In an effort to start living a healthier lifestyle, upon the recommendation of my niece, I decided to start using some of the gluten free products on the market. I decided to give the Almond Flour a try. Many thanks to JustAlmonds who recently granted me the opportunity to review a couple of their products: Almond Flour and Nonpareil Almonds.
JustAlmonds Flour is 100% made from natural California almonds. They contain no preservatives and no articifial ingredients. They are kosher certified and gluten-free. It is very nutritious, easy to use, and a great alternative to wheat flour. It is especially good for individuals who need to watch their glycemic index. It is high in protein and low in sugars and carbohydrates, which is great for my husband, who has some health issues. JustAlmonds carries flours which are natural (ground with skin called Almond Meal), or blanched (ground without the skin and white in color). I used the Almond Flour for both my recipes.
Not having the opportunity to use Almond Flour before, I was a bit skeptical about the taste. I love to bake, but have always used the traditional white flour or wheat flour in all my recipes for breads, cakes, cookies, etc. By the trial and error method, I learned that using Almond Flour in your recipes is just a wee bit different. I prepared my recipe for a Norweigan Coffee Cake that I had gotten from a friend many years ago. Now, I have used this recipe many, many times and have always loved the results…a cake that is light and fluffy. However, when I followed the recipe, as usual, I noticed that the coffee cake was different in appearance and texture. The cake did not rise as much as it usually has in the past. So, I did a bit of research and found out that yes, you can use Almond Flour in cakes, pancakes, cookies, etc., but it is not recommended for recipes such as bread as it does not knead well. Also, when using Almond Flour, you need to adjust the amount of eggs that you use in your recipe in order to attain the texture you desire.
Preparing the Norwegian Coffee Cake
Finished product – Norwegian Coffee Cake
While the coffee cake didn’t rise as high as when using regular white flour, the taste was out of this world, and the cake was so much richer. The next time that I make this recipe, I will use additional eggs to compensate for the desired texture.
As the optimist that I am, I decided to give the Almond Flour another test. As I still had some of the coffee cake left to consume, I decided to make some Almond Flour Pancakes. The recipe is listed on the JustAlmonds’ website, and very easy to follow. The recipe calls for four eggs, as opposed to the usual two as in other recipes.
Preparing the Almond Flour Pancake recipe
Almond Flour Pancakes. The pancakes turned out fantastic! Light and fluffy. My husband and I both ate three pancakes when neither of us will eat more than two at a sitting.
I also received a 1 lb bag of nonpareil almonds to review. The JustAlmonds’ brand of almonds are gluten free, and high in protein, which is a perfect substitution for peanuts. The JustAlmonds’ brand almonds are 100% natural Nonpareil California almonds, and prized for their superior taste and size, with no preservatives or artifficial ingredients. They are kosher certified and gluten free. The JustAlmonds’ almonds make a great snack and easy to take anywhere in their handy bag as an alternative to a salty snack. These almonds are packaged in 1 lb bags, 5 lb bags, 25 lb boxes, and 50 lb boxes. Ordering is simple when using their website or you can use their toll free number to call in your order if you are hesitant to order online.
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I have decided to start living a healthier lifestye, by using gluten free products. Why don’t you? Begin with the super fresh products that JustAlmonds offers. I suggest you take the time right after reading this review to drop by JustAlmonds’ website and order a few of these nutritious products.