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Benefits of Almond Flour

Updated on March 4, 2016
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Almond Flour

Something that is new to me but not to the world is Almond Flour. Before I found how popular it was, I used to ground almonds for different recipes I made and the same thing with oats, I use to ground oats for different recipes.

Now that I am aware of cooking with Almond Flour I am 100% hooked on it.Actually instead of using white flour, I make a mixture of Almond Flour, flax seed meal and wheat bran.Often I will add coconut flour as well.But of all of the flours I love the most is Almond Flour.

One of the things that is a little discouraging about it, is its price.It is not the cheapest flour to use, but it is among some of the healthiest, not to mention it is low in carbohydrates, it is gluten free and it adds the most wonderful nutty taste to everything you cook it in.

I just created this recipe this morning (2-2013) Lemon Grain Muffins


Almonds Health Benefits

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Almonds and Nutrition

Almond flour is made from ground sweet almonds, usually they use blanched almonds with no skins.The consistency is very much like corn meal instead of regular wheat flour.With many people following Low Carb Diets or watching the amount of carbs they eat, almond flour has become very important.I know from personal experience when baking with almond flour it will make your foods moister. I created a muffin recipe and they were so moist-which surprised me at first because I did not know almond flour would do that.

Almond flour is very nutritious-they are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugar.Listed below are just a few health benefits that comes from eating almonds.

- They reduce the risk of Heart Attacks

-They lower bad Cholesterol

**I cannot speak for everyone nor am I making any suggestions about my testimony:Unfortunately, I have a high cholesterol problem,.I have just about cut out eating white flour, breads (unless made with almond flour) and a lot of things that causes high cholesterol.I have switched to eating items made with almond flour, I drink nothing but almond milk and I have incorporated a lot of flax seed in my diet-along with exercise. My last doctor's appointment about three weeks ago showed that not only has my cholesterol came down but my triglycerides are within 42 points of being normal.I am not saying that eating almonds did that, I am just saying I started out 1 1/2 years ago with my triglycerides close to 500 and now they are 42 pts. from being normal.

-They protect artery walls from damage

-Almonds help with bones and teeth

-They aid in weight lost

- Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.

-It is said that almonds help with good brain function and MAY also reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.


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Did you know?

-Almonds are a stone fruit related to cherries, plums and peaches

-The US is the largest producer of almonds

-Almonds are used in lotions and other skin care products

-Almonds are packed with protein-1 oz. contains 12% of daily allowance

-1 oz. of almonds contains the same amount of antioxidants as 1 serving of broccoli

-Almonds are the best whole food sources of Vitamin E

-20-25 almonds contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk

-Almonds are a great source of folic acid which is something pregnant women need

-Almonds contain more magnesium than oatmeal or spinach

-Almonds are a great source of protein for vegetarians

-California is currently the only state in this US that produces almonds commercially. They produce approximately 80% of the worlds almonds due to the weather/climate.

Making your own Almond Flour

You can make your own Almond Flour or any nut flour. All you will need is a blender, food processor or coffee grinder and of course almonds.

Place the nuts into your food processor and grind to the consistency that you want.It only takes a few minutes.I have read that it is best to use a blender instead of a food processor because that way the nut will not release too much of its natural oil.But I personally use the food processor and it works fine.

To store your almond flour, I use a large glass jar with a latch lock to keep the air out.Other good storage containers would be mason jars.Also, when I find almonds on sale, I will freeze mine to make them last longer or if I grind them up I keep the flour in the refrigerator in an air tight container.It will last up to 6 months easily.

Homemade Almond Cheese

Almond Butter

I made a recipe the other day using almond flour mixed with coconut flour and I was amazingly surprise how nice the texture came out. I have a hard time with mushy textures but for some reason using the coconut flour with the almond flour really worked good together.

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    • boxxies profile image

      boxxies 

      5 years ago

      I never heard of almond flour before. Thanks for all the great info.

      What do you think of Almond Milk?

      Poutine

    • WhiteOak profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva Thomas 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I loved the Almond Cheese. I actually ate it on a black bean burger and it was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile image

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      I love this hub, great information. Almond four really is delicious and a great alternative. Thanks for the recipes, going to try the almond cheese.

    • WhiteOak profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva Thomas 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for visiting Phyllis. Actually I wrote a Bread Recipe on my blog: http://whiteoakskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/12/homem...

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      My gosh this is an interesting hub. I have just recently become more interested in the benefits of different kinds of flours other than white. Almond flour sounds wonderful - I bet it would make a really good tasting bread. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • WhiteOak profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva Thomas 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for visiting. I use Almond Flour just about the same way I use to white flour. And I have to admit that the recipes do taste much better with the Almond Flour so it is a win-win situation.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for highlighting almonds for us. As you note, they are nutritious and can be used in many ways for delicious recipes. Almond flour really is a healthy alternative to common flour.

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