The blogging world has introduced me to so many things–overnight oats (which I haven’t had in months…just got burned out on them), chia seeds, green monsters, Larabars, socca…and now, almond flour.
Almond flour is wayyyyy different than other flours, even gluten free flours. It’s basically made from ground up almonds so it packs plenty of healthy plant fats, fiber and protein. Even though I tend to eat gluten free 90% of the time, I haven’t done any experimenting with the typical GF flours like brown rice, sorghum, etc. When I make GF baked goods, I usually use buckwheat, quinoa or peanut flours but since I discovered almond flour a couple months ago, I’ve been loving it! It’s definitely harder to work with than other GF flours but it adds a great texture to things and unlike coconut flour, you don’t always need eggs to make it work, which I love as a vegan.
This week, I’ve had the house to myself for the mornings and early afternoons so I’ve been taking advantage and whipping up some new recipes in the kitchen. And because of my recent addiction to almond flour, a lot of those experiments have included almond flour in them!
Almond flour works really well as a GF and grain free breadcrumb-like coating. I’ve been loving sprouted tofu again lately so for my first time making summer rolls at home, I decided to pan-fry the tofu in a little coconut oil. I coated it in some light coconut milk mixed with red curry paste, rolled the tofu slices in some almond flour and threw it in the pan. Even though the filling fell out of some of the rolls, it was still a delicious dinner.
Another thing the blog world has introduced me to is ACV cocktails. Apple cider vinegar is apparently a wonder food that’s rich in potassium, can regulate blood pressure, improve skin appearance and removes toxins from the body, among other things. I finally invested in a bottle of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar from Spectrum Organics (it’s important to use this kind, otherwise you don’t reap the benefits) and I made my first ACV cocktail the other day. It was really sour at first, but I got used to it quickly and I’m planning on using it daily from now on!
This is also unrelated to almond flour, but it’s a new lunch I’ve been loving lately: the vegan omelette. Even as an omni, I HATED eggs and I never ate omelettes so it’s kinda ironic that now I’m vegan I’m craving omelettes. Whatever. Since I’ve never had an omelette, I can’t really tell you if the texture of this is similar to a real one, but it’s a simple protein and veggie packed lunch that’s also totally customizable to your tastes. I really love adding a tablespoon of nooch to the batter and filling it with carrots, jalapenos and spicy nacho cheez sauce.
Vegan Omelette (vegan, gluten free, grain free)
1/4 cup garbanzo/fava bean flour
sea salt, to taste
nutritional yeast, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, etc.
1/4-1/2 cup chopped fresh veggies (carrots, spinach, peppers, etc.)
Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. In a bowl, mix garbanzo flour, salt and spices until combined. Add in just enough water to make a batter (should be drippy but not too thin). Pour batter into pan and wait for both sides to cook through (can flip over if you want). Once both sides are cooked, add in veggies and whatever other fillings you want to half of the omelette, and then with a spatula, flip over the uncovered half onto the veggie-covered half. Continue cooking for about a minute or until veggies start to soften. Serves 1.
This was submitted to Healthy Vegan Friday #27.
I’ve been switching up my breakfasts lately and loving it because then I’m not getting burned out too quickly. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect vegan pancake that isn’t full of gluten but is still delicious and I think I’ve got a winner. It took me a few tries to get the consistency right but these almond flour-based pancakes are really good. They’re definitely not the fluffy, Bisquick-like pancakes of your childhood but they’re great as a healthier every day breakfast and they’re perfect for all kinds of toppings, which are the best part anyway!
Pumpkin Almond Pancakes (vegan, gluten free, grain free)
2-4 tbsp almond flour (depending on how many pancakes you want or if you want a lot of toppings)
1/2 tbsp tapioca or arrowroot starch (don’t leave this out!)
1 tsp dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 packet stevia, to taste
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp pumpkin puree (can use applesauce or banana if you don’t want pumpkin pancakes)
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Heat nonstick pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray or use coconut oil to cook. In a bowl, whisk dry ingredients (through sea salt) until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk remaining ingredients until combined. Pour dry ingredients into wet and if needed, add a little more almond milk to thin out (you want the batter to be somewhat thick so it can stick together in the pan). Spoon half of the batter into the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Only cook one pancake at a time so they don’t stick. Serve with fresh berries, real maple syrup or nut butter. Serves 1 or 2.
My latest order of peanut flour came in at the right time, just as I was starting to go through withdrawals 😉 Kidding, but I loooooooove that stuff! My favorite way to eat it is to mix it up with stevia and water so it’s like a peanut frosting and then top a garnet yam with it and sprinkle on some dried fruit. Um, yum!
And now I finally have a delicious gluten free (and technically grain free too, since buckwheat is a seed) vegan donut recipe! And I took Heather’s donut advice to heart and remembered to flip the pan onto the baking rack…now my donuts are prettier! This time around, I was inspired by the citrus season and my year-round love for summer and made some orange creamsicle donuts. Because who wouldn’t want a summery treat when it’s all blah outside?
