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Ground Almond Alternatives?

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TwoIfBySea Thu 01-Nov-12 21:53:09

So I developed an annoying allergy to almonds a few years back (also walnuts which annoys me even more as I love them!) I can eat other nuts - haven't had any reaction to anything other than those two.

When it states ground almonds on a recipe what can I use instead?

Asked this elsewhere and someone suggested flour and almond essence which doesn't help as I don't want to risk using the essence even if in small amounts!

All advice greatly appreciated smile

TafferineWheel Thu 01-Nov-12 21:54:51


For flavouring, it would depend on recipe.

TafferineWheel Thu 01-Nov-12 21:56:13

eg an almond cake wouldn't be an almond cake without er almonds.

But you could make a pistachio cake. grin

What you'll need is a really effective grinder to get whole nuts really fine.

TwoIfBySea Thu 01-Nov-12 23:08:02

Tafferine, I'd avoid anything that said almond in the title, it is easy to avoid flaked almonds but if it was an almond cake then not in this house! I'm just glad it is only almonds and walnuts as I love nuts as well.

Pistachio cake does sound lovely though!

zillyzilly Thu 01-Nov-12 23:13:35

Ground hazelnuts.

hellymelly Thu 01-Nov-12 23:18:10

I agree with zilly that ground hazelnuts will have the same texture and give the same nutty flavour. Does depend on the recipe though- hazels are fab in chocolate cake, less so with stoned fruit, where you really want that almondy note.

hellymelly Thu 01-Nov-12 23:18:36

Although plum crumble with hazelnut in the topping would work.

zillyzilly Thu 01-Nov-12 23:21:42

Oh thankjs, Helly, I'm not an expert and those are good tips

TwoIfBySea Mon 05-Nov-12 07:48:10

Thanks Helly! It is mostly cake recipes I find a problem.

Beanbagz Mon 05-Nov-12 09:09:45

How about rice flour? I've used that when making chicken korma for my nut allergic friend.

bruffin Mon 05-Nov-12 09:16:03

My DS has nut allergy, I have used semolina in a cake instead of ground almonds as it gives pretty much the same texture. That was in a devils food cake, which has a strong chocolate flavour anyway.

harbingerofdoom Mon 05-Nov-12 17:20:14

I use ground rice and almond essence for recipes like bakewell tart or frangipan.
I believe 'cheap' almond essence has never been anywhere near an almond and nobody has shown any allergic reactions to it. (V V allergic DM).

SpringHeeledJack Tue 06-Nov-12 17:24:28

<sort of hijack>

apols, but someone mentioned good nut grinder

can anyone recommend a good nut grinder? Am deathly bored of ground almonds (coeliac, so this is a Baking Staple) and would love to try recipes with hazelnuts- can't find 'em in the shops (well, not finely ground, any road)

Chopstheduck Tue 06-Nov-12 17:28:40

rice flour, semolina, polenta.

THe krups coffee grinder would be excellent for grinding nuts. I use mine for spices, and it really gets every last bit and I get a fine powder from it. You would have to do it in fairly small batches, but it would work.

Chopstheduck Tue 06-Nov-12 17:29:07

this is the one I have.

TwoIfBySea Wed 07-Nov-12 18:25:51

That's probably true about cheap almond essence! I'll give the others a try for sure.

SpringHeeledJack Thu 08-Nov-12 14:39:10

thanks for the linky, Chops


prettybird Thu 08-Nov-12 14:42:49

Look for cheap almond flavouring not almond essence - should be able to find something suitably artificial synthetic grin

bruffin Fri 09-Nov-12 07:53:09

Dr Oeker do a natural flavouring and a just almond flavour. The natural flavouring has the nut warning, the "almond" flavour does not have the nut warning.

ppeatfruit Fri 09-Nov-12 11:03:52

We've had a Moulinex grinder for many, many years and it's brilliant; I use it almost every day.

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