Almond Flour Brownies

Ok super quick post about Almond Flour. They make delicious brownies. I need to to by some almond flour so I can make these (and lots of other things)

Almond Flour Brownies

Almond meal, almond flour or ground almond is made from ground sweet almonds. Almond flour is usually made with blanched almonds (no skin), whereas almond meal can be made both with whole or blanched almonds. The consistency is more like corn meal than wheat flour. Almond meal has recently become important in baking items for those on low carbohydrate diets. It adds moistness and a rich nutty taste to baked goods. Items baked with almond meal tend to be calorie-dense. Lots of gluten free bakeries use almond flour in their brownies and cakes because it is gluten free and does give it a nice nutty taste. 

Ingredients

(Makes 1 8 x 8 pan):

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules(optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 7oz semisweet or bittersweet baking chocolate, divided OR 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix together the almond flour, salt, cocoa powder, and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt together 4 ounces of chocolate or a scant 1/2 cup chocolate chips with the vegan butter.
  4. White the chocolate is melting, beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and coffee granules if using.
  5. Slowly pour the melted chocolate and butter into the egg/sugar mixture while whisking until fully incorporated. Don’t go too fast so that the raw eggs don’t cook upon contact.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture in with the dry ingredients and mix completely.
  7. Pour the batter in an 8 x 8 pan.
  8. Sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate and gently press it into the batter.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Let these cool completely before cutting in. YOU NEED TO LET THE BROWNIES COOL COMPLETELY.

Ok. Almond flour! GO GET SOME! It’s good for you! :) YAY!

Personal Almond Cake

A while back I was watching the cooking channel and while the name of the program I was watching escapes me, what stayed with me was the one chefs who made a quick chocolate cake in 30 seconds using a microwave and a cream whipper. Now while this was fascinating and the cake looked incredible, I don’t have a cream whipper. I wish I did (they’re great) but I don’t. So that got me thinking. How do you make a quick cake without a cream whipper? A little gluten free flour, an egg, some sugar, a little bit of flavor and a microwave.

Personal Almond Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon almond flour
  • 2 tablespoon all natural almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. In a small bowl beat the egg with sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the almond butter and pure vanilla extract.
  3. Thoroughly mix in almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Spray a ramekin dish, small bowl, or even your favorite coffee mug with non-stick vegetable spray.
  5. Pour the batter slowly into your dish of choice and microwave on high for 30 seconds. (Do not over microwave!)
  6. Take out of the microwave and let stand for 2 minutes.

You may have to make more than one because it’d going to be hard to share this little gem. :)

ENJOY!