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Friday, November 27, 2015

A First

About ten years or so ago I developed all sorts of tummy issues and like most folks, just suffered through.

Then my brother was diagnosed Celiac and (we suspect) my Dad was too before he passed.

So I gave up all things gluten about 5 years ago.  It really wasn't all that hard since I had never been a bread, cake, cookie and pie kinda girl.

Pizza was tough and I freely admit that every once in awhile a slice or two might pass my lips but I'd bounce back to my GF avoidance lifestyle.

And all my tummy issues went away.

I was making cookies for SM the other day and it occurred to me that I'd never really considered making myself some baked goods using almond flour which is the "Go-To" flour for GF folks.

I love almonds and almond flavored things, so I bought my first bag of almond flour and trolled around the Internet yesterday for some ideas.

And I made an Almond Lemon cake using this recipe.

Flourless Lemon Almond Cake

I skipped on the cardamom that the recipe asked for and used lemon extract instead of zest, but what emerged was downright yummy.  SM liked it too. 

Instead of leaving it at room temp, I cut it up and stuck it in the fridge.  
Even better.

Now I'm on a mission.
I want to try cookies next.

These Shortbread Chocolate and Orange and Cranberry look good.

 Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies in 3 varieties

Oh My...It's a good thing I've embraced my curvy, middle-aged self.

Mamma's gonna get a bit more fluffy before all is said and done.


  1. That looks yummy! I don't have the gluten worries but I love lemon and almonds. I am going to bookmark this for a later date.

  2. Oh, almond and lemon would be gooood flavors together.

    Here's something else for you to try . . . einkorn flour. I know of folks who need to be GF and they have no trouble with baked goods using einkorn flour. It makes a wonderful bread (slices beautifully) and has the consistency of regular wheat flour. I made our Thanksgiving Dinner rolls with it and they were gobbled up.

    Ain't nuthin' wrong with a fluffy, happy mamma!

  3. You go, girl! I have also embraced GF baking with gusto - fluffy is good!

  4. So glad you are exploring all the possibilities! GF is easy these days. So many choices. Enjoy!