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!
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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:
- Pie/pizza crusts and crackers
- Coating for a protein - a great replacement for bread crumbs
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.
Almond meal + Organic butter + Raw honey. Mix together. Eat. Enjoy!
(It tastes kinda like cookie dough :-))
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.
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.
Coat some pork chops or chicken pieces in whisked egg, then cover in almond flour and pan fry with butter - DELICIOUS!
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!
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.
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/
If you've got the Everyday Paleo cookbook, I highly recommend the paleo pizza recipe in it. The crust is made of almond meal. There's lots of meat, and it is soooo good.
I highly recommend using it for omelettes! Great for breakfast!
- 3 eggs,
- 1 fruit (or more) (example, half a banana and some mixed berries),
- approximately same amount of almond meal as eggs,
- tiny bit of honey, or a teaspoon of coconut cream
1/2 tbsp of GHEE or whatever fat you like to cook with
- Mix the eggs
- Add the almond meal, and mix again
- Add the fruit and the honey/coconut cream
- Heat Ghee on a pan
- Once melted, add the mixed ingredients making sure you take care while it is cooking making sure it doesn't stick
Cook until the omelette becomes "solid".
I pound out chicken breasts to about an inch and a half, soak in buttermilk, dredge in almond meal and black pepper, and fry in olive oil. Southern fried chicken! Be careful to pound out the chicken so that it cooks through before the almond meal coating burns. If you turn the heat down too much to avoid this, the coating isn't crisp and may fall off. Also, it's good to use a cast iron skillet and get the oil hot first to avoid sticking.
I second jesuisjuba's pizza crust. I use egg, almond meal and spices in a pan fried up and then top with veggies, cheese and meat.
these chicken "nuggets" are delicious. my non-paleo fianc?? loves them too!
- 1 lb chicken breast
- 1 C almond meal
- 3/4 tsp salt (I recommend Real Salt)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- coconut oil, melted (or other fat suitable for high heat. Use amount desired. About 1/4 cup should be enough.)
INSTRUCTIONS Cut chicken into small chunks, about 1 ??? 1 1/2 inch chunks. Place in bowl. Mix almond meal with seasonings. Sprinkle almond meal and seasoning mixture over chicken and mix well to coat thoroughly. Melt coconut oil. Drizzle over chicken and mix to coat lightly. Bake in preheated oven (425 degrees for convection / 450 for conventional) until chicken???s internal temperature reaches 180 degrees (about 10 minutes for a convection oven [I love my Hamilton Beach convection oven] and 14 for conventional).
I use it to make salmon cakes: mash up one can of salmon (with skin and bones), add an egg, and just enough almond meal to make it stiff enough to form cakes. Fry in some oil or bacon fat till crispy on both sides. I sometimes top with greek yogurt our sour cream.
I'm out of almond meal, and the nearest Trader Joe's is two hours away. :(
You can make almond meal crackers. The texture is a bit odd on the teeth, but you can get used to them, and they're a great vehicle for liver pate or something like that. I forget how I used to make them, but I think I just mixed almond meal with salt and herbs and then water until the dough could be pushed out on parchment on a cookie sheet. Then I cut it into pieces and baked until brown. I can't remember what temperature, though, but I think it was pretty low, like 325. At the time I was making them, I wasn't grain-free, so I mixed in some rice flour or quinoa flour occasionally to improve the tooth-feel.