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Calling All Gluten Free Almond Lovers

December 10, 2009

Not too long ago, I received this lovely gift in the mail from my favorite Ohio couple, Scott and his lovely wife Christina. Thanks my friends! Almond in flour form and a cookbook to tell me what to do with it? You two know me well, and you can bet I’ve had much fun in the kitchen ever since my package of almond love arrived.


The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook was written by Elana Amsterdam, author of the blog, Elana’s Pantry. According to Elana,

Almond flour is highly nutritious, easy to use and readily available. For those of us watching our glycemic index, almond flour is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars. Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, almond flour is moist and delicious. After having tested just about every gluten free flour out there, I can save you a lot of time and hassle when I say that almond flour is far superior to other flours in terms of taste, nutrition and ease-of-use.

Elana recommends using blanched almond flour in all her recipes, and I am now a huge fan of this stuff. Want to see why? Well then, I’d love to share…

First up was a recipe sent to me by one of my readers. I present to you Cherie’s Chocolate Nut Seed Bread.


This bread is gluten, soy, and dairy free. Cherie has kindly granted me permission to share it with others, and you can click here for the recipe. Thanks so much Cherie!

Several weeks ago, another reader (Hey Margie) sent me this recipe for Beet Roesti, kind of like beet hash browns. For my version I used golden beets, almond flour, and soy-free Earth Balance.


So, my beet hash browns turned into more of a pile of beet hash, but whatever. They were still delicious! I ate them alongside another reader inspired dish, shrimp sauteed with onions, garlic, black beans, spinach, and spices mixed with quinoa and chipotle almond butter. Many thanks to Caronae for this protein packed & very tasty idea. πŸ™‚

Next up was Tuesday night’s dinner. I made the turkey loaf recipe from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook, but I used grass fed beef instead of turkey.


CD was a big fan of the meatloaf. The boy loves his beef!

Then last night, I made the pizza crust recipe from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Oh my gosh, so simple, yet so good!


I dubbed this Holiday Pizza based on our red and green toppings: fresh basil, olive oil, roasted red peppers, sliced baby bellas, Celtic sea salt, and a little Parm on CD’s half. Seriously, this crust was the best homemade pizza crust I’ve ever made. It was like a crisp flatbread, and the only ingredients were almond flour, an egg white, olive oil, baking soda, and salt. Shirley, can this count as my entry for Holiday Food Fest? πŸ˜‰

Again, many thanks to Scott and Christina for my cookbook and flour. There are so many more recipes I can’t wait to try. The perfect HEAB gift for sure!

What about you, have you tried almond flour? If so, what is your favorite use for it?

Have you entered my Vita-Mix Giveaway yet? You have until Sunday night, December 13 at midnight. Don’t miss out!

91 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2009 8:21 am

    Those pizza toppings are some of my fave! You are right – it is very festive. πŸ™‚

  2. December 10, 2009 8:23 am

    That pizza looks wonderful! I’d love to try that recipe!

  3. December 10, 2009 8:24 am

    WOW! So much delicious in one post! The pizza crust looks extra awesome to me (and of course I see some tasty brussels in there too!). I haven’t tried baking/cooking with almond flour yet, but want to. I will look for some next time I’m at WFs. I’d LOVE the recipe for that chocolate seed bread.

  4. December 10, 2009 8:27 am

    I love using almond flour and Elana’s Pantry is the one that got me hooked on it. I need to get that cookbook and try the pizza crust, that looks awesome!

  5. December 10, 2009 8:28 am

    that chocolate seed bread sounds delicious, i’d love the recipe! All of your meals look amazing! I have to stop being so boring, I cook just for myself, so I made a big pot of soup and eat it every day…dull dull dull but easy and yummy nonetheless

  6. December 10, 2009 8:30 am

    Ive never tried almond flour.. that cookbook sounds great..good gift idea!
    Im loving the look of that chocolate nut seed bread.. that would taste awesome with some hot tea!!!

  7. December 10, 2009 8:35 am

    I haven’t tried almond flour but I may have to now because your food looks delicious. I am trying to go gluten-free so this is perfect timing!!

