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Ause of its consistency it does not work in these recipesWhenever possible purchase your almond flour from a vendor that refrigerates it The product will be of higher uality because the fats are less likely to have gone rancid and therefore it will keep for a longer period of time Almond flour can be stored in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator or freezer for several monthsSaltI use Celtic Sea Salt in all of my recipes and highly recommend it Be sure to purchase the finely ground Celtic Sea Salt as it is optimal for baking it mixes into cookies and other baked goods uite evenlyI store my salt in a large glass jar in the pantry where it keeps indefinitely and reuires no cold storage I also keep a small bowl of salt on the counter next to my measuring spoons so I have some ready when Im cooking up a uick batch of cookies or other treatsAgave NectarSweetness is the first taste we experience in life the primal taste of infancy we all need some form of sweetness in our lives For several years I researched delicious healthy alternatives to sugar that held up well in the baking process yet did not substantially raise glycemic index values Because celiac and diabetes ride on the same gene increasing the fre uency of one disease when the other occursI have found it helpful as some one with celiac disease to monitor my intake of sweets I do not believe that such diseases suddenly appear I think they take years to develop and that anything we can do to lower our chances of incurring them is beneficialFor this reason I have included a sweetness indicator in many of these recipes It will let you know which recipes to use when you are in the mood for a slightly sweet treat or adecadent dessert Recipes that do not have asignificantamount of sweetener do not have a sweetness indicatorAgave the nectar of the agave plant a golden liuid readily available at health food stores has become my go to sweetener It is much lower on the glycemic index than other sweeteners Glycemic IndexIn all of my recipes I use USDA certified organic light agave nectar As opposed to dark or amber light agave has aneutral flavor and resembles sugar most closely in taste when added to baked goodsMany people ask why I dont use honey as a sweetener in my recipes I choose agave nectar because I consider honey a flavor not a sweetener and I tend to use it for medicinal purposes rather than as an ingredient in my bakingI purchase agave nectar by the gallon because it dramatically cuts the cost If you buy yours this way be sure to also purchase a pump for the gallon size container Whatever you do because of the expense avoid buying small containers of agave Grapeseed OilLets face it food needs fat to taste good oils impart rich flavor and texture Grapeseed is my oil of choice Why Grapeseed oil is the ideal replacement for butter in baked goods making it optimal for those on a dairy free diet It is also low in cholesterol and has a neutral flavorI purchase my oils including grapeseed in glass containers because plastic contains endocrine disrupting chemicals that are exacerbated when they come into contact with oilCoconut OilI use coconut oil to lend a tropical flavor to certain baked goods At colder temperatures coconut oil is solid and reuires melting before it can be used in recipes When heated it can scorch very easily so be sure to heat it at a very low temperature During the summer months it will be in aliuid state and will not reuire melting Purchase only food grade coconut oil in glass jars and make sure it is unrefined and not hydrogenated High uality coconut oil will have a slightly sweet smell coconut flavor and no aftertasteVanilla extractI use a high uality pure organic gluten free vanilla extract manufactured by Flavorganics I purchase the eight ounce size the largest sold retail to reduce costs and minimize my consumption of glassChocolateChocolate is reputedly an aphrodisiac In addition studies show that chocolate is a potent antioxidant that can reduce blood pressure and raise good cholesterol These benefits are derived from eating dark chocolate not milk or white chocolateI bake with Dagoba organic unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate bars or chocodrops because Dagoba is organic and dark chocolate has a much higher cocoa content and less sugar than semisweet or milk chocolate The chocodrops are disks that are similar to chocolate chips just a bit larger and flatter If you want to use a bar of chocolate just chop it into chunks and then measure it in a cup If you are weighing the chocolate one cup of chocodrops is eual to approximately six ounces by weight Because the percentages of cocoa butter and powder vary from product to product and brand to brand make sure that the chocolate you use is percent cacao for these recipes Arrowroot Powder Arrowroot is a ubiuitous weed that grows in the southern United States It is a thickener commonly used in Ayurvedic cookingIf you are unfamiliar with arrowroot powder the following basic tips will help When a recipe calls for an arrowroot slurry or paste be sure to combine the arrowroot and water in a small bowl making a smooth mixture without any lumps Generally you will be adding the slurry or paste to a mixture on the stove When doing so it is important to raise the heat to high and mix thoroughly until the arrowroot is well integrated and the mixture on the stove completely thickens Agar FlakesAgar is a vegan thickener made of s

