Muffins are a fantastic snack choice: they’re easy to make, they make a good breakfast if you’re running out the door, and of course, they’re delicious. However, there is something you can do to make this snack or breakfast even more delicious and healthier than it already is. By replacing your wheat flour with almond flour, your muffins will taste similar (or better) but they will also be gluten-free. Below is more information on making almond flour muffins.
Why Use Almond Flour In Muffins?
You already have wheat flour in your cupboard, so why bother replacing it with almond flour in your muffin recipe anyway? Simply, almond flour is a much healthier alternative. Almond flour contains more protein than wheat flour (20 grams of protein per 100 grams, as opposed to 13 grams of protein per 100 grams of wheat flour), which means that it has a low Glycemic Index. Because this flour contains more protein, you will stay full for longer. In addition to this, almond flour has a high amount of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and healthy fats!
If anyone in your family is intolerant to gluten, baking with almond flour also means that they can enjoy delicious baked treats that they’re not able to eat most of the time.
How Do I Bake With Almond Flour?
Using almond flour works best if you are baking cakes, muffins, pastries or pancakes. Sometimes, you can replace the volume of wheat flour with the same volume of almond flour. However, sometimes you will need to use more of a rising agent; almond flour is heavier than wheat flour so some recipes might need to be adjusted so that your baked good ends up like you desire.
It’s also very important to weigh or measure your almond flour accurately so that you can get the best results. If you use a measuring cup, the best way to accurately fill the cup is with the “dip and sweep” method: dip the measuring cup into the bag of almond flour, and then sweep the top of the cup so that the flour is fully packed down. If you prefer, using scales is another good way to accurately measure your flour.
What Muffin Recipes Work With Almond Flour?
No matter what kind of muffins you like best, it is possible to substitute wheat flour for almond flour or to find a recipe that uses almond flour. Because of this flour’s slightly sweeter taste and its soft texture, the kind of muffins that work best with almond flour are the fruit varieties. Try a banana muffin recipe, a blueberry muffin recipe or even a zucchini muffin recipe with almond flour.
There are a lot of reasons to have almond flour in your pantry. Not only does it make incredibly delicious muffins, but it is also easy to substitute and it is far healthier than wheat flour. If you are watching your carbohydrate intake or if your body doesn’t react well to gluten, try almond flour muffins instead.