  8. December 10, 2009 8:35 am

    Hi Heather! No, I have not tried almond flour but now I totally want to. And this cookbook sounds really good πŸ™‚
    The closest I have come to almond flour would be coconut flour, but I wasn’t completely in love with it. I would love to try Cherie’s Chocolate Nut Seed Bread!! Would you be able to send me the recipe?
    Have a fab day!

  9. December 10, 2009 8:37 am

    There are some great recipes that use almond flour in the new issue Vegetarian Times magazine. Sweet potato chocolate torte, I believe, is one of them. It looks scrumptious. And Elana’s website is great resource for GFers like myself. Thanks for sharing HEAB!

  10. December 10, 2009 8:38 am

    I’ll go ahead and admit it that I’ve never even heard of almond flour!

  11. December 10, 2009 8:43 am

    I love using almond flour in Elana’s recipes!! Haha πŸ˜€ Her cookbook is amaaaaazing.

  12. December 10, 2009 8:43 am

    What a sweet gift for you! I have used and loved almond flour–when I was doing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet last year. I loved making bread with it. It was shaped like a pancake, but oh so yummy! Perfect for an almond butter and banana sandwich! Then, I realized I don’t do so well with almonds 😦 I have also used pecan flour which is really good and I tend to digest that better.

    Glad you are having so much fun in the kitchen! Have a happy πŸ˜€ almond filled day!!

  13. Scott in Ohio permalink
    December 10, 2009 9:01 am

    Very cool! You are very welcome for the flour, my good friend. Thanks for putting the book to such good use. πŸ™‚

    It’s hard to believe that we could possibly need another recipe but, um, yeah, please send along Cherie’s Chocolate Nut Seed Bread recipe. Anything that is brownie-like AND Christina friendly is for us!

    Have a great Thursday!

  14. Lena permalink
    December 10, 2009 9:02 am

    Hi Heather, it’s me again. sorry to bother you but one last question… how often do you do yoga? everyday? would three times a week be good enough for 30 mins each? thanks πŸ™‚

  15. December 10, 2009 9:05 am

    Lena, No bother! My yoga practice varies. Sometimes, I’ll do it 6 days a week, and other weeks, I may only practice twice. So, yes, I think 3 times a week for 30 minutes each would be great. Just do as much as you feel like doing and ENJOY. Love, Heather

  16. December 10, 2009 9:12 am recently sent me a sample of their flour to try–it was amazing. Never thought that Almond flour can taste so good. I made muffins and they were gobbled up in minutes.

  17. December 10, 2009 9:17 am

    I need to get on that stat! Thanks Heabers πŸ™‚

  18. December 10, 2009 9:21 am

    Thanks for the link Elena. Will go check it out.

  19. December 10, 2009 9:21 am

    I’ve never seen this – I just use regular flour or sometimes brown rice – I experiment πŸ™‚ . How does the Almond flour differ?
    Yum! Turkey loaf! I picked up ground turkey the other day and have two meatloaf recipes to try out.
    Oh and Lena I know this question wasn’t for me ! – but yes any little bit is good…I’m doing a course and don’t even have a daily practice…most days all I have time for is 5 mins of stretching or ‘mind-stuff’. Oye.

  20. Becca permalink
    December 10, 2009 9:34 am

    Everything looks so delicious!
    Heather, you must be some kind of foodie-genius. πŸ™‚
    Are you going to share the recipe for that brownie, or do we all have to sit here drooling over our keyboards?

  21. December 10, 2009 9:38 am

    EatMoveLove, The almond flour is made from nothing but almonds. Therefore, it’s low in carbs, high in protein, and gluten free. You can read more about it here: I’m loving it myself!

  22. December 10, 2009 9:41 am

    Becca, I’ve gotten several request for the chocolate bread, and will try and post the recipe this afternoon. If not, check back tomorrow. Tomorrow for sure. πŸ™‚

  23. December 10, 2009 9:46 am

    OH my GOSH I love that you posted this today..I am on a low GI program right now….I HAVE used almond flour but just grind it myself. It’s GREAT.

