Monday, June 8, 2015

Morning Pep Almond Flour [Review]

Every few months, I dabble with vegan, gluten-free baking. Since I have been doing several elimination diets with my son to understand why he has outdoor allergies and was diagnosed with Reactive Airway Disease (aka child asthma), almond flour has become my new best friend. No only is almond flour great for gluten-free baking, it can add softness and moisture to make baked goods taste even more delicious. Morning Pep Blanched Almond Flour is made from non-GMO pasteurized skinless almonds that have been ground to a fine powder.

Morning Pep Blanched Almond Flour     
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Made with non-GMO ingredients
Almonds are pasteurized
Plastic bag reseals well
Not Certified Organic
Finely ground

Morning Pep Almond Flour is a super fine grind, white flour made from pasteurized non-GMO skinless almonds. I like that the almonds are non-GMO, though I would prefer they were Certified Organic to ensure there are no pesticides or toxic chemicals sprayed on the plants. Since almonds grow in thick shells and the shells are removed during processing, any pesticides would be removed through during the processing.

I have been making almond flour myself by grinding dry roasted or raw almonds (skin on) in the food processor. I can usually get a pretty good almond meal, but it ends up being a coarse ground. For some baked goods, a fine almond flour is needed so that the texture does not change considerably. For baked items such as pastries, a blanched fine almond flour is required. For items like banana bread, a homemade almond meal can be used.

Usage: Almond Flour can be used in just about anything, from baked goods, to quick breads, to sauces and toppings for oatmeal and yogurt. I have primarily been using the Almond Flour to make healthy muffins and scones.

Results: For items that require a super fine texture, Morning Pep Almond Flour works very well. For items that have more of a coarse texture, like the scones I usually made, I prefer a homemade almond meal that is coarser in texture. Overall, I am very happy with the taste, the texture, and the resultant baked good.

Like mentioned above, I would love to see Morning Pep Almond Flour be made with Certified Organic almonds. In the mean time, I would purchase their product and would recommend it. I really like that it comes in a 2 lb (32 oz) bag and a big 5 lb (80 oz) bag. I did quite a bit of baking one weekend and almost went through the whole 5 lb bag.

Disclosure: I received some of the products to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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