I’m not a big advocate of using a lot of almond flour in cooking/baking but on occasion, I will use it as a treat. :) Almond Flour does a great job of mimicking a traditional wheat flour so works great for cookies, breads, scones and breading things! :)
The main issue (along with a few others) I have with using Almond flour is that is is exceptionally high in Oxalates. What are Oxalates? An Oxalate is a very simple sort of molecule. It links up with calcium and can crystallize under some conditions, like when it encounters damaged tissues. The crystals formed this way can be quite irritating and painful to tissues where they contribute to or increase inflammation. Oxalate is present in a lot of plants and fruit that we eat. It is especially high in almost all seeds and nuts, but in some more than others. Ordinarily, the gut won’t absorb much of the oxalate from the diet because most of the oxalate will be metabolized by the flora or just leave the body with the stool. Under other conditions, such as when there is gut inflammation, a lot of dietary oxalate is absorbed.
Research shows that they tangle with cellular issues and alterer the cell membrane by lipid peroxidation and oxidizing and interfering with the trafficking of glutathione. In the mitochondrion they impair many enzymes that furnish the energy for cell life. Oxalates also change what happens in the cytosol, the fluid interior of cells where calcium waves regulate complex chemistry, and where it can also alter the function of ion channels. Oxalate changes calcium storage in the endoplasmic reticulum where calcium is kept available for cell signaling and cell death programs.
SO, long story short, don’t go crazy on the almond flour, especially if you have a compromised gut. :)
To learn more go to http://lowoxalate.info/
Paleo Chicken Strips With Honey Mustard Dressing
- 8 Sunworks Farms organic chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 4 sunworks farms organic eggs
- 3 cups almond meal, fine grind
- 2 tsp onion powder tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp sea salt, divided
- black pepper to taste, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Crack eggs in a medium sized bowl and whisk until scrambled.
- In a flat dish or bowl, combine the almond meal, , onion powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, and black pepper.
- Season your cleaned chicken tenders with 2 tsp sea salt and cracked pepper.
- Lay them in the almond flour mixture and coat on all sides, then dip them in the egg wash and back in the almond flour mixture for one more coating.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes, then turn oven to broil and broil for 2-3 min or until golden, be very careful not to burn
Honey Mustard Sauce Ingredients
- ¼ cup organic whole grain mustard
- ¼ cup organic raw honey
- 2 Tbs organic olive oil
- ½ tsp pinch sea salt
- In a bowl, combine honey, mustard and sea salt, Whisk until combined. Slowly add in olive oil to emulsify. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Enjoy!
Source – Justine Stenger