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In European countries where wheat and corn dont dominate agriculture vibrant centuries old traditions make delicious use of almond flour in dishes such as marzipan macaroons and tortes These cultures discovered the secret of almond flour long ago it tastes delicious its easy to use and its a superfood TasteAlmond flour tastes sweet rich and buttery making it somewhat indistinguishable from wheat flour in baked goods and other dishes As opposed to the dry gritty texture of rice flour and other gluten free flours in baked goods almond flour is smooth and has excellent mouth feel Ease of UseAlmond flour is as easy to use as wheat flour and much less tedious than complex gluten free flours which reuire numerous supplemental ingredients such as xanthum gum cornstarch and potato flakes for binding purposes Because it reuires numerous additional ingredients gluten free baking has traditionally been known as a painstaking time consuming task This is not the case with almond flour baking which is actually even uicker and easier than most traditional wheat based recipes that reuire yeast and rising timeSuperfoodAlmond flour is a highly nutritious superfood that is low carb and rich in vitamins minerals and good fats Almond flour is not only the healthiestflour around it is also higher in protein and far richer in nutrients than wheat flour and its gluten free counterparts a serving of almond flour is packed with protein and fiberAlmond flour is not only full of incredible antioxidants and found to be allergenic in only percent of the population it is also an ideal recovery food for cyclists and other athletes Vitamins and Minerals Almond Flour versus Other Flours During the s the medical community began to discover the health benefits of almonds numerous studies now point to increasing almond intake as beneficial for stabilizing blood sugar controlling appetite preventing obesity and providing antioxidants as well as numerous other nutrients Such studies also tout almonds as a heart healthy foodUnlike its high glycemic wheat and rice flour counterparts the high protein content of almond flour makes it an optimal ingredient for stabilizing blood sugar It is thus the ideal fare for diabetics and those who experience difficulty metabolizing sugar which is a common issue among people with celiac disease Recent research indicates that diabetics and those with celiac disease share a similar strand of DNA enhancing the appeal of almond flour as a tool to simultaneously go gluten free while lowering ones glucose intake The recipes in this book use almond flour and low glycemic sweeteners rather than sugar allowing people with food restrictions to enjoy their favorite desserts without worrying about spiking blood sugar levels Because almonds enhance satiety they are an ideal food for those looking to maintain or lose weight Researchers concluded that almonds heart healthy monounsaturated fat helps to satisfy appetite and prevent overeating A study in the Journal of Obesity found that adding a daily ration of almonds to a low calorie diet enhanced weight loss as well as significantly improved risk factors associated with heart disease The American Heart Association has further determined that the good fats in almonds actually lower cholesterol making almonds a star ingredient for patients with heart disease Finally there is no reason for almond flour to be limited to the above populations on special diets Almond flour provides a return to wholesome eating in an era of increasingly processed food proliferating food allergies and health ailments As you will see in the following recipes almond flour is the king of alternative flours The recipes in this book are simple and easy some contain six ingredients or less and can be prepared in well under an hour You do not need to be a chef or even have prior cooking experience to successfully prepare the dishes featured here Though it is crucial that you have the correct ingredients In this chapter youll find information about the ingredients featured in the recipes as well as handling and storing instructions Almond FlourAlmond flour is actually a by product of the process in which almond slices and slivers are produced First the almonds are blanched the skin is removed in a water bath Next they are cut into sliced or diced almonds The fragments and small pieces that result from this process a sort of almond sawdust ultimately become almond flour In the final stage of this process the by product which may be somewhat coarse is put through a screen with tiny holes to ensure smooth flour with a uniformly fine consistencyAlmond flour is not to be confused with almond meal which contains whole ground almonds that still have the skin on them Please noteAlmond meal or almond flour that is not blanched will not work for the recipes in this book you will not achieve the desired results Baking with almond flour is extremely easy There is no yeast or rising time with the baked goods in this cookbook which means instant gratification in your baking endeavorsAlmond flour is available at health food stores and many grocery stores as well It is also widely available on the Internet I recommend purchasing almond flour online as it is generally half the price of the same product in a retail outlet Please noteUnfortunately the almond flour produced by Bobs Red Mill is much coarser than the other brands of almond flour I have tested for this book Bec

