Recipes

Video Podcast: How To Make Almond Meal

Making your own almond meal is easy as one, two, three! Grab your food processor, your almonds, and an airtight container for storage. Mason jars work great, but plastic containers and zip-locks can work too. You can purchase raw, blanch or un-blanched almonds at your local health food store. These are not salted or roasted. Blanched almonds are almonds that have been soaked and removed of their skin. This choice is merely out of preference, but I believe the skin holds nutrients, so I prefer un-blanched almonds.

Below you will find some of my favorite recipes using gluten free, grain free, high protein almond meal. This ingredient is heart healthy and delicious!

There is a considerable difference between almond meal and almond flour, so don’t get the two confused! They will yield a completely different product if you use almond meal for a recipe that calls for almond flour. Almond meal serves as a versatile coating for chicken, fish, casserole toppings, or granola-like toppings for fruit.

Almond flour is great for desserts, entrees, or desserts. Almond flour is not to be confused with almond meal, which contains whole, ground almonds that still have the skin on them. Almond meal, or almond flour that is not blanched, will not work for almond flour recipes.

Check out this article to discern the difference between almond meal and almond flour.

Almond meal is a perfect alternative:

  • high protein
  • low carb
  • gluten/grain free
  • heart healthy

Check out these almond flour and almond meal recipes!

Almond meal recipes:

Almond Paste

5 Ways to use Almond Meal

Almond flour recipes:

Almond Flour Pancakes

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

10 Great Almond Flour Recipes

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Paleo certified chocolate chip cookies are nothing short of delicious and satisfying!

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup palm shortening
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks
  1. Combine almond flour, salt and baking soda in a food processor
  2. Pulse in shortening, honey and vanilla until dough forms
  3. Remove blade from processor and stir in chocolate chunks by hand
  4. Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Press balls of dough down gently
  6. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes
  7. Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  8. Serve

Makes 18 cookies

Note: If your dough is too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons more honey

Almond Flour Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast?

Start your morning off right with this recipe. The possibilities are endless: top with fresh fruit, your favorite nut or seed butter, or Grade B maple syrup.

Yields 18 pancakes

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • coconut oil for cooking
  1. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, water, vanilla and honey
  2. Add almond flour, salt and baking soda and mix until thoroughly combined
  3. Heat coconut oil on skillet over medium low to medium heat
  4. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter at a time onto the skillet
  5. Pancakes will form little bubbles, when bubbles open, flip pancakes over and cook other side
  6. Remove from heat to a plate
  7. Repeat process with remaining batter, add more oil to skillet as needed

See Elana’s Pantry for her library of gluten free, dairy free recipes.

Yeast-Free Protein Balls

Happy Wednesday! Peyton here!

I have two things for y’all today:

  1. A podcast about my transition to yeast-free living as a college athlete, found here.
  2. This amazing recipe for Yeast-Free Protein Balls– my own twist on Hotze’s popular snack!

TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

MAKES: 15 Balls

SERVING SIZE: 1 Ball

NUTRITION FACTS: 123 calories, 8.2 g fat, 6.5 g protein, 1.3 g fiber, 1 g sugar

Needed:

  • 1 medium sized Tupperware container
  • 1 sheet of Aluminum Foil
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon or spatula
  • 1/2 cup measuring cup

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup of organic nut butter
  • 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 scoops of sugar-free protein powder (I use Jay Robb Vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar-replacement product (I recommend Xylitol or Erythritol)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or coconut oil

Directions: 

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1. Place the nut butter, oatmeal, protein powder, and vanilla extract together in the mixing bowl. Stir until sufficiently combined.

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2. On Wax paper, spread out the sugar replacement (I used Erythritol) and cinnamon.

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3. Using your hands, scoop up an handful of the mixture, rolling it between your palms to make half-dollar sized balls. One at a time, roll each ball in the Erythritol and cinnamon until the ball is completely coated.

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4. Once coated, place each ball in the Tupperware container. When finished, place the Tupperware container in the refrigerator. After 10 minutes, enjoy!

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7 Layer Bars

Right out of my favorite cookbook Against All Grain, these 7 layer bars are a hit!

All the labor has a satisfying payoff. Each layer requires separate preparation, but all parts come together to create one amazing treat!

PREP TIME: 60 mins  COOK TIME: 45 mins TOTAL TIME: 105 mins

Makes 1 dozen bars

Recipe:

Caramel Sauce:
1/2 cup honey
1-1/2 tablespoon palm shortening or ghee
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Crust:
1∕3 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut flour
1⁄4 cup almond flour
1⁄4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch sea salt

Ganache:
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon coconut milk
3 tablespoons honey

Coconut Cream:
3 tablespoons coconut butter
6 tablespoons coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey

Toppings:
1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
1⁄4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1⁄4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Make the caramel sauce. Bring the honey to a low boil in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure even browning and a dark amber color. Remove from heat and carefully whisk in the palm shortening, coconut milk, and salt. Return to heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Do not under cook, carmel will be too runny.
  2. Make the crust. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix until a dough forms. Press the dough into an 8-by-8-inch ovenproof dish. Bake for 10 minutes. remove and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  3. Make the ganache. Melt the chocolate slowly over a double broiler or in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water. stir in the milk and honey. spread the chocolate mixture over the crust.
  4. Drizzle cooled caramel sauce over the chocolate layer. sprinkle chopped walnuts over the chocolate layer.
  5. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the chocolate layer.
  6. Make the coconut cream. Place the coconut cream ingredients in a small bowl, whisk, and then drizzle over the walnuts.
  7. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the cream layer.
  8. Finish with a layer of chocolate chips.
  9. Place the bars in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then refrigerate for 1 hour to set. cut into 12 even bars.