    I also have been playing with coconut flour (btw you mentioned using it for pancakes and I have been trying to make some but they are not turning out good…can you tell me what you do?)

    I also have millet flour, and garbanzo bean flour that I just used to make crackers.

    LOVING not using white or wheat flour !!!

  24. December 10, 2009 9:49 am

    They had to use kabocha squash last night on Top Chef and I totally thought of you!

  25. December 10, 2009 9:53 am

    Cindy, I have yet to try chickpea flour, but it’s on my list.

    Made THE MOST amazing pancakes this week with coconut flour. Will post soon. Ingredients:

    1/2 cup carton egg white + 4 regular egg whites whipped with hand mixer until white and foamy 30 grams rice protein powder 2 TBSP coconut flour 1/8 tsp baking soda 1/8 tsp baking powder Water

    I simply whisked together the carton egg whites, protein powder, coconut flour, baking soda and powder with a fork. I added just a little water, maybe 1/4 to 1/3 cup to thin. I then folded in the the egg whites and cooked the pancakes in a non-stick skillet with a little oil. Oh my gosh, this recipe made 13 cakes. Topped with Earth Balance, tahini, maple syrup, and cinnamon. I was in pancake heaven!

  26. December 10, 2009 9:53 am

    Deirdre, I heard. So sad I missed it!

  27. December 10, 2009 10:08 am

    I love the holiday pizza idea. The crust looks so good!

  28. December 10, 2009 10:09 am

    wow! those all look GREAT! i’m especially eyeing the chocolate nut seed bread and the pizza! do share πŸ™‚
    i need to have another HEAB recipe baking weekend!

  29. December 10, 2009 10:19 am

    Heather, I love this post and I love Elana! She has such an eye for the simple and fantastic! I have to agree that almond flour and coconut flour are absolutely wonderful!

    Chickpea flour is a staple in our household as well (I saw it was mentioned earlier) and is very versatile. I make farinata (baked flat bread) from it very often and it’s delicious πŸ™‚

  30. Lena permalink
    December 10, 2009 10:22 am

    cool! Thanks for your help Heather! πŸ™‚

  31. December 10, 2009 10:31 am

    I’ve been reading Elana’s blog and it makes me want to buy Almond flour so badly! But my boyfriend doesn’t like nuts so I usually don’t make anything with them 😦

    I guess that means more pizza/desserts for me!

  32. December 10, 2009 10:39 am

    i think I just need to move in with you, so you can make me all these wonderful things from products I dont even know where to buy..almond flour? its daunting just thinking about it πŸ™‚ im sure there is room and CD wont mind one bit LOL..

    great looking eats love! espesh the pizza which is my fav food!


  33. December 10, 2009 10:41 am

    you eat protein ice cream emptynutjar?!
    i’ve never tried it. i like the breyers naturals though and the coconut milk ice creams are okay -real stuff. but everyone is different. interesting how you’ve made comments about my stuff before and yet it’s fine for you to experiment?! haha – see it’s normal noone judges. trying one thing doesn’t mean that’s all you have.

  34. December 10, 2009 10:48 am

    That is not what I meant eatmovelove. That is why the comment should be deleted. I tried protein powder once before and it sent me into stomach distress, so I have to stick to REAL food only.
    I dont do any of the whey protein powders before either.
    What i MEANT to say was that i sometimes use BROWN RICE FLOUR in cookies…and that I also add and USE a lot of STEVIA…
    but eatmovelove…if you have a suggestion for something let me know…I cannot do the protein powders, not for me…real food works best…

    and comment on your food ?? I think you mixed me up with someone else ????
    Its too bad people put down your food choices, that is just wrong.

  35. December 10, 2009 10:53 am

    I haven’t tried it yet but after seeing all the great things you created I’m thinking I should ASAP. That pizza looks amazing.

  36. December 10, 2009 11:00 am

    YUM! I would love the recipe for the chocolate seed bread!

