Nuts About Almond Flour

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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What is almond meal/flour?

Almond meal/flour is skinless, blanched almonds that have been finely ground.

What makes it so special?

It adds a moist texture and rich, buttery flavor to baked goods and desserts. It’s also low in carbs and a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium. One serving (1/4 cup) has 160 calories, 14g fat (1g sat), 3g fiber, and 6g protein.

What made you decide to try it?

The CrossFit cult. Just kidding! Well, sort of.

Our box is starting a Grain-Free Challenge next week, so our coaches are gearing up with The Paleo Diet. I’m not planning to do Paleo, but I’m using aspects of it to clean-up my diet (i.e. more lean protein and healthy fats, less junk, but keeping the whole grains, beans, and dairy). Plus, I like trying new things, so I’m giving a few of the Paleo recipes a whirl. The Grain-Free Challenge also involves fitness and weight loss elements, so I’m participating in those parts. I’ll tell you guys more about it tomorrow!


I broke open my new bag of almond flour to make an Almond Flax Pizza Crust, which I topped with ground beef, peppers, onions, cheese, and marina sauce.

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The crust turned out really well””thick, sort of cake-y, and really hearty and satisfying. Those two pieces of pizza sat in my stomach like a rock!

After dinner, I enjoyed a dark chocolate Ghirardelli square.

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A dirty martini with olives.

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And a bunch of pistachios that I shared with Mal.

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This morning, I rocked the almond flour once again, but, this time, in the form of pancakes!

In the mix:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste

Makes 4 pancakes

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I made sure to use every last once of pancake batter because almond flour cost as much as is like gold.

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I topped my pancakes with fresh blackberries and maple syrup that the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers sent me to test out.

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Did you know that Quebec is home to more than 7,400 maple businesses, making it a producer of close to 80% of the worldwide maple syrup output? Crazy, right? I had no idea so much maple syrup came from there. Maple syrup also has over 54 antioxidants! I didn’t know that either!

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Off to the dog park with Mal and Murphy!



  1. My bf wants to start eating more low-carb to lose weight and almond flour keeps popping up in recipes, I need to try it out… bummed to hear it is expensive though.

      1. @Jessica: I don’t have a TJ, but that’s not too bad. I can get Bob’s Red Mill products at my local store, so I know it’s at least available. Thanks for the tip though, next time I make it to the cities I will have to make a stop!

  2. I love that you’re using their challenge in your own way that works for you! I’m not sure how I feel about the paleo diet in its extreme but I do see the merit in eating more starchy veggies instead of relying on grains, especially if those grains are processed!

    I want to try nutritional yeast. The Bob’s Red Mill bag made me think of it!

  3. Hahaha how funny your post is because you are talking about maple syrup made in Quebec… I’m from Quebec city and I’ve read your blog for a while. Sorry if my English isn’t very good, I speak French 🙂
    I’ve never left a comment on your blog, but today was a great opportunity when I read about our maple syrup.
    It’s nice you enjouyed it!

  4. That almond meal crust sounds yummy!

    In case no one has mentioned yet, Trader Joe’s sells almond meal for a VERY reasonable price. It does have the skins on, so you have to be ok with that. Otherwise, it’s just like any other brand.

  5. I did know that Quebec made that much syrup…I’m not from there, but it sure does make me proud to be Canadian! 😉 Couldn’t you just make your own almond flour by finely grinding almonds?

  6. I think you need to change your blog name to “Carrots and Crossfit”! LOL That seems to be the only thing discussed on here anymore. 🙁 Are you getting paid to endorse it? Just curious! I love your blog but don’t care for all the crossfit talk to be honest. That’s great that you love it though!

    1. Ha! I wish! I just like it and it’s a part of my life now. CNC has always been about sharing my life through food and adventures such as CF, so I hope you decide to keep reading!

  7. Hey Tina! I saw you posted on Twitter how expensive the Almond Flour was, what a bummer! Not 100% sure about almond flour, but Ocean State Job Lot sells Bob’s Red Mill products for really cheap. It might be worth seeing if they have the flour, but if nothing else, you can get two pounds of oatmeal for like $3! 🙂

  8. Hi Tina! I love hearing about recent your Crossfit adventures and i’m glad you like it! I’ve heard really great things about it and i’m thinking about adding it to my exercise routine very soon. I’ve done aspects of Paleo for awhile now, sort of a mix between Paleo/Primal (in that I do allow limited dairy, like milk in coffee and greek yogurt and cheese on occasion). Anyway, I just happened to be reading someone else’s blog (who eats only real, whole foods) and there was an entry on there about nuval which was pretty unfavorable. Now that you’re starting to experiment with parts of Paleo a bit, it seems like you’re trying to eat as much whole, real food as possible. That said, I’ve noticed a lot of high nuval scores on foods that contain artificial ingredients, so i’m curious what your take is on that? One of the comments on that other blog gave this as an example…

    Papetti Foods Better’n Eggs Healthier Real Egg Product 67
    Eggs, Brown All Sizes 33

    Let’s see. The contents of Eggs, Brown All Sizes is: eggs.
    The content of Papetti Food Bettern’n Eggs Healthier Real Egg Product 67:
    Egg whites (98%), water, natural flavors, sodium hexametaphosphate, guar gum, xanthan gum, color (includes beta carotene).

    I’m sure NuVal has a very particular system for why foods get the scores they do, which most of us probably don’t know about, but I dont really understand why something with additives would score better than it’s “whole” counterpart?

    1. @kim: Yep, they do. It all comes down to nutrients: So, for something like real eggs versus “egg products,” like Egg Beaters, the egg products don’t have saturated fat or cholesterol (real eggs have both), which drives up the NuVal score. Additionally, egg products have vitamins and minerals added to it, which also brings up the score.

  9. I’ve been experimenting with almond flour recently also. Made meatballs, and microwave cakes with it and loved how both came out. I eat mostly paleo with some variance and have never felt better!

  10. I have that same mixing bowl!

    When I was visiting Quebec with school, we went to a sugar shack on the outskirts of Quebec City and it was maple-centric! Syrup was pretty much put on anything, except for the delicious split pea soup. And we got to pour syrup on snow and roll it around a popsicle stick. Tasted just like caramel! 🙂

  11. I noticed someone mentioned buying Bob’s Red Mill at Ocean State Job Lot. In New England, the Christmas Tree Shop sells it at a discount too.

  12. Almond flour is awesome. I noticed you also are shocked by the price tag.

    I live in the midwest so pricing is probably different but my whole foods has almond flour in the bulk bin for about $8/lb and Bob’s is about $10/lb.

    Trader Joe’s also sells almond MEAL, which is drastically less expensive. The meal is ground almonds that still have the skins and it is not as finely ground. But it is only $3.99 for a 1 lb. bag. The consistancy will be more gritty but it’s a much cheaper option for some things.

    Just thought I would share.

  13. I used the almond/flax crust recipe this past weekend for our dinner club. I made it with the TJ’s Almond meal and I have to say that it turned out great! Even the skeptics liked it. Plus, at $4lb instead of almost $12, I could get used to the meal over the flour really easily.

  14. I made pizza this weekend using the recipe you linked to and I loved it!!! We have been trying to eat Paleo at least 80% of the time to clean up our diet. I highly recommend this recipe!

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