What Is Almond Flour & What Are The Health Benefits?
Almond Flour is simple to make and can provide you with lots of health benefits! Almond products have become increasingly popular in the market also. You can buy almond flour at many grocery stores, usually found in the gluten-free section.
Almond flour has a very nutritious profile and incredibly versatile, making it very appealing. Nutrition wise, almond flour is high in protein, healthy fats and fiber.
Research suggests almonds may be protective against cardiovascular disease and diabetes due to their impressive profile being rich in phytochemicals as well as many vitamin and minerals. As almond flour is made from whole almonds, this flour is rich in vitamin E, which has been known to have a protective effect against free radical damage.
According to the USDA, 1/4 cup of almond flour provides 170 calories, 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of carbs and high in calcium and potassium.
What's the difference between Almond Flour & Almond Meal?
Almond flour is basically made from blanched almonds that have been finely-ground. Blanching almonds is basically the process of boiling almonds to remove the skin. Once the skin is removed, almonds are dried and blended in a food processor until it reaches a flour-like consistency and has a pale colour.
Almond meal on the other hand, is made from using almonds, that are ground with their skin on, which makes the final flour-consistency quite different from almond flour. The texture of almond meal is coarser and it has a darker appearance.
Almond flour is often used to make lighter baked goods like airy cakes and breads. French macarons are made mainly with almond flour. If you are looking for a breadcrumb substitute for coating fish, meat or vegetables, almond meal is a good choice due to its coarse texture. To make cookies and quick breads, either almond flour or almond meal can be used interchangeably.
How to Make Almond Flour
Boil hot water. Add of almonds for 1 -2 minutes
Drain almonds and remove skin
Lay peeled almonds on a paper towel for a few hours to dry completely
Add peeled, dry almonds to a food processor and blend until it reaches a flour consistency (powdery)
To Store: Keep almond flour in an air-tight container and store in the fridge. Almond flour can also be stored in the freezer up to 2 months. Do not keep at room temperature as almond flour can go rancid