Keto Friendly Almond Flour Recipes

Craving Cake Consistently? Almond Flour Will Cure What Ails You!

Almond flour turns junk food into good food with health benefits.

Almond Flour

Sometimes I get so excited about something that I just can’t stop talking it! I’m about to do that right now. Have you heard of almond flour? Blanched almonds are ground into a fine powder that’s sweet, has a nutty flavor, and can be used in any recipe that calls for wheat flour. It’s not to be confused with almond meal, which is courser because it’s made of ground almonds that still have their skin intact.

Almond flour out performs coconut flour, another popular wheat flour alternative. 1/4 cup of almond flour has 11 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, and 3 net carbs while 1/4 cup of coconut flour is 4 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, and 6 net carbs. Almond flour is high in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and magnesium, which makes it a food that can help reduce anxiety. The amount of magnesium in almond flour is enough that it can even potentially improve insulin function. Almond flour is also grain free and gluten free, and available at most grocery stores.

You can also use almond flour to make fried chicken or baked cod, which means you can meal plan rather than rush to keto friendly fast food chains like KFC or Long John Silver’s. Eggplant Parmesan, chicken Parmesan, veal Parmesan, broccoli or cauliflower dusted in breadcrumbs made from almond flour... the list is long because I’m writing this hungry! And I’m only going to salivate more because here comes a whole slew of things you can make with this keto friendly wheat flour alternative.

Almond Flour Pancakes

Pancakes

There's an easy keto almond flour pancake recipe?! If people knew they could have pancakes while doing keto there’d be way more people doing keto! Enjoy them with sugar free maple syrup, nut butter, or cream cheese. I love cream cheese! Cream cheese is keto friendly, as is the lower calorie Neufchâtel cheese. You just need to watch how much cream cheese you eat to maintain your caloric deficit.

Bread

90 second microwave bread? But Keto is a low carb diet! How can there possibly be bread?! Because of almond flour! That’s what happens when your flour is low-carb but high in fat! Eating this bread will actually keep you in ketosis. There are so many sandwiches you can make now! Grilled cheese, turkey, salami, pastrami, etc. ALL OF THE SANDWICHES! It’s like you’re giving up nothing to do the ketogenic diet.

Almond Flour Bagels

Bagels

Bagels?! I am in shock, but it’s true. You can make low carb bagels. Bring on the low-cal cream cheese, the lox, the tomato slice, the onion slice, and the capers; I’m going all in on this meal! Or I can eat it with white fish salad, tuna fish salad, chicken salad, egg salad-- I told you I’m hungry! Don’t even get me started on breakfast sandwiches!

Biscuits

Biscuits?!  Biscuits?! This list will continue to shock me. Any time I stay at a hotel that has a complimentary breakfast, I gorge myself on biscuits and country gravy. It’s a magical combination! Luckily, you can also make a low carb cream gravy. Just remember that caloric deficit! I’m in a weight loss phase right now, so I do 65 minutes of cardio four to five times a week, but not everyone else has that luxury. We can’t all be movie stars like Chris Pratt. That being said, if you need a fitter Jeff Goldblum looking guy feel free to slide into my DMs. “Keto finds a way.”

Almond Flour Cake

Cake

IS THIS EVEN A DIET ANYMORE?! I can count the amount of times I’ve had baked goods or candy since January 1st, 2018 on my two hands. Turns out this whole time I could have been having low carb cake. Not only do you use almond flour, but you also use erythritol as a sugar substitute. Erythritol: it was right there the whole time sweetening Lilly’s Chocolate. How did I not think of that?! I guess it’s because I operate under the, “Out of sight; out of mind philosophy,” whereas others want low-carb versions of their favorite foods. Both ways are acceptable! And it’s certainly tempting to me knowing that I can have cinnamon rolls, brownies, pound cake, cookies, or any other type of baked good while doing the ketogenic diet.

Crust

“Pizza, cheese cake, and quiche: oh my!” That’s what Dorothy, The Thick Man, and the Carb Crow say before meeting the Carb Loading Lion in my musical The Wonderful Wizard of Low Fat. It’s about a wizard who deceives people into thinking that a low fat diet is the best way to lose weight. Everyone in the town is always carb loading, so each member of Dorothy’s crew looks like a Botero painting! They go on a journey together to discover that you can be happy and healthy at any size, and that low carb diets can help you achieve your health and weight loss goals. When the Carb Crow sings, “If I could only have some carbs,” Dorothy tells him all about keto, and how you can make keto friendly pizza crust, cheesecake, and quiche crusts using almond flour. The Carb Loading Lion is at risk for heart disease because he has high cholesterol, so he’s really excited about what the ketogenic diet can do for him.

 Almond Flour Cutlets

This is what I’m talking about! There are so many recipes that are just protein dipped into a mixture of egg and breadcrumbs that were previously off limits. No more! Thanks to almond flour, you can have baked fish, fried chicken, and I can even make my Russian grandmother’s recipe for chicken cutlets. Those cutlets...

 

When I was a little boy, I used to make sandwiches with my grandmother’s cutlets using Thomas’s English Muffins, Kraft Singles, ketchup, and mayonnaise, with tomatoes and cucumbers on the side. I was a husky fourth grader wearing sweatpants to school, and when I finally switched to jeans I was buying them from the husky section. No numbers at that point; just a catchall term! As I grew up and discovered dieting and fitness, I was still able to fit into those same pants. A point of shame became a point of pride!

 

Now I’m older and have a healthier relationship with my body and diet. I wear the pants of a grown ass man and I make the eating decisions of a grown ass man too. That means appropriate portion sizes and keeping macronutrients in mind. Now, with these almond flour recipes, I can finally work on having a healthy relationship with desserts, pizza, bread, etc. The question is: do I trust myself enough to do that or will I continue to more or less abstain indefinitely from everything almond flour offers me out of fear of overeating? Only time will tell!