  37. December 10, 2009 11:03 am

    I love almond flour! One thing I often do with it: I will marinate chicken breasts in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, and then coat them in almond meal flour and bake. Very yummy!

    The pizza looks so yummy!

  38. December 10, 2009 11:07 am

    Oh yum! Id love that brownie recipe. It looks great. I just started playing around with almond flour and this book seems like the perfect way to get started. Thanks so much for sharing that. I think the pizza looks amazing. Its one of my favorite foods but i dont eat it that often. This version just looks incredible though! Thank you so much!

  39. December 10, 2009 11:32 am

    I did see the almond flour in the super market, but haven’t really try it out πŸ˜€ seems like we can use it as normal flour! I guess that pizza taste amazing…with all the roasted almond flavor πŸ˜€ I need to try it out as a almond fanatic.

  40. Shirley@gfe permalink
    December 10, 2009 11:38 am

    Hi Heather!–Absolutely, your recipe will work for the Holiday Food Fest! Come link up at the Holiday Food Fest post. All are welcome to join in with their holiday dishes. You have an awesome giveaway, Heather, and so do we. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks so much for the shout out! Hugs,

  41. Christina (in Ohio) :) permalink
    December 10, 2009 11:41 am

    YAY!!!! I’m so glad that you’ve tried some recipes and love it as much as we do!!! I made my dad the coffee cake for his birthday as a birthday cake and it was a hit – my parents said they never would have known it was not full of gluten πŸ™‚

    Hugs to you and CD! I think Scott already requested the bread recipe – can’t wait to try that! YUM!!!


  42. December 10, 2009 11:54 am

    I would love the recipe – I’ve recently developed some …uh… tummy problems 😦 and am now gluten and dairy free. Those recipes would definitely help!

  43. December 10, 2009 11:58 am

    I’ve never tried almond flour but I sure love almonds! That pizza looks awesome and I love the addition of shrimp to anything!

  44. Shirley@gfe permalink
    December 10, 2009 11:59 am

    Forgot to say thanks for the gluten-free love and the phenomenal recipes, too! They will be much appreciated by all of us who are gluten free and everyone else because they will taste so great. Honeyville’s blanched almond flour is amazing. Nothing else that I’ve tried compares to it. Elana’s cookbook is wonderful, too. She shares some great, simple recipes in it. πŸ™‚

    Thanks again, Heather!

    Shirley @ gfe

  45. December 10, 2009 12:14 pm

    I have been eyeing that book and based on all the yummy recipes that you have here I think I should get it. Thank you.

    Just wondering… does the book have a lot of vegetarian dishes?

  46. Megan permalink
    December 10, 2009 12:19 pm

    Had to jump on the bandwagon and tell you I totally thought of you when I saw the kobucha on Top Chef last night!!

  47. Katie permalink
    December 10, 2009 12:21 pm

    I use coconut flour in my pancakes – THANKS TO YOU!

    I tried it and I LOVE IT!

    I would love to chat a bit about your weight loss, I am really motivated by your blog – very motivating!!!

    New music, fitness and food –

  48. December 10, 2009 12:22 pm

    Hello Miss Heather!

    I just started my blog and as I have mentioned, am thrilled to have come across your blog.
    (Your pizza looks awesome, btw– do you ever use raw goat’s cheese vs. parm?)

    I just wrote an entry about peanut butter and how almond butter is a better alternative. I would be so grateful if you would share one of your fabulous almond recipes. I am not an almond expert, as you are, and would love your input!

    Thanks so much!!

  49. December 10, 2009 12:54 pm

    Lauren, I have tried raw goat cheese, and although it was tasty, I try and avoid all dairy.

  50. December 10, 2009 12:58 pm

    Thanks Katie, Email me anytime. πŸ™‚

  51. December 10, 2009 12:59 pm

    Wow! This post was full of goodies. I can’t wait to check out those recipes. I am going to look into the almond flour. I love the idea. Thank You!

  52. December 10, 2009 12:59 pm

    Sarah, Here is the recipe: Sorry about the tummy issues!

