by lisa | 29 September 2012 15:40
I probably get more questions about almond butter and almond flour than anything else, so I decided I better make a post about it. Lovely little almonds become a lifesaver after you go grain free. So, here are the questions that I seem to get asked the most:
I’ve tried several different kinds of almond flour. I’ve bought it at Alnatura in Konstanz, I’ve bought it in the States and I’ve bought it at the Apfelbaum Bio Laden in Uster. And you know what I’ve discovered? The ground almonds at Migros or Coop are the exact same thing. There are two varieties of ground almonds:
If you take nothing else away from the things I blog about, know this: it’s not about your weight, it’s about your health! However, I do realize that lots of people stumble into the paleo way of eating because they are looking to lose weight. If weight loss is your goal (in addition to better health), it’s a good idea to keep this in mind:
I remember one of the first things I learned about baking was how to measure flour correctly. Doing it wrong could mean a major recipe fail. Almond flour is a little more forgiving, but if you want to get the best results possible, you should still follow a few guidelines:
You might get lucky and it might work out with some recipes, but because its weight, fat content and absorption rates are so different from that of wheat and other grain based flours, it does not reliably cross over. Unless you are a whiz in the kitchen (the kind of person who can magically create their own recipes and have them turn out great), it’s probably safer to use almond flour in recipes that were specifically created for almond flour, at least until you are used to baking with it.
Well, it never lasts long enough in my house for storage to be an issue! Nuts do go rancid so it should be kept in a cool, dry place in your kitchen. If you keep it refrigerated it will stay fresh for months and even longer if you freeze it. I tried keeping mine in the refrigerator and found that it got a bit clumpy so now I just keep it in the cupboard. I go through it pretty fast so I never bother to transfer it to glass storage jars.
Yeah, I had to put that in big capitol letters to express how much I love almond butter. I was never much of a peanut butter fan so not being able to have peanut butter wasn’t a problem for me when I went paleo. If you are missing your peanut butter though, I think you will find that there are a lot of tasty nut butters out there for you to love. Almond butter is used a lot in paleo baked goods recipes and people are always asking me about where to get it.
Almond butter is called Mandelmus in German. I buy the brand made by Rapunzel, which I have been able to find at just about every bio laden or reform haus that I’ve been into (both here and in Germany). Be sure to get the kind that says 100% Mandeln on the label (no sugar, no extra weird ingredients). A 500 gram jar costs about 15 francs, so the stuff is not exactly cheap. However, you can easily make your own in about 15 minutes! I’ll give you the recipe, but I don’t have any pictures yet since I already have two full jars sitting in my cupboard at the moment. You will need a food processor to make this.
To make one cup of almond butter, you need 8 ounces (225 grams) of almonds. I use the almonds from Migro with their skins still on (normal looking brown almonds). You can roast them in the oven first if you like for a roasted nutty flavor (but as I said, I’m lazy, so I don’t).
Throw the almonds into your food processor, turn it on and plug your ears. You probably shouldn’t just walk away because you’ll need to scrape down the sides every few minutes. Also, you might want to be around in case your little food processor is not as strong as you thought it was and starts to overheat. I don’t want to be held responsible for any kitchen fires!
It will take about 12 minutes to make a super thick (think paste) texture and then a few minutes beyond that to get to a really creamy and spreadable consistency. I don’t add salt, but you could. This will last several weeks in your refrigerator.
Experiment! Use different kinds of nuts or nut combinations. I’ve made sun butter (with sunflower seeds–closest thing to peanut butter), macadamia nut butter, cashew butter and hazelnut butter. Make your own Nutella by adding some cocoa powder and honey to your hazelnut butter! Homemade nut butters also make great gifts….(yes, that was a hint).
Got any great almond butter or almond flour recipes? Be sure to share them in the comments.
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