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Easy, Delicious Gluten-Free Living with Almonds

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Silver Dollar Pancakes

(Family Features) - With more and more people seeking gluten-free solutions due to celiac disease, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, or just a desire to limit gluten intake, almonds are a safe and delicious choice to help make living a gluten-free life a satisfying sensory adventure. Nationally-renowned gluten-free expert and cookbook author Elana Amsterdam is proving that living gluten free doesn't mean settling for bland and boring foods.

Amsterdam, author of the popular book, "The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook," shares many of her recipes for enticing, gluten-free dishes on her popular website, www.ElanasPantry.com.

One of the staples of her gluten-free pantry is almond flour. "Almond flour is highly nutritious," she says. "It's easy to use, and for those of us watching our glycemic index, almond flour is chocked full of protein and low in both sugar and carbohydrates."  It's incredibly versatile to meet all your baking needs while adding exciting flavors to your favorite baked goods.

Also, by adding the allure of taste and texture from the various forms of almonds to your diet it makes it easier and more satisfying to live gluten free. They're a perfect solution for the gluten-free diet because they provide important nutrients that are often lacking, such as fiber (3.5 g), calcium (75 mg), iron (1.1 mg) and protein (6 g). Not only that, they offer 7.4 (mg) vitamin E, 0.3 (mg) of riboflavin and 1 (mg) of niacin. Plus, a one-ounce serving has 13 grams of good unsaturated fats, just one gram of saturated fat and is always cholesterol and gluten free.

For many people, the hardest part of following a gluten-free diet can be finding a variety of safe-but-tasty options that satisfy cravings. Amsterdam has created tempting recipes that just also happen to be gluten free. Her Silver Dollar Pancakes are a nutritious and delicious way to start the day.

For more enticing recipes and information, visit AlmondBoard.com.

Silver Dollar Pancakes

Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • grapeseed oil, for cooking

Preparation
    1. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, water, vanilla and agave. Add almond flour, salt and baking soda and mix until thoroughly combined. Heat grapeseed oil on skillet over medium low to medium heat.
    2. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter at a time onto the skillet. Pancakes will form little bubbles, when bubbles open, flip pancakes over and cook other side. Remove from heat to a plate. Repeat process with remaining batter, add more oil to skillet as needed.

Serves
Yield 18 pancakes

SOURCE: Almond Board


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