As a person who lives with a gluten intolerance, I am always trying new alternatives to wheat based flours. Almonds are a remarkable nut, not only can they be used to make a delicious dairy free milk (and quite easily too!), they also make a healthy alternative to flour. Almond flour has a nutty sweet flavour that makes it popular in baked goods, such as gluten free cake, however, it is also fantastic in many savoury dishes too!
The process almonds go through in order to become almond flour, is actually quite simple. First, they are blanched in boiling water so that the soft skins (the outside coating that gives them that brown colour) can be removed, then they are ground up into a powder. Simple! Almond meal is another option that is made leaving the skins of the almonds on. Though it is also delicious, it doesn’t make as fine a powder as almond flour does, therefore isn’t always the ideal flour substitute.
Here are 5 reasons why you should consider almond flour as your flour substitute of choice!
Naturally gluten free - As I have already mentioned, almond flour is a gluten-free flour substitute. This means that it is able to be enjoyed by celiacs and people with gluten sensitivities, as well as everyone else!
Packed full of nutrients - Almond flour is incredibly rich in nutrients. It is high in protein and good fats, giving you long-lasting energy and the building materials you need to build and repair your muscles cells. It is also rich in other nutrients including Manganese, magnesium, vitamin E, phosphorus and copper.
High in fibre low in carbs - Unlike normal wheat flour, almond flour is low in carbs yet rich in fibre. This combination means that not only does it support your digestive system, with less risk of storing excess energy as fat, it also helps regulate your blood sugar levels and is less likely to cause a blood sugar spike.
Promotes healthy cholesterol levels - It is believed that almond flour not only helps lower levels of LDL cholesterol ( the bad kind!), it can actually help lower blood pressure too! Making almond flour a healthy heart option.
- Tastes delicious - Some flour substitutes leave a lot to be desired in the flavour department, yet almond flour will work to enhance the flavour of most dishes you use it in. It is nutty and naturally slightly sweet in flavour and works well in both sweet and savoury dishes.