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Eaweed similar to gelatin commonly used in Asian cooking When using this thickener it is of utmost importance to bring your mixture to a rolling boil until the agar thoroughly dissolvesFruit SpreadI use Rigoni di Asiago brand fruit spread which is made from organic fruit The fact that these fruit spreads are juice sweetened with no refined sugars adds to their appeal When using jam its extremely important to use an organic product In conventional jams as the fruit concentrates so does the pesticide content This creates an added toxic burden in little jam loving children who weigh less than adultsYacon SyrupYacon is a root composed primarily of water and fructo oligosaccharides FOS these types of short chain sugars have a lower caloric value as they are digested anaerobically and high fiber content I use yacon syrup in recipes that traditionally call for molasses such as gingerbreadAll Purpose Chefs Shake seasoningThis gluten free spice blend produced by Spice Hunter contains onion garlic celery seed marjoram and several other ground spices I use it as a convenient shortcut to add flavor to savory dishes rather than using a laundry list of spicesMagic Line Loaf Pan by by inches This commercial uality heavy duty loaf pan is the perfect size for evenly cooking a loaf of bread made with almond flour In my testing I found that standard size loaf pans did not bake the bread through to the center leaving the middle undercooked This loaf pan is shallow enough that your breads will be cooked throughBanana Blueberry Muffins Makes muffins Sweetness lowWhile I use agave nectar in many recipes fruit alone sweetens these muffins making them the ideal treat for those looking to reduce their glycemic load cups blanched almond flour teaspoon sea salt teaspoons baking soda tablespoons grapeseed oil large eggs cups to mashed very ripe bananas cup frozen blueberries Preheat the oven to F Line muffin cups with paper liners In a large bowl combine the almond flour salt and baking soda In a medium bowl whisk together the grapeseed oil and eggs Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined Stir the bananas into the batter then fold in the blueberries Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cupsBake for to minutes until the muffin tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean Let the muffins cool in the pan for minutes then serveOutstanding gluten free goodies this lovely cookbook full of enticing photos has my mouth watering DeliciousLiving Magazine Blog The need is huge for cookbooks for celiacs on limited diets They will welcome The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook when it arrives Providence Journal Flour Girl Gluten Free Almond Joy Washington PostAmsterdams recipes will carry you through the day with pancakes for breakfast pizza for lunch and uiche for dinner She takes classic recipesand adapts them to almond flour creating plenty of meal options Cookbook DigestWe all need to pay attention to the food we eat all of the time For people with celiac disease this is normally an even greater challenge but not for Elana Her healthful and flavorful recipes taste as good as they are good for you Made with almond flour and high in protein and fiberthese dishes are sure to even please the gluten eaters in your family Alice Bast President and Founder of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness NFCA For many people normal food becomes off limits when they find they have an allergy or condition such as celiac disease To wrestle new limitations into foods that are every bit as delicious and appealing if notso is a coup to be celebrated Having tried the chocolate chip cookies I speak from experience when I say there is nothing lacking in these recipes They are truly wholesome and delicious DEBORAH MADISON Vegetarian Cooking for EveryoneElana has a tremendous gift for creating classic recipes using healthy ingredients Her high protein gluten free treats are incredibly tasty I highly recommend this book if you are looking for good food that is also good for you DR ROBERT ROUNTREE Smart Medicine for a Healthier ChildLocal hero Elana Amsterdam straight out of Boulder offers dozens of wheatless recipes from chicken parmesan to chocolate cake all of which call for gluten free almond flour Enough of the recipes will appeal to gluten eaters to make this collection a great go to resource for blended families and or hosts cooking for gluten intolerant guests Readers with a sweet tooth are especially well served here but savory recipes like salmon burgers round out the roster The Denver Post Causing a STIR Best Cookbooks of In her Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook the ingenious celiac Elana Amsterdam offers another possible approach a sandwich bread made from finely milled almond flour do not use Bob s Red Mill brand and almond butter that is nutty and versatile Amsterdam s recipes are refreshingly simple as the almond flour reduces the need for the expensive and obscure mix of flours other gluten free recipes reuire But the ground nut has other virtues including high amounts of protein and vitamins and low glycemic impact Amsterdam employs it in a range of dishes from shortbread cookies and carrot cake to a savory tart with kale Her snappy herbed crackers which are a welcome change from commercial nut thins and dry rice crisps are eually easy to make and deliciousThe Philadelphia Inuirer Gluten Free But Still Tast