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Sunday
May222011

how nutty

I’ve been browsing around for gluten free dessert recipes for a few days now.  I wanted to keep things simple, so I didn’t have to buy 4 new bags of GF flour while at my parents house.  I know there are GF all-purpose flour blends, but I didn’t want to go that route either.  Not too long ago, I found Elana’s Pantry.  I’m not quite sure how it took me so long to find this amazing blog.  One of Elana’s main baking ingredients is almond flour.  Blanched almond flour to be exact. 

I did some reading on baking with almond flour and people specifically said not to use the Trader Joes Almond Meal as an almond flour sub.  You really need to use blanched almond flour when baking.  Blanched almonds have the skins removed which makes a nice, light flour.  Elana also mentioned that she has not had any luck with Bob’s Red Mill almond flour.  She said it produced a runny result.  She links to this brand in all of her recipes, and purchases it online. 

For today, I made blanched almond flour, and it didn’t turn out half bad!  I did some googling to find out a method and found that a coffee grinder works best, and a blender is your next best bet.  My parents don’t have a coffee grinder but they did have a decent blender.  It’s tricky to not over process and turn it into nut butter or not process enough which will give you almond meal.  I pulsed and scraped the blender down numerous times and only ground about 1c of blanched slivered almonds at a time.  It worked pretty well!  There were very small bits of almonds that didn’t get ground, but all in all it was a pretty soft + smooth cupcake!  You can always pass the flour through the sifter and re-grind the small pieces, but I didn’t have a sifter.

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While I found loads of good recipes + information at Elana’s blog, I decided on a recipe from Roost blog.  Such an amazingly gorgeous blog! 

Orange Blossom Cupcakes with Cashew Cream Frosting

Frosting made from cashews?  I could hardly believe it either!

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I prepared tonight’s dessert first and then got working on dinner.  My mom and I went shopping for pizza night at Whole Foods.  We bought a few of their whole wheat crusts [which I found very easy to work with], peppers, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, mozzerella, San Marzano pizza sauce, etc.  We were planning on grilling the pizzas because it’s so quick + causes less heat in the house.  I was the pizza maker, and my dad + I both worked the grill.

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I tore the dough in half and made a total of 6 pizzas.  Tonight, I stayed away from the gluten.  It was extremely difficult to pass up on this delicious, fresh pizza!

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The family loved it, which made me forget I couldn’t eat it. :)

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Dessert was up, and I was nervous to test this out on everyone!  My family is always really open to trying out anything I am willing to make, which makes things really fun. 

I really had no idea what to expect with this cupcake!  It looked like they baked properly, and the frosting was nice and thick, so I crossed my fingers and served them up!

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I’ve never had an almond flour baked good before, and wow is it delicious.  This was the softest, doughiest, cupcake I’ve ever eaten.  There was no lack of moisture here!  But it was in no way soggy.

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The frosting was extremely thick.  A little goes a long way!  Everyone thought it was really fun and unique and they couldn’t believe it was made from cashews. 

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You can tell how thick and moist this cupcake is.  It had a great crumb!

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I followed the recipe almost exactly, except for these few modifications:

cupcakes:

  • zest of 1 lemon, instead of orange
  • 1/2T orange juice

frosting:

  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4c honey
  • made this in a heavy-duty food processor, not a blender and worked perfectly

Since I was making this for a crowd, I wanted to sweeten up the frosting a bit.  The 1/4c of honey made it just barely sweet.  I felt it was slightly too tangy + tart from only using dates for the sweetener. 

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The flavors were perfect.  The lemon was not overpowering.  It was definitely a fun cupcake to make for my first GF baking adventure.  Also a huge success with my non-GF family!

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It’s still crazy to me that almonds can be made into flour and then made into cupcakes.  Same goes for cashews as frosting.  I can’t wait to do more experimenting!

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Time to catch some zzZZzzz’s….

Ashley

Reader Comments (62)

Those cupcakes look perfect! It's such a wonderful feeling when non-GF eaters enjoy GF food. I have been following Elana's blog for probably 3 years now, and it has been such a great resource for me! I bake mostly with almond flour, and starting out with a few of her recipes in the beginning really helped me transition into GF cooking, when I was feeling overwhelmed by all the various flours and their affects on me. I think I'm going to her book signing on Wednesday so I can thank her in person ;) Hope you have a great time with your family!

These cupcakes look so absolutely delicious and gorgeous! I can tell it'll be a fave recipe, can't wait to try it.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@fitforthesoul

GORGEOUS cupcakes and pizza!

Saw your comment on my blog - haven't tried that place. I don't eat raw cuisine anymore though.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

The cupcakes look wonderful! The cashew cream sounds delightful as well, and I can't believe it's made without sugar and butter!

this is great! I'll be making vegan things for my family when I come home, so this is such an inspiration! They look delicious, too. Is almond flour mostly used for sweet baking or can it be used for savory baking, too?

Ahhh I'd love me one of those cupcakes..right now.. even though it is 5:53am

I love that picture of your dad!!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Can I please come to your next family BBQ? Wow, it all sounds amazing. That pizza looks incredible, as do the cupcakes. Glad you are enjoying your trip Ashely.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love using cashews for frosting. It gives it a "cream cheese" kind of texture. It's my favorite!

The cupcakes turned out so cute! I'm glad they were a hit.

Oh wow! The cupcakes turned out perfect...beautiful! I love cashew creme sauces, but I've never used one as a frosting before. I'm intrigued!

