Ketogenic diets promote better baking with almond flour. Almond flour is one of the most versatile low carb ingredients. If you are baking your own cakes, bread, and pastries using wheat flour, you can substitute this not-so-healthy ingredient to this healthy one!
Health Benefits of Almond Flour
Almond flour contains a fraction of the carbs of wheat flour, so it is best for people who are limiting their intake of carbohydrates, keeping their blood sugar levels normal, or for those trying to lose weight. It is also high in fiber and protein, gluten free, and contains good fats. Almond flour is also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, iron, riboflavin, calcium and vitamin E. Among all other nuts, almonds have the most calcium, good for the heart, and lowers bad cholesterol.
Where to Buy Almond Flour
You can make your own almond flour if you are on a Keto diet and you have your heart set out to cook and bake with it. If you have a really good food processor, all you have to do is get some almonds in a bowl, pour boiling water, and cover it for a minute. Drain, rinse and remove the skin. Dry the almond, grind them until they form a fine flour. OR- you can simply buy them- the Honeyville Almond Flour brand has a finer texture and is perfect for cakes, muffins, and cookies! It doesn’t have an overpowering nutty or almond taste, so it really blends well with other ingredients or spices.
How to Use Almond Flour
If you want to have better baking with almond flour results, you have to know how almond flour acts. Since it is high in fat and moisture, you might want to take a closer look at how much butter or oil the recipe calls for and reduce it a bit. And since it is gluten free, it doesn’t have the binding power of wheat flour. Sou you might want to add a binding agent such as eggs, protein powders, and xanthan gum. The ratio in substitution with wheat flour is usually 1:1, just takes note of the other ingredients in the recipe you are using. As for measuring them, use the scoop and level method, do not pack them. If it is your first time to use almond flour, you can scour the internet for recipes using Almond flour.
How to Store Almond Flour and Finished Products
Once a bag is unopened, transfer them to an airtight container and make sure to place them in a cool dry place. You can also refrigerate or freeze them, but make sure to thaw before use. Unopened bags are also recommended to be placed in a cool, dry place. As for baked goods, you can freeze them after baking. For crusts or scones, you can freeze them unbaked, and when you are ready to use them, thaw, then bake. Never bake or use almond flour straight out of the freezer, for they will be very hard to work with.