Whether you are allergic to gluten, following a low-carb diet, or want an alternative higher in fiber, there are many reasons to use almond flour. For those following a ketogenic diet, determining whether it fits into their macros and how to use it for keto recipes is a common question.
What Is Almond Flour?
Almond flour is made from processing and grinding almonds into flour. It contains no grains, making it Paleo-friendly, and it isn’t refined. Almond flour contains far fewer carbohydrates than traditional grain-based flour. Here’s how the nutritional info compares:
As you can see, for a low-carb or keto diet, almond flour is a perfect option. It still has some carbohydrates in it, but when eaten in moderation, it more than fits into ketogenic macros.
One thing that can be quickly learned from alternative baking ingredients is how many things can go wrong. If you’re new to almond flour, here are some important tips to remember.
Almond flour can go rancid easily, so after opening, it should be kept in the fridge or freezer. Also, pay attention to the “use by” or “best by” date on the package. If it doesn’t come in a resealable bag, transfer to something that can be tightly closed. The freshness (or lack thereof) is noticeable in your final baking results.
Almond flour replaces wheat or grain-based flours in a ratio of one-to-one. Depending on your recipe, you may want to opt for fine or coarse almond flour, or if you have a food processor, you can make your own from raw almonds. Just don’t overmix or you’ll end up with almond butter!
When measuring almond flour, don’t pack it down in the measuring cup. This will result in too much flour and your recipe will be dense or dry and crumbly.
Almond Flour Keto Recipes to Try
If you want to try using almond flour on your keto diet, here are some excellent recipes to start with.
Do you incorporate almond flour into your diet? If so, comment below and let us know your favorite keto almond flour recipe! Also, make sure to follow us on social media where we post tons of new recipes (many including almond flour).
Aimee McNew, MNT is a nutritionist and researcher who focuses on women’s health, thyroid, prenatal, and postpartum wellness. She has worked in private practice and written on nutrition-related topics for a decade and is the author of The Everything Guide to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Simon & Schuster, 2016). She is currently working on her next book.
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