40+ Keto Baked Goods Made Without Almond Flour (cookies, brownies, breads, cakes, muffins, & more!)
If you’re doing a lot of keto/low-carb baking, you’re probably using a lot of almond flour, right? Here are over 40 allergy-friendly, keto baked goods made without almond flour, including cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, breads, and more!
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Originally published on June 20, 2019. Last modified on October 20, 2020.
I remember the first time I baked with almond flour.
Many moons ago — when being grain-free and paleo was all the rage.
I baked some brownies — the source of the recipe fails me just now — and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
How could these brownies — made out of NUTS — be so brownie-like? It was magical.
I was sold. Almond flour has been part of my pantry ever since. Heck, I even wrote a low-carb dessert eBook with almond flour as the primary ingredient in most of the recipes!
Well, I’ve learned a little bit since then…
And while I don’t plan to avoid almond flour for good, I am reducing my use of it. A lot.
To recap that post, here are my 7 reasons for limiting the use of almond flour:
#1 — Our massive consumption of almonds just isn’t sustainable.
Over a gallon of water is required to grow just one almond. California grows 85% of the world’s almonds — and it’s been in the worst drought in its recent history.
#2 — Almonds are high in phytic acid.
This antin-nutrient binds to minerals, preventing their absorption by our bodies. It can also cause tooth decay and digestive issues, leading to intestinal permeability.
#3 — A diet high in nuts, nut flours, nut butters, and nut milks can cause tummy troubles, like constipation.
#4 — Our perception of how many nuts we’re actually eating is skewed.
When we eat a muffin or slice of cake made with almond flour, we’re eating way more than a small handful of almonds. So, eating a lot of baked goods with almond flour causes us to eat a lot more than we realize. Which can lead too…
#5 –Almond flour is high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs).
The recommended amount of nuts to eat per day is a small handful. Any more than that, and we throw off the balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids, consuming more Omega 6 and PUFAs, which are inflammatory to the body.
#6 — Almond flour is expensive!
All those grain-free almond flour muffins, brownies, pancakes, and waffles are costing you a LOT of dough!
#7 — Almond flour baked goods aren’t safe for nut-free school zones.
With food allergies on the rise, many schools are banning nuts. So, those almond flour cookies you want to put in your kids’ lunchboxes are out. Or, you can’t show up to class parties with almond flour cupcakes.
Now, have I got a “treat” for you! 😉
I’ve rounded up over 40 Keto Baked Goods Made WITHOUT Almond Flour — just in case you think I make some good points and want to use less almond flour in your home, too.
Grain-free baked goods are still treats and should be eaten in moderation and not in place of WHOLE FOODS like pastured meats, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats.
40+ Keto Baked Goods Made Without Almond Flour
If you eat keto or low-carb, you know that a large majority of baked goods are made with almond flour. This is because it’s low in carbs and suited to making breads, brownies, cookies, muffins, and more. So, you can be keto and still enjoy your favorite baked goods.
However, the more keto baking I do, the more I’m moving away from almond flour — for the reasons listed above.
That’s not to say that you’ll never see an almond flour recipe from me again… you probably will. 😉
But, I do think almond flour is over-used as a grain-free flour and tends to skew people’s perceptions about the amount of nuts and grain-free treats they’re eating.
And yes, even savory, grain-free bread is still a treat. 🙂
Therefore, I’ve rounded up the best keto baked goods made without almond flour that I could find. Believe me, this wasn’t easy!
Here, you’ll find sweet treats without almond flour, such as brownies, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, and bars. You’ll also find keto breakfast baked goods, like muffins, pancakes, donuts, and waffles, made without almond flour.
And finally, there are a few savory almond flour-free breads and biscuits!