16 November, 2014
A Better Alternative To Almond Flour
If you’re allergic to nuts, you probably want an alternative to almond flour for baking recipes. A better alternative to almond flour is to use coconut flour. Coconut is a drupe, not a nut and is therefore makes a good alternative to almond flour for people who are have nut allergies. Coconut flour and almond flour also have a similar texture, which makes it a good substitute in a recipe. Another good thing about coconut flour as an alternative to almond flour is that it’s lower in Inflamatory PUFAS (Omegy 6 fatty acids, which you need to control your intake of). Additionally, almond flour is high in cyanogenic glycosides, which has a negative effect on the body.
It’s my view that most of this sort of food science is questionable. I mean, our science is only 50 years old or so. We mock science before that, and those scientists mocked the science 50 years before that. How much of food science is inaccurate or is based on research or published works sponsored by food industries with an invested interest in a particular result? Neither are especially good for you, how many times have you eaten flour based products and felt amazing afterwards? That’s right, never! 🙂 Flour is flour and it’s used to bake treats or as a thickener in sauces; it’s not a health food.
So coconut flour is a good alternative to almond flour, but it will not produce similar results in your cooking. So what’s the best alternative to almond flour? The answer is mixing coconut flour with tapioca flour! You’ll need about 50-50 of each, with slightly more coconut flour than tapioca flour to make the resultant flour act like almond flour.