I have something great to share with you today – Almond Flour from Honeyville Grain:
I recently found a book at the library about “eating free” – sugar free and gluten free. I was intrigued and enticed. I was happy when Honeyville sent me some Almond Flour to try out. The first thing I used it for was cookies shown in the recipe book. I expected cookies that were sugar and gluten free to be bland, but they were pretty yummy! My kids loved them!
As always, kid helpers hanging around:
The first batch were still in ball-shape after being cooked, so the second batch I pushed a little flatter before baking – you can see the difference:
So, what’s so great at Almond Flour?? Well, the biggest thing is that it’s gluten free. I know it seems like more and more people are discovering they have trouble with gluten. I don’t, but a little boy in my church class can’t have gluten, and I was excited to be able to bring in cookies that he could eat. Almond flour has less carbs than wheat flour, and I’m for sure thinking I need to cut back on my carb intake, so that’s my focus for using it. More great info:
Full of protein and dietary fiber, almond flour works well in a wide variety of recipes. Blanched Almond Flour can be substituted for flour in cakes, breads, cookies, muffins, and your favorite recipes that call for flour. Use it as a thickener in soups and puddings too! The taste and texture is phenomenal. With a fraction of the carbs of wheat flour, almond flour provides a hearty flavor and consistency without adding all of those empty calories.
Besides the cookies, I used it in biscuits but forgot to take a picture. In that recipe I used half almond flour and half regular flour. With my 2 attempts using almond flour, so far – great! Once again, you can find Honeyville Almond Flour HERE. I’ll be trying it more and more and letting you know again how it’s going.
I am trying out 3 weeks of sugar free eating. And man oh man, do I want a giant hunk of cake!! I am half way through, so only a week and a half to go. The little experiment is helping me realize that I do a pretty good job of eating healthy, EXCEPT that we have dessert at every meal. And I miss it! And I really like candy. And I miss it! And I like cereal. And it has sugar in it. Doh!