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Monday 30 September 2019

Almond and Orange Biscuits : Low Carb

After a pleasant walk, especially on a nice Autumn day, it can be so nice to come back home, kick off your walking shoes, put the kettle on and then enjoy a sit down with your favourite hot beverage and a delicious low carb almond and orange biscuit … If you'd like to make some, please continue reading! 

Makes 16 biscuits
2 Medjool dates, stoned and finely chopped
50g butter, softened
400g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1½ tsp almond extract
Zest of an orange, finely grated
3 egg whites, loosely beaten
15 walnuts, halved or flaked almonds to decorate 

1. Heat the oven to 350 F/ 180 C / Gas 4. Melt the dates in 3 tbsp. hot water in a small bowl, 'bashing' them to a puree with a fork.
2. Push the puree through a fine sieve to get rid of the skins. Blitz with the remaining ingredients (not the walnuts) in a food processor.
3. Roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls and place on a greased baking tray.
4. Flatten them gently into circles about 4cm across. Push walnuts into the top of each.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

They can be stored in an air-tight container for 3 days or 5 days in the fridge.
Nutrition per serving:
Carbohydrates 3.7g : Protein 10g : Fat 20g : Fibre 2.7g
From original recipe seen here

If you are just starting a low carb diet/lifestyle you may feel confused with which low carb flours to use. You may never have used any of them before and how to use them properly can be daunting. Low carb flours do not behave like wheat flour. 

For example, Ground Almonds/Almond Meal... it is made slightly different than almond flour. Instead of blanching the almonds to remove the skins, the skins on the almonds are kept on. It’s a little bit coarser than almond flour and still bakes the same. For baked goods, perhaps use a super fine ground almond flour but equally almond meal can perform just as well in most recipes, at a reduced cost. 

Almond meal may also be known as ground almonds. You can grind almonds using a blender to make your own almond meal, the power of your blender will dictate how fine your almond meal will become.

A serving (1/4 cup or 28 grams) of the almond meal has the same nutrition of almond flour of nearly 160 calories, 6 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fibre. Only 6 total carbs or 3 net carbs per serving.

You can learn more about low carb flours from Libby at 'Ditch The Carbs' site, she has a very good guide, which you can read here

Autumn … one of my most favourite seasons

You will find a variety of recipe ideas and articles within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...I enjoy the flavor of almonds!

Elephant's Child said...

They do sound good.

DMS said...

Yum! These sound good. Thanks for the information about wheat flour and almond flour acting differently!

happyone said...

That sounds ideal after a nice walk.

Susan Kane said...

Just printed them up. Carbs are low, so it fits what I am doing to lose weight! Have lost 20+lbs.

NatureFootstep said...

the cookies looks tasty and the forest too. ( :) )

Chatty Crone said...

Yummy! Wish it was fall here - 95 degrees!

Rose said...

This sounds so good....and I love your fall shot. It is my favorite time of year, too, and so wish it lasted longer.

William Kendall said...

Those sound good.

Lee said...

I might just have to nick this recipe. I'll be sharing morning tea with a good friend shortly. I always take something with me when I visit for such a get-together. She is on the Keto diet these this might just fit the bill!

Christine said...

delicious combination.

Haddock said...

Like that picture of Autumn.

Debbie Harris said...

These sound delicious!
I have a whisper mill and mill my own almond flour which turns out wonderful.

I've pinned this and will be trying them soon.


Pink Rose said...

Hi Jan thankyou for this recipe i sure will be trying these out,hope your day is a good one xx

Valerie-Jael said...

These look soooo good! Valerie

baili said...

oh this was powerful recipe regarding to season approaching dear Jan :)

i loved it and i am going to try it for sure
thank you for sharing

we use almonds daily in glass of milk and found it helpful for both health

yes fall is magical season :)

Jeanie said...

These look delicious, Jan. I will have to add them to the list. And your autumn photo is beautiful!

Sue said...

These look delicious, not a combo I would have thought of but they sound perfect! Take care, Sue xx

Magic Love Crow said...

So yummy! Thank you Jan! Big Hugs!

Gloria Baker said...

love these biscuits !!

Sami said...

I'm saving this recipe, they look yummi :)