Almond Flour Basics
Dessert can be quite a challenge for low-carbers. Firstly, there's the sugar issue, but happily, a selection of artificial sweeteners is available. However, once you have decided on the sweetener you want to use, the next most difficult ingredient to substitute is flour -- and this is not such an easy choice.
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Almond Flour Apricot and Almond Cream Cake
This recipe is based on a traditional British cake called a Victoria Sandwich Cake. Victoria Sandwich Cake is a plain, or yellow, cake which is baked in two pans and then sandwiched together with whipped cream and strawberry jam. This is my version for low-carbers, which is made with canned apricots instead of jam and ground almonds instead of flour. I challenge any non low-carber to realize that it isn't a regular cake!
Per serving (one slice): 6.2g carbohydrates; 2.4g fiber; 7.3g protein; 34.7g fat; 355 calories
Almond Flour Pancakes
If you're a low-carber, it is always a challenge to find a good recipe for pancakes, and there are many of them. This is my favorite recipe, using, of course, ground almonds (almond flour). They turn out very much like the American pancakes that I remember enjoying so much during my time living in the US, and can be served with any toppings you wish, just like regular pancakes. Blueberries, cream, lemon juice and a sprinkling of Splenda as a sweet topping is delicious, but they are also lovely when buttered and served with crispy bacon! This recipe makes approximately four pancakes.
Per serving (one pancake) using 1 cup of cream: 8.75g carbohydrates; 4.25g fiber; 10.25g protein; 41g fat; 426.75 calories
You can also see a savory recipe of mine Pepperoni Pizza Pie -- which uses almond flour! I hope you enjoy these recipes and also that you will find experimentation with almond flour helpful as part of your low-carb lifestyle.