Paleo is NOT Expensive. Exhibit A: Almond Flour
Man-oh-man, do I hear this statement a lot. In fact, it’s part of the reason that we created this website. At TLSP, we wanted to show you that not only can eating Paleo be inexpensive; it doesn’t have to be time-consuming, bland, or boring either.
Today, I want to talk about almond flour. Almond flour is a staple in the diet of many Paleo-ers. It’s a favorite alternative to flour amongst those who have a keen interest in baking (think Lyssa and Lisa here at TLSP), and it also works as combiner in entrees like meatloaf, salmon cakes, and meatballs.
Now, if you buy pre-made almond flour, it’s a little pricey (to the tune of about $9.22/lb). If, however, you buy a bag of raw almonds and then grind your own flour, you’re looking at a price of approximately $3.82/lb. That’s a substantial savings!
And it doesn’t stop there. I grind all kinds of nut flours from pecan to walnut and even macadamia. In addition to their many other uses, nut flours make great batters for fish and chicken.
But wait, I know what you’re going to say next: ”That’s too difficult and it takes too much time! I don’t have the proper equipment!” The answer: it’s as easy as dumping a bag of almonds in your food processor, flipping on the ‘on-switch’, and less than a minute later voila! You’ve got your very own, homemade almond flour!
If you don’t have a food processor, I whole-heartedly recommend that you buy one. Like a crock-pot, it’s a must in any well-equipped kitchen. Better yet, I implore you to invest in a Vita-Mix. I bought mine seven years ago on the recommendation of my mother (a fabulous cook) who has had hers for almost twenty years (yes…the SAME one). The reasons I recommend the Vita-Mix are these:
- You get two machines in one (It comes with a ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ container, and can be used as BOTH a blender and food processor).
- It has an incredibly powerful motor, resulting in finely ground nut flours.
- It’s highly versatile (I’ve used mine to grind flours, make soup, guacamole, smoothies, salsa, and the list goes on).
For those of you who are wondering why I recommend a $500 machine, let me just ask you this: how many times have you had to replace your $25 blender? A VitaMix is an investment. Although expensive on the front-end, it will cost you less per day as it will last substantially longer than your run-of-the-mill blender or food processor. Furthermore, you’re getting two machines in one! (Believe it or not, I’m not being paid by VitaMix but I think I should be, don’t you?!! )