat cookie, you will have to squish them flat and then place them on the sheet.
Yield: approx 4 dozen cookies

These are more crumbly when they are hot, so make sure you let them cool before you start passing them out to try. I cool mine on a rack and then package them up and freeze them. Freezing really helps them to come together in a true cookie form.


Nick1962 2012-02-11 20:05:37 -0600 Report

You'll stop at nothing to get that cookie will you Gabby? Good thing I'm not into sweets that much (really, I'm too lazy), but nice work cutting that down!

GabbyPA 2012-02-12 09:39:57 -0600 Report

My hubby is a cookie freak and if I bake them for him, it is too hard to keep my grubby fingers out. So if I make them for him that I can eat as well, we both win.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-10 03:27:23 -0600 Report

OK drooling over the desserts on her blog.
I may have a new best friend if her recipes taste as good as the photos loook and are BG meter friendly.

GabbyPA 2012-02-10 10:09:50 -0600 Report

She is a fun read. I have not visited her blog yet, but I am encouraged by her book. She uses a lot of agave nectar and I am still out on that. I use it too, but it is still a sugar. I may have to explore some stevia and raw sugar substitutes in the recipes, but other than that, they look great.

I am doing her carrot cake for valentines day for hubby. I hope to enjoy that guilt free as well.

locarbarbie 2012-02-09 16:56:34 -0600 Report

Gabby…wow!!, I knew almond flour was lower in carbs (by a lot), but I had no idea that there was such a difference in nutrition. Aside from the carb issue, the reason I steer clear of white flour is that not only has all the goodness been stripped away but apparently there is a chemical reaction that occurs during the bleaching process using chlorine gas which forms a substance called alloxan. Alloxan is known to destroy pancreatic function. In fact alloxan is used in clinical studies to induce diabetes in lab animals!! I read this in Suzy Cohens book…"Diabetes without Drugs".

I am still waiting for your oatmeal cookie recipe! I will post my recipe for blueberry muffins using almond flour as soon as I can locate my recipe…it was really moist and tasty.

Ok, now this is really not a nutritious meal, but man after trying to eat healthy on a regular basis this was a real treat. I had some cod that I dipped in an egg and milk mixture, breaded the fish with almond flour and fried in coconut oil. I also breaded and fried come partially cooked cauliflower and zucchini. I had all of this with some healthy coleslaw! Needless to say it was yummy, but a once in a blue moon splurge! My very own Friday fish fry!

GabbyPA 2012-02-10 10:08:01 -0600 Report

Ah, but your fish were fried in a good oil and the coating was almonds, not wheat. How was that bad for you? It sounds great and healthy too.