You are much stronger than I am! I don't think I would have been able to resist the pizza! Those cupcakes have been drooling over my keyboard, though... Awesome pictures!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRiss

I love almond flour, I use it in all of my baked goods. It really is so simple to make, like most gfree flours. Those cupcakes look so tasty!

Oh yum, next time I'm thinking of making cupcakes I'll give these a try. I've never used almond flour but it sounds great.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlayna @ Thyme Bombe

The pizza and the cupcakes look delicious! I happen to love Bob's almond flour. I've also used JK Gourmet with no problems. Almond flour makes the best gluten free pie crust. Looks like a great night with your family!

You have GOT to try Elana Pantry's chocolate chip cookies: http://www.elanaspantry.com/chocolate-chip-cookies/ . They ROCK my world. My family doesn't eat gluten-free or vegan, and these are still some of our favorite cookies. Almond flour makes such flavorful cookies.
These walnut cranberry cookies are amazing too: too:http://www.elanaspantry.com/cranberry-walnut-chocolate-chip-cookies/

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

yey for a GF recipe success! :)

looks amazing and your almond flour really does look fluffy and wonderful :)

Ashley! I am sooo glad you made these cupcakes and thank you for the sweet shout out! Isnt it amazing what you can do with almond flour and cashews?! They turned out so beautiful and I love your addition of the lemon zest :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCoco

Those cupcakes look SERIOUSLY amazing! The touch of lemon sounds perfect.

Those cupcakes look and sound amazing! I baked some muffins with almond flour this past weekend and I was also surprised at how nicely they turned out. I plan to bake with almond flour more often!

the cupcakes look great and I recently made homemade chocolate coconut cashew butter and realized that cashews make amazing frosting..well, I knew this b/c I use them as the filling for my raw vegan cheezecake but I am back in love w/ cashews for frosting/filling.

Roostblog. I keep seeing that blog the past week or so....I love it!

Diggin' your cupcakes, oh yes!

Wow those cupcakes look amazing, your photography is great! It makes me want to do some GF experimenting!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Beautiful cupcakes! Thanks for the tips on how to make almond flour. I will definitely have to try this as I have been experimenting with GF flours and I can't say I found the one:) yet! I tried Bob's Red MIll GF flour mix and I feel it makes baked goods have a very chickpea flavor~not exactly the flavor I want to have in baked goods...Have you tried it before? If so, what did you think of it?

Glad to hear you are enjoying your time with your family! I love going home to visit because everyone is always so excited to try my crazy creations...families are amazing!

Have a wonderful day!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I've been meaning to bake with almond flour- I love the flavor and moistness (which I'm pretty sure is from the level of fat... but healthy fat!!). Now I am further motivated :) Lovely cupcakes! (and amazing-looking pizza!! yummmmm)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

These cupcakes look divine! And thank you for the links to other gluten free sites. I am trying to decide if thats the route I want to go after my cleanse.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

those cupcakes look fabulous!

those cupcakes look and sound incredible! I love cashews and it never occured to me that it could become frosting. Does the frosting taste anything like cashews?

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkris (everyday oats)

More specifically, here is the almond baking I want to do:
http://www.muffintinmania.com/2011/05/chocolate-almond-butter-banana-cakes.html
I bet the recipe could be modified to have just almond flour.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

(I guess it calls for almond butter rather than flour. But, like I said, I bet it could be modified)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I agree, those cupcakes look perfect! And Katie @ NourishingFlourishing is so right, while the same goes for vegan food. It feels so good when non-vegans enjoy it, whether they know it's vegan (or gluten-free!) or not!

Why not make a gluten-free pizza crust?

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbitt

These look amazing! I don't get how this works either, but it's awesome that it does!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ Simple Eats

I love baking with almond flour. These look fantastic!

Hi there,
All of the recipes on my site work with the Trader Joe's almond meal (or reguarly grocery store brand ground almonds). No expensive special almond flour needed. :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Those pizzas look delicious! Is the crust from WF pre baked or did u use dough? Want to try to grill my pizza next time!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

i love her site and i swear by almond and coconut flour for everything! i find that by using coconut oil and eggs as the fats the product ends up moist and delicious! i've never made a bad recipe from elana's pantry either!

m. i'll have a few of these in my mouth. yes please.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

love using cashews as frosting!! cupcakes look wonderful

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw twins

A friend just recently introduced me to Elana's blog and I had the same reaction - where had it been all my life?! The cuppycakes look marvelous - I especially like the idea of a cashew based frosting.

I know!! I'm so glad to have found it!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm totally jumping on this bandwagon too!!! Coconut oil, eggs, and almonds are some of my top kitchen ingredients for sure!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It was fresh whole wheat dough from WF. It was not pre-rolled or baked. They have white dough too and at the stores in CO they have a seedy crust as well. The seedy dough is a little harder to work with but the whole wheat worked great!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's great to hear!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've seen almond butter baking and it's totally a mystery to me!! Definitely want to try it out!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You can definitely taste a hint of cashew. It depends what is mixed in with them and how much sweetener you used. I think the family would have known it wasn't typical sugary frosting, but I don't think they would have guessed it was made from cashews. :)

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You're so welcome!! Good luck with your cleanse!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

unbelievably moist!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's so interesting about the Bob's all purpose flour. Thanks for letting me know. As much as I love chickpeas, I'm not the biggest fan of the intense flavor of the flour. It also was really hard on my stomach!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That cashew butter sounds to die for!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Me too!! So excited about it!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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