  53. December 10, 2009 1:00 pm

    Hey Chrysta, Here is the recipe: Enjoy!

  54. December 10, 2009 1:01 pm

    Becky, Here is the recipe: Hope you like it!

  55. December 10, 2009 1:48 pm

    I’ve had fun using the leftover almond meal from making almond milk, but maybe I should let it accumulate into a nice big quantity so I can make something fun like a pizza crust! That cookbook sounds very inspiring, almond-wise. It must put you in your element. πŸ˜‰

  56. December 10, 2009 1:53 pm

    Almond flour! Crazy…I’ve never heard of it either. I do love the look of your pizza though – it’s gorgeous! Very festive. πŸ™‚

  57. December 10, 2009 3:04 pm

    I’ve never heard of almond flour. I will have to remember to pick some up to make some yummy GF treats for my husband who has celiac. The pizza crust looks great!! πŸ™‚

  58. December 10, 2009 3:21 pm

    Em, Before you buy any almond flour, the author of the cookbook recommends * blanched* almond flour and mentions that many store bought brands do not work, including Bob’s Red Mill – it’s too course. You can order the blanched stuff online here: It’s great stuff. I think you would love it!

  59. December 10, 2009 3:57 pm

    I love almond flour, I follow Elanas blog and am desperate for a copy of her book you lucky lady! MY favorite recipe using almond flour are Elanas dark chocolate cookies you so gotta give them a try so good! x x

  60. December 10, 2009 4:06 pm

    I love me some pizza!

  61. December 10, 2009 4:31 pm

    That pizza looks awesome! I just tried one of Elana’s recipes for coconut flour, and I can’t wait to try some almond flour recipes too!

  62. December 10, 2009 4:36 pm

    Almond flour is a STAPLE in my kitchen! Everything from my raw vegan apple crumble crust (combine almonds/oats or their pre-ground flours) to my Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookies that I just blogged about. Or in any of my Banana & Pumpkin Breads that are vegan.

    Because I’m Gluten Free, everything has to be GF that I cook with…and some people think spelt flours are GF, but they’re not. So, almond, oat, cashew flours…all are key around here!

    Your food looks wonderful as usual, Heather!


  63. December 10, 2009 4:38 pm

    p.s. pretty much anything you use wheat flour for, you can use almond flour for. The ratios may be a little different but if you have any questions or need recipes, I’d love to help in addition to the recipes that I already have posted. πŸ™‚

  64. December 10, 2009 4:44 pm

    The only thing I’ve used almond flour in is cupcakes. The almond provides some oil so I can use less in my dessert.

    You’re pizza crust looks so good! Can you share the recipe? I’d love to give it a try.

  65. Jenny R. permalink
    December 10, 2009 4:44 pm

    looks so good…I just got a craving for something cakey breadish after seeing that seed bread. I want to make it now now now…I wonder if guar gum will work?? Its all I got lol

  66. The Pancake Girl permalink
    December 10, 2009 4:55 pm

    That pizza looks super yummy!

    Oh I adore Earth Balance.. such a wonderful discovery!

  67. December 10, 2009 5:07 pm

    Thanks Averie! Might be calling on you for some almond flour advice. -H.

  68. December 10, 2009 5:08 pm

    Jenny, Not sure, but I would think so. You should experiment. πŸ™‚

  69. gina permalink
    December 10, 2009 5:15 pm

    Hi Heather
    I have been reading for about 2 weeks now and like you! You sound like you know some stuff about nutrition. I have a question. I love fish. I frequently eat salmon 3-4 nights in a consecutive row. Do you have any thoughts on this?

  70. merittothecarrot permalink
    December 10, 2009 5:20 pm

    Now I have the urge to go buy a big back of almond flour!
    By the way, that pizza looks EXCEPTIONAL!

  71. December 10, 2009 5:23 pm

    Gelareh, Flipping through the cookbook right now. Most of the entrees are meat based with a few vegetarian ones thrown in the mix: Black Bean Burgers, Quiche, Spinach Sun-Dried Tomato Tart, etc. There are also a lot of breads, crackers, and desserts. I think Elana’s cookbook is definitely worth checking out b/c you could always sub beans or tofu/tempeh for the meat in the entree recipes.

