Almond flour - one of our favourite and most frequently used ingredients, and there are so many reasons why we love it! Almond flour is so much more than just a gluten-free wheat flour substitute, its health benefits, taste and nutrient profile make it the ideal flour to use in any recipe.
You can find this gluten-free flour alternative in almost all of our recipes. Cookies, scones, brownies, pies, chocolate bars, crumbles... you name it. We love using almond flour because it substitutes very nicely for wheat flour, it tastes amazing and has so many health benefits.
What is almond flour?
Almond flour is simply made by finely grounding whole, peeled almonds. The almonds are first removed from their skin via blanching, which is done by placing whole almonds in boiling hot water. The blanched almonds are then ground and sifted into a fine flour that works perfectly as a wheat flour substitute in baked goods.
Unlike most wheat flours, this simple two step process means almond flour isn't highly refined and processed. The closer the ingredient is to its raw and natural form, the better it is for you, since is has been preserved of its nutritional benefits. We feel good eating something that is both more natural in our bodies and providing us with nutritional benefits.
What does almond flour taste like?
Not only is almond flour good for you, but it tastes amazing. We love the natural sweetness and mildly nutty taste that it adds to our recipes.
Nutritional benefits of almond flour
Don't be fooled by almond flours high calorie content, as it is packed with healthy fats and nutrients that provide many different health benefits.
Almond flour contains 35% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to rid the body of cell damaging free radicals and helps to lower your risk of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease.
Almond flour contains 20% of your recommended daily intake of Magnesium. Magnesium helps to improves blood sugar control, reduce insulin resistance and lower blood pressure.
Almond flour contains Monounsaturated Fats, a healthy fat that your body requires to help to keep LDL cholesterol levels in control. Regulated cholesterol levels help to reduce the risk of heart disease and keep weight under control.
Almond flour has a high fibre content and low glycemic index. This allows sugars to be metabolized in a slow and controlled manner and provide the body with a sustained source of energy. Almond flour's high fibre content, keeps you feeling fuller longer, promotes good digestion, increase energy levels and helps with weight loss.
We believe that everyone can benefit from substituting almond flour for wheat flours in their baking, wether you are gluten free or not!
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