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Old 10-15-2012, 02:41   #1
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Hi All,

I found a low-carb recipe for blueberry muffins that I tried out tonight, but I had to substitute Flax meal (grounded super fine) for the required almond flour because that stuff's just too darn expensive for me. The result was the air in my mouth tasted better than what came out of the oven. So, out of the oven, right into the garbage can they went.

I've seen other recipes for things like pancakes and pound cakes that require almond or coconut flour - both things I would have to take out a loan for. Does anyone know what the result would be if I used protein powder instead, as far as consistency and taste?

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I'm not sure how protein powder would be cheaper than almond flour (plus it wouldn't work) - and if it would be, it couldn't be by much.

If you could make the initial outlay, Honeyville's is my favorite and it's $34.50 including shipping for 5 lbs. That can last a =long= time if you keep it in the freezer, and make muffins as a treat vs a diet staple. You could also now get on Honeyville's mailing list - they periodically have free shipping deals or discounts and you could also wait for that and get the 5 lbs for $30.

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I'm not sure how protein powder would be cheaper than almond flour (plus it wouldn't work) - and if it would be, it couldn't be by much.

If you could make the initial outlay, Honeyville's is my favorite and it's $34.50 including shipping for 5 lbs. That can last a =long= time if you keep it in the freezer, and make muffins as a treat vs a diet staple. You could also now get on Honeyville's mailing list - they periodically have free shipping deals or discounts and you could also wait for that and get the 5 lbs for $30.
Personally, I think that's an insane price for just a few pounds, especially when almost every recipe I find calls for a few cups of the stuff. I can't believe how expensive it is to be a diabetic.

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Perhaps you should explore LC baked things that use eggs and cream cheese - like an "Opse".

There's a peanutbutter bread in the recipe section that calls for peanut butter and eggs only. The bread is passable if a bit dry, but better after being in the refrigerator overnight.

I know there are some recipes that call for protein powder, but they probably also use some almond flour, too. (Don't know for sure since I've never made one).

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Yes, nuts are expensive. You could make the flour yourself from almonds, just be sure it doesn't turn to butter.

The cheapest way of eating ever as a diabetic or not (except my water fasts decades ago - those cost nothing!) was on a very high-fat diet. My bg readings were lower, my bp actually a tad too low, zero hunger, and CHEAP ... even counting all the macadamia nuts I ate. Fat provides a lot of calories, adds up quickly, and one eats very little volume.

That too is an option. I was eating 80-85% of my calories from fat. There are a lot of ways to structure a diabetic way of eating to achieve one's goals, and they needn't all break the bank.

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Yes, nuts are expensive. You could make the flour yourself from almonds, just be sure it doesn't turn to butter.

The cheapest way of eating ever as a diabetic or not (except my water fasts decades ago - those cost nothing!) was on a very high-fat diet. My bg readings were lower, my bp actually a tad too low, zero hunger, and CHEAP ... even counting all the macadamia nuts I ate. Fat provides a lot of calories, adds up quickly, and one eats very little volume.

That too is an option. I was eating 80-85% of my calories from fat. There are a lot of ways to structure a diabetic way of eating to achieve one's goals, and they needn't all break the bank.
Hi Moon,

I think I'm eating pretty LC-HF. I have a big breakfast in the morning of bacon or sausage with eggs and that tends to take me through to dinner, so I usually don't have a lunch. I use cream in my eggs, whipped cream on my sugar-free pudding, and I make my own salad dressing with full-fat mayo. My big complaint is the boredom of eating now as a diabetic. No more fun stuff! I've tried making some of the recipes I've found and everything tastes like cardboard, unfortunately.

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At my local Walgreen's, a 1 lb. bag of Nice brand almonds are on sale right now for 3 dollars and some change. If you watch their ads, maybe you can stock up when it is on sale, then grind your own almond flour.

One reason you can't substitute protein powder or flax meal for almond flour is because almond flour does not absorb much liquid, but flax and other flours do. There is only so much liquid in a recipe.

When looking for dessert and bread recipes, most of them called for lots of almond flour and maybe 5 to 7 eggs. I wanted to use less of both, so I developed some bread recipes and desserts that call for 3/4 cup of almond flour and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of pork rind flour. Don't let the pork rind flour scare you off, you can substitute flax meal for it. The only reason I use the rind flour is because DH and I both get terrible stomach cramps when we eat flax.

Anyway, I have posted some of the recipes here, and if I do say so myself, they are good. Other than that, you can always create your own recipes using small amounts of almond flour.

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My big complaint is the boredom of eating now as a diabetic. No more fun stuff!
Moosha, I feel exactly the same. I dont want to be sick or disabled so I stick with the program 98% of the time.
I have not found almond flour in our shops and I phoned around, but no luck. I know I can ground almonds. That would cost a few hundred rands if I want to make up one cup, apart from the schlep. So I indulge in the 2% of buying a muffin or scone and having a 1/4 of it just to satisfy a craving now and again.

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You can use other nut flours for baking, pecan, hazelnut, hickory, peanut, I would go with whatever is the cheapest in your area. You can cook with protein powder, but it becomes really tough and chewy and not much cheaper than nut flours.

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Moosha, I feel exactly the same. I dont want to be sick or disabled so I stick with the program 98% of the time.
I have not found almond flour in our shops and I phoned around, but no luck. I know I can ground almonds. That would cost a few hundred rands if I want to make up one cup, apart from the schlep. So I indulge in the 2% of buying a muffin or scone and having a 1/4 of it just to satisfy a craving now and again.
That's what I do as well, I give myself one small treat a week. Because I've been such a huge foodie all my life, I was scared that doing that would make fall off the wagon completely, but I think because the rest of my week's meals are all LC-HF, they fill me up so much that I don't feel the need to overeat on the junk. But still, I get bored with pretty much the same meals each day. I'm planning a move to the West Coast where I knew there are tons of Trader Joe's so that will be a big boost.

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