Using almond meal in place of flour is a great way to avoid grain and still enjoy baked goods. Almonds are high in omega 3 fatty acids (the good kind) and also a good source of protein. Not to mention, they work in place of wheat flour when combined with flax seeds, arrowroot, or other binding ingredients. It is easy to make your own almonds meal from organic raw almonds purchased in bulk. It is possible to use blanched almonds, but raw (unblanched) almonds are typically more easy to find (at natural foods stores and/or the natural food section of most corporate supermarkets). Here’s the recipe:
Place ½ cup almonds in food processor, blender or coffee grinder.
Pulse for 30 seconds or until a flour-like consistency is reached.
Examine the almond meal to determine whether or not a flour-like consistency has been reached (if there are large pieces, pulse / grind for another 30 seconds).
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