  72. December 10, 2009 5:29 pm

    Gina, I don’t think there is anything wrong with salmon 3 to 4 nights a week. Are you concerned about the mercury levels? Personally, I stick with wild Alaskan salmon, and I also supplement my diet with fish oil supplements. Most people get too much Omega 6’s in their diet, and I like to make sure I’m getting plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids.

  73. December 10, 2009 6:39 pm

    We love almond flour too! It does great as pie crust! Glad you are enjoying it πŸ™‚

  74. December 10, 2009 7:33 pm

    Almond flour is awesome! Everything you made looks so delicious =D.

  75. Cherie permalink
    December 10, 2009 8:39 pm

    Wow….I can’t wait to try all these great recipes and some of the other info posted too!! Must say, it was kind of weird (and exciting) to see my recipe among them! I hope everyone that tries to make the chocolate nut bread will post what they thought of it and any changes they make. Thanks Heather!

  76. December 10, 2009 8:57 pm

    mmmm quinoa with almond butter – what a great idea!

  77. December 10, 2009 10:31 pm

    mmm my pizza looks like yours but is chock full of gluten, and has chicken on it…and no red peppers. K, it’s totally different, but yours looks amazing

  78. December 10, 2009 10:52 pm

    Curious! I’ve heard of it, but I always thought that almond flour is just plain ground almonds…can you make it yourself, do you think?

  79. Jennifer R. permalink
    December 10, 2009 11:03 pm

    I’ve got the same cookbook and same bag of almond flour πŸ™‚ Love Elana’s blog too!
    You should also check out The Spunky Coconut blog — Kelly’s recipes are all gluten free, casein free and refined sugar free. I have her cookbook too.
    have a wonderful weekend!

  80. December 11, 2009 5:12 am

    I’ve cooked with almond meal before, and quite like it, but have never been able to locate almond flour. Stupid Australian grocery stores. That said, I picked up some buckwheat flour the other day which I’m keen to experiment with soon.

    Your holiday pizza looks delicious! Yummo!

  81. December 11, 2009 7:48 am

    Burp, You can, but the author of the cookbook recommends using blanched almond flour which is different from homemade almond meal. Elana even says that Bob’s Red Mill almond flour is too course for all of her recipes and recommends ordering the blanched flour online.

  82. December 11, 2009 7:49 am

    Thanks Jennifer. I’ll check out The Spunk Coconut Blog.

  83. December 11, 2009 7:59 am

    I absolutely love that pizza! I want to try that combination now…. So So festive! πŸ˜€

  84. December 11, 2009 8:11 am

    I love adding new cookbooks to my collection–I don’t have a gluten-free one yet. Thanks for sharing!!

  85. December 11, 2009 8:52 am

    Almond flour seems really intriguing! Heather, your gluten-free creations look so scrumptious. Thank you for sharing the seed bread recipe; I will have to try it sometime!

  86. December 11, 2009 8:02 pm

    heab! this looks awesome! ive never had specific almond flour bc i’ve always just used my almond pulp from my homemade milk, but i bet real flour makes a big difference! (mind always tend to turn into a kitchen adventure of some sort ;p ) i finally found out my celiac is negative, but i do have a wheat/gluten sensitivity so i will keep a look out for this!!! have a wonderful day!

  87. December 11, 2009 10:55 pm

    Faith, Oh my gosh, just made the carrot cake tonight from that almond flour cookbook with the blanched almond flour. SO.GOOD.

  88. December 16, 2009 8:57 am

    I’m so glad you like my sister and brother-in-law’s gift! They’re very excited that you’re using it! It has been a difficult task for my sister to switch and AVOID all things gluten… but this has helped!! We had a cake for our dad’s birthday made out of almond flour and it was FANTASTIC (Christina made it).

  89. December 16, 2009 9:37 am

    Hey Annie, Thanks for reading. I love Scott and Christina…and almond flour! πŸ™‚

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