Homemade Almond Flour

Make Your Own Homemade Almond Flour

Almond flour is expensive. Perhaps you’d like to try making your own homemade almond flour? We’ll tell you how. It is not that difficult and the reward is a great tasting flour.

Homemade Almond Flour sack
Make Homemade Almond Flour

For sweet treats, it is best to make your almond flour without almond skins, because the skins have a bit of a bitter taste.

First, you need to have blanched almonds. Blanching is a process in itself; we recommend you purchase Raw Blanched Almonds ready to be made into almond flour. Raw is important because in 2007, the U.S. passed a law requiring all almonds to be pasteurized. Unfortunately, this is often done with the use of proplyene oxide which is a toxic substance originally used as racing fuel. Other almonds are pasteurized with steam.

Making Your Homemade Almond Flour

Do this in batches of no more than 1-cup of almonds at a time. Use your food processor, coffee grinder or blender and be sure your almonds are at room temperature. Place the almonds into your device and pulse 3 to 4 times, about 10 seconds each time. Do this up to a total of 30 seconds, as you don’t want the almond to release too much oil (you’d have almond butter instead of flour). Now sieve the flour and place the pieces that can’t make through the sifter back into the mixer or blender; pulse another 3 to 4 times and sieve again. Pieces that remain in your sieve can be used as almond meal.

Storage. Put the almond flour into airtight zip lock bags or containers and keep in the fridge. Your flour will stay good for 3 to 4 weeks. For longer storage (up to 2 months), store in your freezer. Use as needed for baking.

Now How About Homemade Almond Butter?

Almond butter can be made from your raw nuts; however, roasting the nuts just prior to making the butter considerably enhances the flavor. To roast the almonds, spread them in a thin layer on a baking sheet at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Stir a few of times to assure even roasting.

To make your own homemade almond butter, you’ll need:

Fresh Almonds
Fresh Almonds

1 cup roasted almonds
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon unrefined vegetable oil

Combine the almonds and salt in a food processor, blender, meat grinder or nut butter machine and process until the nuts are finely ground. Add the oil and continue processing until the butter reaches your desired degree of smoothness, adding more oil if necessary. For chunky butter, stir in 1/4 cup chopped almonds. Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Almond Butter Variations: Substitute Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts or macadamia nuts for the almonds. Or combine two or more of these nuts in any proportion.

Oriental Almonds Recipe Card

Almonds are amazing, speaking from a nutritional standpoint. The taste pretty amazing, too! But we’ve already covered that (see Amazing Almonds). We’ve also covered the fact that almonds are cholesterol conscious.

FDA approved health claim for almonds.

“Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

So what is left, but to eat some almonds!?

Fresh almonds

Jazz up your healthful almonds with the following Oriental Almonds recipe. Eating almonds plain is fine, but a new taste sensation is a nice change.

Did you know? Almonds are high in fiber, calcium, and usable protein and help stabilize blood sugar when under-going detoxification. And… Data shows that most Americans get only half of their recommended vitamin E per day and almonds are an ideal way to close that gap.

Let’s get on with the recipe, shall we?

Oriental Almonds Recipe

Ingredients for the Oriental Almonds Recipe:
1-1/2 tablespoon butter
1-1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
Dash hot pepper sauce
2 cups blanched whole almonds

Directions:
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Melt butter in a 2-quart oven-safe baking dish in the oven. Stir in all ingredients except the almonds, until mixed thoroughly. Add almonds and stir until completely coated. Bake, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until almonds are crisp.

Oriental Almonds Recipe Card

Oriental Almonds Recipe Card

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Bonus: Orange-Rosemary Almonds

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place 1 pound raw almonds on a sheet pan. Toss with 4 teaspoons safflower oil and roast 8 minutes. Mix 4 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne and a pinch of sugar in large bowl. Add almonds and toss to coat. Store in airtight container.

Amazing Almonds

Amazing Almonds

Fresh Amazing Almonds
Fresh Amazing Almonds

National Almond Day February 16

Just a handful of amazing almonds a day may help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. And that’s good news for just about everyone! Cardiovascular disease holds its spot as the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S.

Almonds are cholesterol free and low in saturated fat.

Just one ounce of almonds contains 35 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin E. A one ounce serving would be about 23 almonds.

In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, experts state that amazing almonds contain flavonoids and phenolics in their skins. This  is similar to certain fruits and vegetables.

For example:

A crunchy one-ounce serving of almonds contains a similar amount of total polyphenols as one cup of green tea and 1/2 cup of steamed broccoli.

Amazing Almonds and Gut Health

Ongoing research hypothesizes that almonds may have a prebiotic effect that can provide benefits supportive of your GI tract in maintaining immunity and overall well-being.

While more research is still needed to explore almonds and gut health, it has already established the important role of fiber in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. In short, almonds help with regularity. Just one ounce of almonds provides 3 grams of fiber. This is 12 percent of the recommended Daily Value.

Read more about fiber at Fiber: A Non-Nutritional Vital Nutrient.

Amazing Almonds and Weight Loss

A handful of almonds is considered a good fit for weight-loss efforts. They offer key benefits to anyone trying to shed a few pounds.  The top of the list is satiety. Meaning fewer calories for more nutrients. Next, their satisfying crunch and undeniable tasty flavor. A one-ounce serving (about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of three nutrients. Almonds are 100 percent cholesterol free, too. And all this for a measly 160 calories. Not to mention 6 grams of energy-packed protein.

Almond Eating Suggestions:

  • Satisfy your sweet tooth by mixing almonds with your favorite dried fruits or chocolate chips.
  • A handful of almonds can satisfy your craving without undoing your whole day. Sprinkle them over some fat-free frozen yogurt or whole grain cereal. When you really want to indulge, keep a gourmet chocolate bar with almonds on hand. Just make sure you keep your portions in check.
  • Almonds work great with fish, poultry, and other proteins. They can also liven up all sorts of side dishes.
  • A satisfying handful of almonds can get you through an afternoon slump.

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