I cannot believe it’s already Thursday. This week has literally flown by which is quite a rare (and exciting) feeling to have. I owe it all to my failed travel on Monday and the snowstorm on Tuesday.
Soo I recently purchased two new products to experiment with in the kitchen: almond flour and coconut flour.
These two products continue popping up all kinds of recipes, so I finally gave in and bought both while I was at a local health food store.
Two interesting things jumped out at me when I read the nutrition labels:
- Coconut flour has 12 grams of fiber in a 1/4 cup serving as compared to 1 gram in regular all-purpose flour.
- Almond flour has only 4 grams of carbs (or 1 gram net carbs) in a 1/4 cup serving as compared to 24 grams in regular all-purpose flour.
These newbies were instantly incorporated into my cooking. Here’s my first recipe with almond flour:
Snowball Energy Bites (No Bake)
Very loosely adapted from this recipe.
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
1/2 cup almond butter*
1/3 cup coconut butter**
1 tbls cocoa powder
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp vanilla extract
*The almond butter I used was a little bit sweet so I didn’t include any additional sweetener. If you use unsweetened almond butter, you may want to add a bit of honey or other sweetener.
**My almond butter wasn’t very liquidy but depending on how ‘drippy’ your almond butter is, you may need to adjust the coconut butter.
1. Combine all ingredients (except 1/2 cup shredded coconut) and mix thoroughly.
2. Form 1 inch balls (approximately 1 tablespoon) and put in the fridge to set for about 10 minutes. Once the bites have firmed up a bit, roll in shredded coconut to coat the outside.
3. Pop in your mouth for a quick energy boost!
These snowballs have been a perfect addition to stave off hunger throughout the day, especially in the mornings before a workout. Often times I find myself a bit hungry but not enough so to sit down for a full breakfast which will likely give me a stomach ache if I work out immediately after. This is a fantastic snack to grab to hold off until my regular breakfast.
Have you ever tried coconut or almond flour?