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How do I bake with almond flour? How does it taste? And are ground almonds the same? We explain how you can best use the cereal flour substitute and to what extent the flour is suitable for gluten-free baking.

Baking with almond flour: this is how it works

Baking with almond flour - you've probably heard this catchphrase before. The term often appears in baking guides, especially in connection with gluten-free recipes or low-carb diets. The light powder is easy to confuse with the commercially available ground almonds that are used, for example, for Christmas cookies. The two products are very different from each other.

Almond flour is made from the residual product that results from pressing unroasted almonds. The oil that emerges is collected, what remains is a "press cake", a heavily de-oiled almond paste. When this is finely ground, you get almond flour.

Ground almonds are, as the name suggests, just finely chopped kernels. They still have their full fat content and much less fiber than the flour made from the pressed almond mass.

Almond flour only tastes slightly like marzipan and is therefore well suited for baking cakes, muffins, pancakes & Co. The aroma is not too intrusive and can be easily combined with other flavors.

Baking with almond flour for your low carb diet

As part of a low-carb diet, baking with almond flour is a great way to save carbohydrates. It contains only a fraction of the carbohydrates found in wheat products. But: Simply pulling out a conventional recipe from mom's baking book and replacing the wheat with almond flour will not work. Since the product does not contain gluten, a dough made from pure almond flour will not stick together and you will get a very crumbly, if not even hard, baked product after baking. However, you can safely replace 10 to 20 percent of the cereal flour specified in the recipe with alternative products, as is the case, for example, with our recipe for muffins with blueberries or our low-carb cake recipe.

When baking with almond flour, you should also make sure to increase the amount of liquid (add a few more spoons of milk or an extra egg). It binds much more strongly than cereal products. Find out more about the different types of flour in our recipes with flour.

Baking with almond flour: suitable for people with gluten intolerance?

Those with celiac disease are actually not allowed to consume a gram of foods containing gluten. As described above, cakes made from pure almond flour don't turn out well. A little research and experimentation are required here: with a mixture of different gluten-free products, as a substitute for wheat or rye flour, you can prepare just as delicious pastries as with conventional ingredients. Our recipe for chocolate tarts provides inspiration: It already contains gluten-free buckwheat flour. Replace the remaining part of wheat flour with alternative products, for example. Discover our baking recipes with buckwheat flour.

When baking without gluten, it is also important that you also bind your dough with certain foods. This can be gluten-free starch made from guaran or potato flour.

For more information and inspiration, also read our article on Clean Baking.

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