I often use almond flour for baking. Almonds are rich in protein and very delicious. Nowadays I seldom use white flour, because it is high in carbohydrates, which I find don’t really add value to my diet. Almond flour is also great for people who cannot tolerate gluten. It’s gluten free.
I use almond flour to bake muffins, bread, scones and kruidnoten. When I had just discovered almond flour I used to buy it in plastic packages at the local organic supermarket. I have never seen plastic-free almond flour.
However, I soon found out that you can easily make your own almond flour! In the Netherlands, this actually saves you some money too! I calculated earlier that it saves me about 3 euro per kilo. When I was living in the Netherlands, I used to buy plastic-free almonds at an organic supermarket called Ekoplaza at the Weimarstraat in The Hague. This particular shop sells nuts in bulk. I also frequently bought nuts at the weekly organic market in the city centre.
All you need to make almond flour is a decent kitchen machine and some almonds. It is very easy.
Measure the amount of almond flour you need. Put the almonds in the machine and start it. Depending on the quality of your machine, your almond flour is finished within one or a couple of minutes. If your machine is not very strong, make sure that it doesn’t get too hot, because that might kill your machine! I have a Bosch MUM86 with features a 1600 Watt motor.
If, for some reason, I do not have access to a machine I make my own almond flour by chopping almonds using a kitchen knife. This is of course more laborious and the flour won’t be as fine as when using the machine, but it works in case of emergencies.
Do you use almonds for baking too? What’s your favorite recipe?