When embarking on your keto baking journey, you'll notice many recipes call for both almond and coconut flour. These two flours complement each other to create a fluffy yet moist texture that can be challenging to achieve using just one. But don't worry, it's not impossible!
In this blog post, we'll explore how to effectively substitute coconut flour with almond flour in your keto muffins, pancakes, brownies, and bread, while still maintaining that desired texture. Before we delve into the substitution details, let's get acquainted with almond flour.
Undestanding Almond Flour: A Keto-friendly Alternative
Almond flour is a popular alternative flour typically made from blanched almonds, although versions using whole almonds with their skins on also exist. Don't confuse it with almond meal, which consists of coarsely ground whole almonds.
This nut flour has an off-white appearance and a mildly sweet, nutty flavor reminiscent of almonds. It is widely available in health food and grocery stores, with superfine almond flour options for light and fluffy results.
Almond flour is low in carbs, but high in fat and protein. A 100-g serving contains 14 g of net carbs, 53 g of fat, and 21 g of protein. his serving size also provides an abundance of essential nutrients, such as magnesium, manganese, vitamin E, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, B vitamins, and more .
Baking With Almond Flour
Almond flour is popular because it's easy to work with, allowing you to replace regular wheat flour at a 1:1 ratio in most recipes. To get tender and fluffy bread, pancakes, muffins, and more, follow these guidelines when baking with almond flour:
- Don’t pack when measuring: Almond flour is denser than regular flour, so avoid packing it when using a measuring cup to prevent hard, condensed results.
- Use binding ingredients: Incorporate binding ingredients such as eggs, psyllium husk, xanthan gum, chia seeds, or flax meal to replace gluten in almond flour recipes.
- Use vital wheat gluten with yeast: When making yeast bread with almond flour, add vital wheat gluten to help the dough rise. Alternatively, use xanthan gum for a gluten-free recipe.
- Don’t overmix: Overmixing almond flour batter can cause it to absorb too much moisture, resulting in overly dense and wet cakes or bread.
- Use whipped egg whites for an airy texture: For a lighter texture, add egg yolks first, followed by whipped egg whites, or gently fold egg whites without yolks into the batter.
- Monitor baking progress: Almond flour browns and bakes faster than regular flour, so adjust baking time or temperature to prevent burning. Check the oven or pan every 10 minutes when first baking with almond flour.
Substituting Almond Flour for Coconut Flour
If you have a tree nut allergy, think almond flour isn’t your thing or is too expensive, then you can definitely substitute it with coconut flour. But the two flours are very different in many respects. Coconut flour is more absorbent and with a distinct, coconut-y taste. Almond flour is moist, dense, and mild-tasting. So, when using coconut flour in place of almond flour, a couple of adjustments are needed:
- Adjust the ratio: Use 1 cup of almond flour for every ¼ cup of coconut flour in a given recipe. As explained, coconut flour is more absorbent. So, less is definitely more when using coconut flour, but not so with almond flour.
- Use less liquid: You’ll notice that recipes with coconut flour include plenty of butter, eggs, water, milk, yogurt, and other liquids. Use less liquid and let the consistency of your batter be your guide as you go along.
- Reduce added fats: You may also want to reduce the amount of fat you use. Almond flour is 50% fat, while coconut flour is only 15% fat [1, 3]. And because recipes usually also use a small amount of coconut flour, they need to compensate with added fat. This isn’t the case with almond flour, which is rich enough on its own.
Tasty Keto Recipes With Almond Flour
Almond flour is incredibly versatile, allowing you to create a wide variety of low-carb, gluten-free, paleo, and grain-free recipes. Check out some of these delicious recipes featured on our blog:
These low-carb muffins use almond flour and zucchini as a substitute for bananas. The banana flavor comes from banana extract.
These light, fluffy waffles resemble regular waffles, but are made with almond flour and sweetened with a low-carb sweetener.
A reliable pie and tart crust recipe is essential. This simple, delicious crust is made with almond flour, butter, egg yolk, and a pinch of salt and water.
Combine fine blanched almond flour and almond butter to create tender, buttery cookies in this easy recipe.
This quick and satisfying mug cake uses only a couple of tablespoons of almond flour and Greek yogurt for a protein-packed treat that satisfies your sweet tooth.
Almond flour is one of the most popular grain-free flours available today, known for its mild, sweet taste, light color, and versatility. You can use it as a substitute for wheat flour at a 1:1 ratio, but different rules apply when replacing coconut flour.
As a substitute for coconut flour, almond flour should be used in larger quantities because it is less absorbent and requires fewer added liquids. It may take some getting used to, but there are plenty of tried-and-true recipes using almond flour alone that you can rely on for delicious low-carb baked goods.
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central. ALMOND FLOUR. April 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/553156/nutrients
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central. Nuts, almonds, blanched. April 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170568/nutrients
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central. ORGANIC COCONUT FLOUR. April 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/602505/nutrients