Calling All Gluten Free Almond Lovers

by HEAB on December 10, 2009

Not too long ago, I received this lovely gift in the mail from my favorite Ohio couple, Scott and his lovely wife Christina. Thanks my friends! Almond in flour form and a cookbook to tell me what to do with it? You two know me well, and you can bet I’ve had much fun in the kitchen ever since my package of almond love arrived.


The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook was written by Elana Amsterdam, author of the blog, Elana’s Pantry. According to Elana,

Almond flour is highly nutritious, easy to use and readily available. For those of us watching our glycemic index, almond flour is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars. Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, almond flour is moist and delicious. After having tested just about every gluten free flour out there, I can save you a lot of time and hassle when I say that almond flour is far superior to other flours in terms of taste, nutrition and ease-of-use.

Elana recommends using blanched almond flour in all her recipes, and I am now a huge fan of this stuff. Want to see why? Well then, I’d love to share…

First up was a recipe sent to me by one of my readers. I present to you Cherie’s Chocolate Nut Seed Bread.


This bread is gluten, soy, and dairy free. Cherie has kindly granted me permission to share it with others, and you can click here for the recipe. Thanks so much Cherie!

Several weeks ago, another reader (Hey Margie) sent me this recipe for Beet Roesti, kind of like beet hash browns. For my version I used golden beets, almond flour, and soy-free Earth Balance.


So, my beet hash browns turned into more of a pile of beet hash, but whatever. They were still delicious! I ate them alongside another reader inspired dish, shrimp sauteed with onions, garlic, black beans, spinach, and spices mixed with quinoa and chipotle almond butter. Many thanks to Caronae for this protein packed & very tasty idea. :)

Next up was Tuesday night’s dinner. I made the turkey loaf recipe from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook, but I used grass fed beef instead of turkey.


CD was a big fan of the meatloaf. The boy loves his beef!

Then last night, I made the pizza crust recipe from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Oh my gosh, so simple, yet so good!


I dubbed this Holiday Pizza based on our red and green toppings: fresh basil, olive oil, roasted red peppers, sliced baby bellas, Celtic sea salt, and a little Parm on CD’s half. Seriously, this crust was the best homemade pizza crust I’ve ever made. It was like a crisp flatbread, and the only ingredients were almond flour, an egg white, olive oil, baking soda, and salt. Shirley, can this count as my entry for Holiday Food Fest? 😉

Again, many thanks to Scott and Christina for my cookbook and flour. There are so many more recipes I can’t wait to try. The perfect HEAB gift for sure!

What about you, have you tried almond flour? If so, what is your favorite use for it?

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