I have been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for several months now, in an effort to heal small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and see if it has an effect on my eczema. On this diet, you start out with no carbohydrates (except for well-cooked carrots, apple cider, and grape juice) then slowly progress, one item at a time, to expand to vegetables, fruit, nut milks, nut butters, and then to my delight – nut meals/flours. I was so thrilled that I could start doing some baking again, and almond flour was the first that I could try. I scoured the internet for simple grain free almond flour recipes, and these are my favourites. I have gotten to know these recipes very well – and I use them frequently.
I have to say that not all almond flour is created equal. I got my first batch of it from Bulk Barn, but when I made muffins with it, it was grainy and my daughter did NOT like the texture. Same with the brand that I got from Costco. I think the difference is how finely they are ground – the coarser ones are okay for pizza crust, but you really notice the grainy texture in muffins and buns. Now I use either Bob’s Red Mill or Now Foods for all 3 recipes and my daughter loves them too.
1. Almond Flour Muffins
I tripled this recipe from trim healthy mama, and substituted honey for Truvia (honey is the only sweetener permitted on the SCD), and add in whatever I can – my favourites are raisins or blueberries. Here’s what the recipe looks like the way I do it:
- 6 eggs
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 cups almond flour (I use either Bob’s Red Mill or Now Foods)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Mix the wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients. Add any extras you like – fruit nuts, etc. (I don’t measure specifically each time, but probably add around 1 cup.) Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes (I found that it took longer to be fully done in my oven – and if there’s “wet” fruit, I do 24 minutes). Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
2. Almond Buns
This recipe from CaveMan Keto is also surprisingly easy with just 4 ingredients. I did purchase a Muffin Top Pan to make these (and I am not crazy about the non-stick coating, but it’s hard to find a muffin-top pan in a non-toxic finish! I just found this Silicone Mini Disc Mold and have ordered it as a better alternative to the toxic non-stick. I’d love to get this Muffin Topper Cast Iron Pan but it sadly doesn’t ship to Canada.) I agree with Keto that the pan really helps to make these perfect sandwich buns.
Note: The recipe calls for butter, which I have used (organic butter, of course), but I have also used coconut oil or ghee which both work just as well. Just know that the bun’s flavour will be different depending on which oil you choose.
3. Almond Flour Pizza Crust
Pizza!!! We love us some good pizza, so I was thrilled to try this recipe from Ditch the Wheat. I have done the cauliflower crust pizza before, which my husband and I both found to be quite tasty, but it is quite labour-intensive and my kid wouldn’t touch it. This pizza is much closer to regular ol’ wheat dough – and you can pick up the pizza and it won’t fall apart! Score! The recipe is super easy – just 4 ingredients – and it’s really quick to make and roll out.
Note: This is definitely the one recipe where the texture of the almond flour is the least noticeable – so if you try a flour that seems too grainy – save it for pizza crust to use it up!
What are some of your favourite grain-free recipes?
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