Almond flour is a great low carb flour to use as a substitute when making homemade bread. If you are on a keto diet or a grain free diet then this recipe will be right up your ally. There are also a lot of health benefits to using almond flour... check the end of this post for those benefits.
I began using almond flour right after switching to a grain-free diet because it was all that was around at that point. I quickly found that my baked goods seemed to be too moist and greasy, so I started introducing just a bit of coconut flour into my recipes to help absorb some of the moisture. The combination of the two seemed to work well, and I stuck exclusively to those for a while. I noticed though, that eating too many baked goods with almond flour too often caused my stomach to act up, so I limit the amount of treats I eat, and also now like to use other grain-free flours like cashew and sunflower seed flour to change things up a bit. I also recently started experimenting with arrowroot powder, green banana flour too.
The finer the almond flour is ground, the better your baked goods will turn out. If you use a courser ground flour, your product will be much more grainy and the texture will be as if you added nuts to the batter.
Be careful, nut flours can burn easily. That is why this recipe calls for a lower baking temperature and longer time than you would use with a normal flour recipe. Since all ovens heat differently be sure to watch your oven temp and check your bake times.
Almond flour can get expensive, but you can get a discount if you buy in bulk. You can store almond flour in your refrigerator for about a month and in your freezer for around 6-8 months. If you store it in your freezer, just remove the portion of this low carb flour that you need for your recipe and let thaw at room temperature for around 25-30 minutes.
Almond Meal is different than Almond Flour. Almond Meal is ground almonds with the skin on, while Almond Flour is blanched almonds with the skin removed. I notice that my cakes and cookies are denser and more “mealy” textured, when almond meal is used.
Homemade Low Carb Almond Flour
If you are feeling like you are up for a decent challenge, you can skip buying almond flour and grind it yourself. Even though most of the directions out there say you can just grind up blanched, peeled almonds, however, I the best way to get a high quality finely blended low carb flour is to use a grain mill. If you do decide to blend this yourself make sure that you don't blend too long or you will end up with almond butter.
Health Benefits of Almond Flour
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
Did you know that substituting nuts for an equivalent amount of carbohydrate in an average diet resulted in a 30% reduction in heart disease risk. Researchers calculated even more impressive risk reduction of 45% when fat from nuts was substituted for saturated fats. In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, almonds' ability to reduce heart disease risk may also be partly due to the antioxidant action of the vitamin E found in the almonds, as well as to the LDL-lowering effect of almonds' monounsaturated fats.
90 Second Almond Bread
- Mix almond flour, egg, and baking powder together in microwavable container
- Stir in coconut oil (or butter) and spices, if desired, until well combined
- Microwave for 90 seconds
- Cool for a minute
- Slice in half
- Toast in toaster or lightly brown each side in skillet over med-high heat