This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is Almonds! Its no coincidence that is our ingredient with today being the last day to enter to win Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. To enter you must go to the original post, Cookbook Giveaway and Newsletter Announcement at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang. The contest ends at midnight in VA. That’s less than 24 hours!
Almonds are packed with all the good stuff. It’s rich in Vitamin E, fiber and monounsaturated fat. That’s one of the two “good” fats that helps lower your LDL cholesterol (the one you want lower). Almonds are also shown to raise your HDL cholesterol levels, the one you want raised.
Did you know that almonds are not a true nut but a seed. I don’t care what you call it, I think it’s wonderful. I love to add them to my Cranberry Chocolate Nut Truffles, Just 4 Nuts Butter, and my Amazing Toasted Nuts. I now love to bake with almond flour, recipes I’ve found on Elana’s Pantry and in her cookbook, Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I’ve made her Twinkies and Orange Starbucks Cake, and spent one day baking 5 recipes from her cookbook. I have learned it is key to purchase the correct almond flour. Unfortunately buying Bobs Red Mill Almond Flour will not yield you the same results. Elana offers a good list of possibilities that often cost less when purchasing online. Make sure you are Storing Gluten Free Flours in your refrigerator or freezer.
So, what wonderful recipes have you created with Almonds? I can’t wait to read all about them. If this is your first time adding a recipe please visit our Friday Foodie Fix page for all the important information.
Next week Christmas falls on Friday and there will be no Friday Foodie Fix. We will pick it back up next year on Friday January 1st with your favorite New Year’s Day Celebration Foods or Meals (can include best hangover cures).
Before you head on to the rest of your day, please check out this great video of Elana Amsterdam on Good Day Colorado sharing how easy it is to cook with almond flour and Day Break on the Deuce talking about Gluten Free Holidays. Love it!