Did you know that acorns are highly nutritious and make for great flour for pasta? Or that coffee flour is a high fibre, gluten-free fruit flour that you can make bread with?
Whether you are looking for a new flour alternative to fit your special dietary needs, or simply looking to experiment with new flavours and textures, there are many options now available to any home cook or chef.
Read on to discover four types of alternative flours that are gaining traction in kitchens worldwide.
Coffee flour is made from coffee cherries, after the coffee beans have been extracted (coffee beans are the seeds of the fruit). The remaining skin and pulp are dried and milled into a fine flour.
As the flour is from the fruit itself, it has a slightly fruity flavour and doesn’t taste like coffee at all. Neither does it have a significant enough caffeine content, which is on par with the level of caffeine found in other foods like dark chocolate.
This high-fibre, gluten-free fruit flour can be used in sweet baking recipes. Start by replacing small amounts of gluten-free flour in a recipe with the coffee flour, say, 10-15%, and experiment with flavours.
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🐿 You may have noticed a lot more acorns around this time of year. It's not your imagination! It's a mast year for acorns which means huge yields. One large oak tree can drop up to 10K acorns during a mast year. Mast years occur only once every few years, and no on really knows why. 🤷🏻♀️ . 🐿 In North American, Oaks produce more nuts than all other kind of nut trees combined. 😲It's no wonder they were such an important food source for our ancestors. The flour is highly nutritious and has a rich, nutty flavor (just make sure you leach the tannic acid out before you eat them!), and is full of good carbs and fats (and is gluten-free). . 🐿 But oak trees can also be used to make dyes, to treat wounds, to tan hides (the tannins are used for this purpose, hence to "tan"), used as a mouth rinse to support healthy gums and teeth, and even to catch fish! 🐟 . 🐿 Some Native American tribes used to put acorns into baskets in a running stream to wash away the tannic acid (toxic if ingested in high quantities, but also can be used medicinally in a variety of ways). As the toxins were released into the water, the fish immediately downstream would be affected and could literally just be pulled out of the water. How ingenious is that? That's my kind of fishing. 😆 . 🐿 As an energetic symbol, acorns represent abundance, prosperity, strength (mighty oak remember?), and is associated with youthfulness and fertility. Appropriately, they are often used in spells to draw in abundance, to protect one’s health, and to remain youthful. You can place them in your mojo bag, on your altar, around the house, or even use them in crystal grids. . 🐿 We channeled our inner squirrel and collected about 20 pounds of acorns this week in just a short time, and there were still more everywhere the eye can see. We plan on making some acorn bread, trying it as a clothing dye, and making mouthwash from the inner bark. At least, that's my top 3 right now given the literally hundreds of things you can do with these amazing trees. . 🐿 Are you doing anything with acorns this year? Let us know in the comments. Happy harvesting! . . . . . #higherselfapothecary #apothecary #acorns #oaks
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Acorns are not just for squirrels. Flour made from acorns are edible, and have a subtle, earthy flavour that is becoming popular with foragers and keto-diet followers; some also suggest that acorns may just be the next superfood.
Acorn flour is not yet commercially available, and the process of turning foraged acorns at home is a lengthy process. The acorns need to be shelled, then leached to remove the bitter tannins which can take up to six weeks. They are then roasted and ground for flour.
Acorn flour has long been used in South Korea to make noodles and acorn jelly, and can even be used to make pasta. A nut flour that is naturally gluten-free, acorn flour is rich in protein, fats, fibre and essential minerals.
Many baking recipes with acorn flour use this nut flour to replace up to half of all-purpose flour. Keep in mind that this is a dry flour, so any acorn flour added should also be compensated with additional moisture in the recipe.
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Milled from the whole root of the cassava plant, cassava flour is a gluten-, nut-, grain-free flour that is popular for gluten-free baking because it is white in colour and mild in taste.
Using cassava flour in cooking is easy. It can replace all-purpose flour in its entirety or in part, taking into account the moisture content - cassava flour tends to absorb more moisture than all-purpose flour so either reduce the amount of flour added or increase the moisture in the recipe.
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If a brownie is categorized as “chewy gooey” it get some serious BROWNIE POINTS in our book!! These grain-free paleo brownies are no exception 😋👍🏻 • Gluten-free✔️ Grain-free✔️ Paleo✔️ • Recipe link in bio! Ingredients🍫 •1 cup chocolate chips •5 tablespoons butter, ghee or coconut oil •1 cup coconut sugar •¼ cup Otto's Naturals - Cassava flour •2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa •¼ teaspoon salt •2 eggs •1 tablespoon vanilla extract Instructions🥣 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8”x 8” baking dish with parchment paper. 2. Melt chocolate chips and butter in saucepan on low just until melted. 3. Combine dry ingredients (coconut sugar, Otto's Naturals - Cassava flour, unsweetened cocoa and salt) in a large mixing bowl. 4. Whisk egg and vanilla in a small bowl. 5. Add melted chocolate and eggs to large mixing bowl with dry ingredients. Mix to form smooth batter. 6. Pour batter in parchment lined dish. Bake in preheated oven 30-40 minutes (start checking around 25 minutes since cooking time will vary based on pan and oven used). 7. Allow to fully cool before cutting. Recipe thanks to @planksloveandguacamole 💛 Photo 📸 thanks to @jess_pecush_nutrition https://www.ottosnaturals.com/blogs/recipes/paleo-brownies
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Teff is an ancient grain that is widely used in Ethiopia. Teff also comes with the title of "super grain" due to its nutritional properties: it is rich in carbohydrates, fibre, proteins, essential amino acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, and more.
Teff flour is also gluten-free and very versatile when it comes to cooking. Its slightly nutty and sweet flavour works well in a wide range of baked goods such as breads, cakes, biscuits and pancakes, and it is also great as a thickener in soups and sauces.
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[#ad] As promised, here's the 5 ingredient Maskal Teff Roti made with @teffco- the first of many Teff recipes to follow. Although my household is not celiac, I've learnt that it's good to have a few gluten-free options on hand, especially while hosting. And thanks to the nutrition content in these rotis, it's now happily in our weekly dinner rotation. I've added oat flour to this recipe to stabilize the dough, and add to the fiber content. Head over to the post (link in profile) for the recipe and notes for those unfamiliar with gluten-free dough. And here's an interesting factoid: while cooking these rotis, particularly ones made with Brown Teff, I noticed that the nutty fragrance was very akin to ghee or brown butter roasting - as a new vegan, I cannot deny that it's a flavor I've missed a lot these past few years, and I'm so excited to explore working with Brown Teff, just for that unique fragrance. Do you smell ghee too, while cooking Brown Teff (or it is just in my imagination?). Let me know! . . . . #teff #teffflour #maskalteff #glutenfree #glutenfreeflour #plantbased #bestofvegan #wholefoodplantbased #plantpowered #veganeats #veganfoodshare #letscookvegan #veganlife #vegansofig #veganfoodpics #veganfood #veganfoodblog #locavore #mycommontable #foodphotography #foodstyling #nikon_photography #foodography #foodbloggers #indianfoodbloggers #eatclean #healthy #nutritious #thegoodlife
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