Where This Meets That
We’ve recently been experimenting with almond flour for cooking. Almond flour is simply almonds ground up to the consistency of flour. As with most organic food products, the monetary cost is higher, but the expense buys health benefits, in this case a much lower carb content than standard flour (2 net carbs per 1/4-cup versus a whopping 21 in Gold Medal All Purpose Flour).
Here are a couple recipes I am glad to endorse.
I loves me some pancakes and whipped up these low-carb ones this morning for the first time. They were really tasty (of course, as my first pancakes of 2012, they had a low barrier to success!).
Simply blend all this together using a wire whisk and cook like normal pancakes. This makes about 4 good-sized pancakes.
If you’re sick of getting your crunch fix with low-carb cheese crisps, these Triscuit-esque crackers offer a nice change of pace.
2 cups almond flour
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 egg scrambled (but not cooked)
1 tsp (or so) seasoning of your choice. I like to use Italian seasoning with a healthy dose of grated parmesan cheese, personally, but you can use dill, cayenne pepper, even cinnamon, or whatever!
1/2 tsp sea salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)
Mix all ingredients together until incorporated, then pour onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Lay another equal-sized sheet of parchment paper on top of the mixture, then press the mixture into a Triscuit-thin layer (the thinner the crisper). Use a roller (or in my case a ruler, as a squeegee pressing down onto the top layer of parchment) to help flatten the mixture as much as possible.
Remove the top parchment, and add score lines to the mixture. These will help you to break the crackers apart more easily after cooking.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. The edge pieces will brown quicker, so you’ll probably want to remove them about the 10-minute mark. Throw the rest back in for a little longer until they meet your vision.
These are great to top with sandwich meat and cheese or to enjoy with dip.
Check out Mark’s Daily Apple for more ideas!