I bought a big bag of almond meal this past week at Trader Joe's to make this bacon-topped meatloaf (http://www.health-bent.com/proteins/paleo-meatloaf), but I still have a ton leftover!
Any suggestions as to what I should make with it? I've never tried baking any Paleo treats, and am not sure if I want to even start doing that, so besides making desserts, what else can I do with almond meal?
p.s. that meatloaf was delicious by the way. i highly recommend it!
Before I forget you should store it in the freezer so it stays fresh. I pour mine into a glass mason jar and take out as I need.
It's very flexible and definitely worth mixing with some other flours, such as potato, coconut, or rice, to play around with.
You can make:
Here, this is a good cake recipe. Made for a baby shower and it was a hit. Enjoy!
Chocolate Mousse Cake (Start to finish 1 hour)
1 T ground almonds, plus additional to dust pan
10 1/2 ounces dark chocolate - I used a 74% Valrhona
1 1/2 cups sugar - I used coconut sugar
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
5 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8 or 9 inch springform pan, then dust it with ground almonds, shaking off any excess. Set aside.
In a double boiler set at a low simmer, melt the chocolate, butter and sugar, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, ground almonds, and pinch of salt. Fold the egg mixture into the chocolate and stir until thickened, several minutes. Pour the cake into the pan, smooth the top and bake 45 minutes, or until the top is set and begins to crack.
Remove the side of the pan and let the cake cool completely. Berries on the side and whipped cream.
I know you just made meatloaf, but I love this meatball recipe that uses almond flour (meal).
Garden Fresh Meatballs: http://www.thewholekitchen.com/garden-fresh-meatballs/
And there is this southern favorite:
Biscuits and Gravy: http://www.thewholekitchen.com/biscuits-and-gravy/
A loaf of almond bread is super easy and gives you something to spread butter on or have with your bacon and eggs etc...
100g Almond meal 2 large eggs, beaten 1/2 tsp baking powder 25 gr butter or coconut oil, melted
Preheat oven to 180C/350F
Mix ingredients together, place in a greased loaf pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Another popular use for my household is using it to crumb schnitzels or chicken.
If you do cheese, you can make crackers: 2 & 1/4 cups of almond meal, 1 egg, chopped rosemary, sesame seeds, 1 tbspoon of olive oil, salt to taste. Work it with your hands, make a ball, and then put it on top of some parchment paper. Using your fingers flatten it and spread it thin to shape it as crackers. Then use a knife to cut down rectangles carefully. Place the parchment and crackers on a cookie sheet, and oven-bake for 15 minutes or so, at 350 F. Remove from the oven, let cool completely. Enjoy!
Almond meal doesn't go bad if stored well. Air-tight container in the freezer would be good. I don't find I use much almond meal myself, but it's a nice pantry staple to have around just in case the need arises. Almond flour biscuits are good.
There are some great ideas listed for using the almond meal but your best bet is to store it in the freezer and not make them all one after the other. Just like it is not a great idea to go overboard eating nuts, it is also better to not eat too much almond flour unless you are like Twiggy and can handle it.
I highly recommend using it for omelettes! Great for breakfast!
1/2 tbsp of GHEE or whatever fat you like to cook with
Cook until the omelette becomes "solid".