Friday, January 8, 2010

GLUTEN FREE VEGETARIAN INGREDIENT OF THE DAY: ALMOND FLOUR

Almond flour is one of the most versatile and healthy of the gluten-free flours, high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Here it's used with ground certified gluten-free oats to make a cracker you can easily customize to your own taste. These photos show the cracker sprinkled with large-crystal sea salt, but it also works well with sesame seeds or any number of toppings you might want to add (caraway, oregano, garlic powder, etc).

Ingredients:

1c almond flour
1c certified gluten free oats
2 egg whites
1 tsp salt
1 T caraway seeds
2 tsp coarse sea salt


Instructions:

Grind oats in food processor. Grind half of those ground oats in coffee grinder. Mix all of oats with almond flour, salt and caraway seeds. Beat egg whites till bubbly and slowly mix with dry ingredients until a ball is formed. Divide in four parts. Flatten one ball on a sheet of parchment, then cover with a second sheet. Roll out until as thin as preferred (I like 1/16-1/8 thick). Remove top parchment paper and place on baking sheet. Score with pizza cutter. (For round crackers, flatten marble-sized balls.)Sprinkle with 1/4 of coarse sea salt. Repeat for rest of dough.  Bake at 325 degrees until lightly browned, approximately 15 minutes depending on thickness of dough.


2 comments:

Candice said...

Nice to meet you:) It sounds like I'll be needing to buy a food processor and a coffee grinder because I'd love to make my son his own crackers instead of buying the $7 bags that go in no time- Thanks for the recipe

G.F.Veg said...

hi candice,
this is DEFINITELY the frugal way to go! i can't believe the prices for crackers! here's a recipe for some all-oat crackers i make, which i like, too: http://bit.ly/oatcrax.

although my food processor is a cuisinart, it's one of their least expensive. it's got one motor that you use for the food processor part OR for the blender top which comes with it. not a huge one, but fine for most things i do, and a real counter-space saver, too. it's called the smart power duet.

the coffee grinder is a little one i use for spices as well as grains (i actually drink tea not coffee). it's made by proctor silex and runs about $20, but i see hamilton beach makes one for $10.

i plan on posting more cracker ideas, so keep an eye out for them!

(and thanks for writing)