Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{Recipe}: Almond Flour

As you know from my earlier post, I try my best to stay away from Gluten (and grains in general). It's not that I'm oblivious to the fact that gluten is harmful to my body, because I get it, I do. It's just that I love food too much to care. Two days ago I had a horrible "gluten overdose", and let's just say I'm on a gluten free cleanse for awhile (i.e. as long as I can last). It was horrible. I don't ever want to experience that again. Why not go COMPLETELY gluten free? You may ask. Thousands of people are, so why just pick and choose? Because its EXPENSIVE. It really is. And I've tried the whole "buy gluten free items, tra la la la..." and they taste NASTY.

So my only solution thus far has been to 1. Suffer the consequences, and 2. Make everything GFree Homemade. I'm not a fan (AT ALL) of Rice Flour. It has a nasty grainy texture and tastes horrible. Plus, like most gluten free flours, its uber expensive!! So I knew I wasn't going to mess with that stuff anymore. Enter Almond Flour.

When I realized how easy (and cheap) it was to make homemade Almond Flour, I almost threw my phone across the room in glee. Then I went upstairs to see how much of my organic raw almond stash I had left. Almost 2 cups worth! YAY!

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle


The directions for the flour call for:
  • a blender or a coffee grinder (not a food processor) because it allows for smaller flour particles. I used my trusty Hamilton Beach single serve Smoothie Maker, because it is perfect for grinding things up!
  • a flour sifter.
  • an airtight container to store it in.
  • a bowl to sift your flour into.

Like I said, I had almost 2 cups of almonds.


Directions:

Grind the almonds in your blender.

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle

After your "first grind" or the first time you try to grind the almonds, pour the contents into a flour sifter, and sift your flour into a bowl.

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle

 The remaining contents can be placed back into the blender. 

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle

I did this two times through, and by the third time, all that was left was about 1/4 cup of almond flour "balls", so I just decided to toss the rest.

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle
little almond balls. Just toss em'

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle

After you've sifted all of your flour, you have to store it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge or freezer so it doesn't get rancid. The oxygen hitting the fresh flour can spoil it I guess. Placing it in the freezer lasts longer, so that's where I put mine.

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle

Homemade Almond Flour northern belle
As you can see, my family likes to throw stuff away.
But you should label it so you know how long you've had it!

I got about 3 1/2 cups of flour out of the two cups of almonds that I used and I'm planning on making some Paleo friendly brownies for my co-worker and I later today depending on if she works today or not, so be on the lookout for that post!

So there's my flour! I'm wondering if any of you have tried any other nuts to make flour out of? If so, comment below! I'd love to hear your input!

Price point: $$ (I paid about $7 for my almonds, and got 3 cups worth of flour, whereas in the store it is normally $10-$15 for 16 oz. of almond flour.)

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