You have almond flour. It's sitting in the back of your pantry. It may have dust on it!? You bought it for that recipe you made a few months ago - ya know, when you were super-duper gung-ho on your gluten-free / paleo / Whole30 / healthy-mama-and-family kick? Now what?
Guys, almond flour is not an ingredient that should come with buyer's remorse. It's SO versatile! Full of plant protein, healthy unsaturated fats, and heart-and-body-loving fiber, it should be allowed into the spotlight of your food prep just a bit more. ;-)
Almond flour can bring added nutrition and goodness in many ways:
- Healthy baking - it's the perfect alternative to regular bleached or whole wheat flour for those with food sensitivities and those just looking to step up their health game.
- Thickening agent - add slowly into soup, stews, dips, sauces, and even hummus if you need a slightly thicker or more dense consistency.
- "Protein powder" - throw into smoothies, healthy fudge, in yogurt, oatmeal, energy balls, sauce…anywhere you may need a little boost in protein.
- "Breading" - Mix with some spices and herbs for a quick and easy replacement for breading. Make your own mozzarella sticks, breaded and baked chicken, or zucchini fries by dipping the food in egg first and then in the almond flour/herb mixture. Yum! This is the perfect appetizer swap (hmm….SuperBowl, anyone?).
So, will you dust off that bag of almond flour (or just go ahead and buy it already)?!?! What do you like to make with this powdered beauty?
I'd love to hear from you if there are any other ingredients that haven't been in your meal prep rotation in a while….or any products/ingredients you've been wanting to purchase, but just can't justify since you don't know what to do with it after that. ONE. recipe. Let me know! Maybe I'll feature it in an upcoming post. ;-)
Make it an awesome, almond-y day!