It’s the million-dollar question: “Are almonds gluten free?” And the priceless answer is: yes. Courtesy of foods like almonds, gluten-free doesn’t have to mean flavor-free or fun-free.
Getting More Out of Gluten-Free
Almonds are endlessly versatile, convenient and always enjoyable, so for those living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, they’re pantry cupboard essential you don’t want to live without.
- Add creamy perfection to your morning cup o’ joe or your favourite gluten-free cereal with a splash of almond milk.
- Take back baked goods by using almond flour as a substitute for regular flour.
- Get the gluten-free festivities pumping by serving whole, natural nuts like almonds as a crowd-pleasing, gluten-free party snack
- Give your side dish an extra kick of crunch by sprinkling sliced or slivered almonds on top. Flavoured varieties can spice up or sweeten the deal.
- Use almond flour or crushed almonds instead of breadcrumbs as a coating on fish or poultry. Is it dinnertime yet?
- Snack on a handful of nuts like whole almonds anywhere, anytime. No gluten equals no worries.
- Give traditional crackers a run for their money and crunch into almond crackers (homemade or store-bought) as a snack. Your cheese platter won’t mind them one bit either.
- Use almond butter to thicken up smoothies or slather it on gluten-free bread at lunch. You can lick your fingers too—just make sure no one’s looking.
- Swap crispy croutons with crunchy almonds for a more satisfying (and likely, more sensational) salad.
- Give chocolate desserts an added crunch without any added gluten by making almonds part of the mix.
Gluten Freedom with Almond Flour
Start those ovens, everyone (and we do mean everyone) because almond flour has the power to meet all your gluten-free baking needs while also adding top-shelf nutrition and flavour to all your favourite recipes.
Almond Flour Fast Facts
- Unlike many GF flours that contain several different inclusions, almond flour has just one ingredient (surprise, it’s almonds) with a slightly sweet, buttery taste ideal for sweet or savoury recipes.
- Far from being gritty or dry, almond flour has a smooth texture that’s picture-perfect for baking. Almond meal, on the other hand, has a slightly coarser texture and is made from whole almonds ground with the skin on. Most baking recipes call for almond flour, so keep tabs on that if you’re substituting.
- A one-cup serving of almond flour bakes protein (23g), fibre (12g), antioxidants and calcium (235mg) into every creation.
- Almond flour should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer, where it will keep for several months. Also keep it clear of direct sunlight and moisture.
- Look to stock your stash of this pantry must-have wherever gluten-free products are sold. Note: if you can’t find it, it may be in the refrigerator or freezer section or stores, or you can even make your own by grinding whole almonds in a food processor.
*Almonds, like other nuts, are naturally gluten-free. However, there is the potential risk of cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients during processing. Flavored almonds may also have added gluten-containing ingredients. If you are on a gluten-free diet, please read all labels carefully to ensure that the product is free of gluten