Are you following a keto, low carb or paelo diet? Or simply trying to reduce your simple carb intake? Using flour alternatives, like almond flour/meal, instead of white flour is a great way to add more protein and less carbs to your tasty treats. Plus, they add a slight nut flavor to your baked goods.
Almond flour versus Almond meal: What is the difference?
Both are, simply, ground up almonds. Almond flour is generally made from blanched almonds, making is very pale in color. Almond meal is generally made up of whole almonds, with the skins on, making it a slight brown color. Almond meal has a slightly coarser texture.
Can you use either almond flour or almond meal in baking recipes?
Almond flour is one of the primary ingredient in french macaroons due its super fine texture and pale color. Almond meal is primary used in baking due to its texture. Feel free to use either in this cookie recipe. (I used almond flour in this recipe, making the cookies a pale color.)
Can you replace white flour with almond flour or almond meal? 1 to 1?
In most cases, yes. Almond flour and meal contain more fat and protein versus white gluten flour. The texture may vary. Bake and adjust as needed. Keep in mind almond flour and meal are more costly versus white flour. Plus, they contain more fat which will add more flavor and nutty aroma to your baked goods.
2 Bowl Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields: 14-16 small cookies
Oven: 375 degrees F
Time: 9 minutes
Equipment needed: 2 medium mixing bowl; Measuring cups and spoons; Chefs knife; Parchment lined baking tray; cookie scoop; Spatula; whisk
2 tablespoons veg oil (or another neutral oil)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1 whole egg
2 cups almond flour or meal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped (I like 'em chopped so every cookie has lots of little bits of chocolate! If you want to leave 'em whole, go ahead.)
In one bowl, whisk together until blended
In second bowl, whisk together:
Add 1/2 cup chopped chocolate chips. Stir until uniform
Scoop onto parchment lined baking tray
Bake for 9 minutes. Cool. Eat
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