Orange Creamsicle Donuts (vegan, gluten free)
1 tbsp ground flax+ 3 tbsp warm water, for flax ‘egg’
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup (2 scoops) Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (or other vegan vanilla protein powder)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp coconut sugar (or other natural granulated sugar)
1/4-1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice and zest of one large tangerine (I used a Minneola)
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray (I used a 6 cavity). In a small bowl, mix flax with water to gel into ‘egg’ and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients (through coconut sugar). In the bowl with the flax ‘egg’, stir in almond milk, vanilla, juice & zest, coconut oil and applesauce until combined. Pour wet into dry–the batter should be lumpy and thick. Add a bit more almond milk if needed. Spoon or pipe batter into donut pan (it will make a little more than can fit in a normal-sized 6 cavity pan) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until just set. Makes 6 donuts.
And if you’re not overwhelmed by all the recipes yet, here’s one more (it’s the last one, I promise!) It’s a recipe for almond flour-based biscotti…but don’t be intimidated by the name! I had never made biscotti before this, let alone grain free vegan biscotti, but it actually turned out exactly like I hoped it would and my non-vegan cookie-loving dad told me I should sell them! So that’s a good sign, right 😛 I based my recipe off the one found here, just making a couple of changes to make it my own. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures but you can check out the original recipe for some great pics.
Almond Flour Biscotti (vegan, gluten free, grain free)
1 cup almond flour
1 tbsp raw cacao powder (you can use regular cocoa or carob powder)
2 tsp tapioca or arrowroot starch
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp maple syrup (can sub honey, coconut or agave nectar)
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 dried Calimyrna fig, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor or high-powered blender, blend together almond flour, starch, sea salt and baking soda just until combined. Add the maple syrup until mixture comes together into a sticky ball. Run hands under water and place ball of dough onto parchment-lined sheet and press dough together. Add in sunflower seeds and fig and form dough into a long, narrow log. Bake for 20 minutes, or just until it starts to harden. Remove from oven for 10-15 minutes, cut the dough into about 1o or 12 pieces (cut along the diagonal) and then place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes to finish hardening.
Sorry about the recipe overload! Obviously I am way too excited about my almond flour successes but trust me when I say that they’re all really good substitutes for the typical gluten-filled desserts and breakfasts. Almond flour isn’t the lowest calorie flour per serving out there, plus it’s a lot higher in fat (healthy fat, of course) than most others but that’s why I like it–it’s a way to challenge my former ED fear of fats and it’s fun experimenting with ways to make vegan baked goods without the gluten or grains!
Have you ever tried almond flour in any recipe? Do you drink anything ‘weird’ in the morning?
20 thoughts on “WIAW: Working With Almond Flour”
Okay I NEED that donut in my life – It looks so cute, not to mention delicious!
Yes, it is so good! Plus anything that’s cute is automatically more tasty 😉
you are so fancy with homemade summer rolls.
Haha, I’ve always wanted to try making summer rolls at home and now that I know how easy it is I’ll definitely do it more often.
Just found your blog and am linking up on my sidebar so I remember to visit often! I’m near vegan as well 🙂
Awww thanks! I’ll be checking out your blog too for some vegan eats.
Wow, you’ve really been cooking and baking up a storm of interesting recipes! I’m especially intruiged by the vegan omelette.
Actually, almond flour/ground almonds is a baking staple around here. I recently used it when baking vegan cake pops/balls and people always think I snuck marzipan in there :D.
Call me a coward but I’m still scared of ACV “cocktails” …
I love the idea of almond flour cake pops, so cute and yummy!
I was really scared of the ACV cocktail idea at first too (especially after I tried a little ACV on it’s own…yuck!) but it’s actually pretty good if you mix it with enough water, some stevia and cinnamon!
So many awesome recipes, and I’m especially loving the sound of those orange creamsicle donuts! I’ve used almond flour on a few occasions, I think once to make cookies and a few other times to make muffins, but I’d really like to start experimenting with it some more.
Oh, and I love the pic of the garnet yam – it looks like a heart 🙂
Almond flour is really fun to experiment with, and I love how it adds a nutty flavor to everything!
Gosh, I cannot wait to get an apartment and bake again! I will definitely try almond flour.
Your donut is adorable
You will love having an apartment, it’s so much better than the dorms!
So many amazing recipes. I need to get myself some almond flour so I can put the recipes to good use 🙂
Yep, definitely try out the almond flour, if you can get it in bulk or online it’s pretty cheap!
Your protein donut sounds amazing(love the shape, too!) 🙂 Have a great day!
Thanks girlie, I’m so glad I got a heart-shaped pan rather than a regular one, it makes for much cuter donuts!
So many yummy foods you’ve been snacking on lately! I haven’t had overnight oats in a while too…I (kinda) miss ’em 😛
I’ve been missing the oats a little bit too lately, maybe I’ll have to try them again but I’m on a waffle and pancake kick right now!
Ooh those summe rolls look really good! I love stuff like that!
Me too, they were really good and actually a lot easier to make than they look!
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