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I got a cookbook from the library on baking gluten-free with almond flour. The author only seems to add one other flour occasionally to her baked goods.

It seems so much simpler, and sounds like a nice idea. It also lowers the GI factor of the foods, causing less of a blood sugar issue. I have found out that not only am I Celiac, but I have reactive hypoglycemia, and have to severly limit simple carbs and sugars. Almond flour sounds like a way to maybe squeeze around this?

How do you all feel about almond flour?

-Megan

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It's the only flour I use for baking things for me to eat-because of blood sugar. I am happy with the texture and flavor of the things that I have tried-mainly muffins and a batch of crackers. And yes, it is much easier in my experience so far.

If you purchase some be aware of cross-contamination. Trader Joes gave me CC glutening symptoms. Another company I contacted said they were gluten-free but when asked more detailed questions about processing, my questions were not satisfactorily answered and quality control failed to return my call. I purchased from this company last time and have had no problems. http://lucyskitchenshop.com/flour.html

This site has some interesting looking things with almond flour. http://www.comfybelly.com/baking_with_almond_four/

and you may have seen this one http://www.elanaspantry.com/recipes/

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Thanks for your reply! I actually was looking at the almond flour because of Elana's cookbook and blog. So you would trust the Lucy's Kitchen flour? I was looking at the Honeyville, seems like a good price. But the last thing I want to do is spend $$ on something cc'd.

Is is super high in calories when you bake with it?

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If you have the time and equipment you could buy almonds and make your own. I bought a 4 lb bag of almonds at Sams and it stated gluten free on the bag. I have made almond meal out of it in my blender and food processer.

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I can't use it because I have an almond allergy. But I know plenty of diabetics that use it for pie crusts and muffins and such.

My daughter and I (also allergic to almonds) recently ate a pie with a crust made with almond flour because I didn't notice it in the ingredients even though I read through them twice. Duh! It was gluten-free though.

I only had a bite of the pie which was a good thing because I tend to react quite badly. Oddly, I didn't have a reaction but she got quite sick to her stomach. She ate a large piece of it. My husband had the rest. He's not allergic. Pity. It was very good!

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I can't use it because I have an almond allergy. But I know plenty of diabetics that use it for pie crusts and muffins and such.

My daughter and I (also allergic to almonds) recently ate a pie with a crust made with almond flour because I didn't notice it in the ingredients even though I read through them twice. Duh! It was gluten-free though.

I only had a bite of the pie which was a good thing because I tend to react quite badly. Oddly, I didn't have a reaction but she got quite sick to her stomach. She ate a large piece of it. My husband had the rest. He's not allergic. Pity. It was very good!

Do you have a recipe for an almond pie crust? I'd like to try that.

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Thanks for your reply! I actually was looking at the almond flour because of Elana's cookbook and blog. So you would trust the Lucy's Kitchen flour? I was looking at the Honeyville, seems like a good price. But the last thing I want to do is spend $$ on something cc'd.

Is is super high in calories when you bake with it?

I actually need the calories! :lol:

According to one source 1/4 c. has 180 calories. I made muffins yesterday-1/2 batch-6 muffins with 1 egg and flax replacer for another egg, some canned pumpkin, 1 1/4 c. almond meal, not fat or oil or other ingredients that added calories just a little erythritol and the calorie calculator online said that they were 162 calories per muffin. The other recipe I use includes quite a bit of Earthbalance so the calorie count is higher I imagine.

Lucy's doesn't process any gluten containing products or ingredients. The other companies that I used or contacted do. There may be other dedicted suppliers out there I just came across Lucy's first and was satisfied. It's cheaper if you buy it in the larger package-the shipping is the same if I remember right.

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