20 Best Low Carb Almond flour recipes for diabetics

Discover 20 delectable low-carb almond flour recipes tailored for diabetics, ranging from breakfast delights to sweet treats. Learn why almond flour is a diabetic-friendly alternative and find answers to common questions about its use.

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After our daughter’s 2020 diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, I began to explore lower-carb ingredients to help tackle frustrating high blood glucose days. Witnessing her struggle with hunger and feeling like she can’t eat as it will only make high blood sugars even higher, fueled my quest further. Discovering almond flour as a carb-friendly keto-baking alternative offered a welcomed solution in restoring some food freedom for her.

But aside from the diabetes management benefits, almond flour is also a gluten-free and a versatile tasty low-carb alternative to traditional flours. Making it the perfect addition if you are following a keto diet or just a low carb diet.

Living with diabetes doesn’t mean giving up delicious foods. With the right ingredients and recipes, you can still enjoy mouthwatering meals while managing your blood sugar levels. Almond flour is one such diabetic-friendly ingredient. In this article, we’ll explore 20 of my favourite almond flour recipes all crafted with diabetes management in mind.

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Unlocking the Benefits of Baking with Almond Flour

Almond flour or almond meal and ground almonds, is rich in healthy fats, protein, essential nutrients and fibre. Unlike refined white all purpose flour, almond flour has a lower glycemic index, meaning it doesn’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels. Making almond flour a great option for those watching their carbohydrate intake.

Here are a few more reasons that almond flour is my favourite diabetic-friendly baking ingredient:

Low Carbohydrate Content

Almond flour is low in carbohydrates (GI between 0-10) compared to traditional wheat flour. This can be a great help for individuals with diabetes who need to monitor their carbohydrate intake to regulate blood sugar levels effectively. Almond flour (alongside using sugar alternatives) in recipes, helps to remove that additional worry of the blood sugar rollercoaster.

Rich in Protein and Fiber

Protein and fibre are essential components of a balanced diet as they contribute to feeling full and help minimise blood sugar spikes. Almond flour has a higher protein and fibre content than conventional flours, providing an extra nutritious boost to your baked goods. This nutrient profile not only supports blood sugar management but also promotes overall well-being.

Nutritional Prowess

Beyond its macronutrient composition (Carbohydrates, Protein, Fat),  almond flour is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese. These nutrients play vital roles in various bodily functions, such as immune health and bone strength.

Delightful Nutty Flavor

Almond flour has a distinct nutty flavour which in my opinion elevates the taste profile by adding greater depth of flavour. 

Moisture-Retaining Properties

One of the standout features of almond flour is its ability to retain moisture, resulting in moist and tender baked goods. This moisture retention not only creates the perfect texture for your baked goods but also prolongs their freshness.

Gluten-Free Option

For individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, almond flour is a great gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. 

Versatility in Recipes

From cookies and cakes to bread and pizza crusts, almond flour can be seamlessly incorporated into a diverse range of good recipes. Its versatility allows for endless experimentation, however, there are some tricks to be aware of when baking with almond four. So read my article below to discover them along with plenty of helpful tips:

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Baking with Almond Flour

This article looks into the benefits of using almond flour in baking and for diabetes management, how to use it, along with plenty of top tips.

Common Questions About Almond Flour and Diabetes

Can almond flour be used as a 1:1 substitute for regular flour in recipes?


Using almond flour as a 1:1 substitute for regular flour in recipes isn’t always straightforward. Almond flour has unique properties that can affect the texture and consistency of your final dish. While it can work well in certain recipes like pancakes or muffins, it may not yield the same results in others, especially those requiring gluten for structure, like bread. Experimentation and adjustments to other ingredients such as eggs or leavening agents may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome. See my article Baking with almond flour for more information.

Is almond flour suitable for all types of diabetes, including type 1 and type 2?

Yes, almond flour can be suitable for individuals with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It offers a lower carb alternative to traditional flours, which can help individuals manage their blood sugar levels more effectively. However, as with any dietary change, individuals with diabetes need to monitor their carbohydrate intake and blood sugar responses when incorporating almond flour into their meals. Consulting with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian can also provide personalised guidance.

Are there any potential allergens in almond flour that people with diabetes should be aware of?

Yes, individuals with diabetes should also be aware of potential allergens in almond flour. Almonds are tree nuts, and almond flour is made from ground almonds, so there is a risk of allergic reactions for those with nut allergies. Symptoms of a nut allergy can range from mild itching or swelling to severe anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical attention.

20 Delicious Almond flour recipes for diabetics

The compilation of delicious almond flour recipes below have all been created to inspire and support your diabetes management. Living with diabetes doesn’t mean bidding farewell to tasty treats. By choosing almond flour, (and a lower sugar option or artificial sweeteners) you can enjoy mouthwatering sweet treats while keeping those blood sugar levels in check.

Breakfast Delights

Breakfast recipes featuring almond flour offer a delicious and nutritious start to the day for individuals managing diabetes. With their lower carbohydrate content and higher protein and fibre levels, these recipes help support stable blood sugar control. From fluffy almond flour pancakes to hearty breakfast muffins, these morning delights provide a satisfying and diabetic-friendly way to kickstart your day.

Almond Flour Pancakes

Fluffy and delicious, these pancakes are a great way to start your day without worrying about your blood sugar levels. Top with fresh berries for an even bigger and better nutrient hit 

Almond flour muffins

Moist and flavourful muffins packed with protein and fibre can be a great way to start the day when you’re in a hurry or need something to grab and go.

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    Healthy Banana Oat Muffins

    Cooks in 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    These healthy Banana Oat Muffins are packed full of flavour, are gluten free and have a lower (Diabetic) carb count.

  • low carb apple muffins tacked on top of a bowl of apples

    Low Carb Apple Muffins

    Cooks in 55 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Indulge in the delicious world of Low Carb Apple Muffins and discover how these wholesome treats can satisfy your cravings while keeping blood sugar in check

Almond Flour Waffles

Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these waffles are a sugar free treat for breakfast lovers.

  • Almond Flour Waffles

    These almond flour waffles are fluffy and light, with a crispy exterior! Perfect for an easy low carb and keto breakfast!

Desserts and Celebrations

Almond flour dessert and celebration recipes provide delicious yet blood sugar-friendly options for individuals managing diabetes. With their lower carb content and higher protein and fibre levels, these treats offer a great way to satisfy sweet cravings while supporting stable blood sugar control. From decadent almond flour chocolate cake to luscious almond flour cheesecake, these delightful creations make diabetic desserts a pleasure!

Chocolate Brownies

Almond flour brownies offer a rich and fudgy indulgence with a lower carbohydrate content. A delicious diabetic-friendly treat that doesn’t compromise on taste.

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    Almond Flour Chocolate Brownies

    Cooks in 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    These gluten and lower carb count almond flour chocolate brownies have an intensely chocolatey kick. Perfect for an afternoon snack, or served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream as a delicious dessert.

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

    Cooks in 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Theselow carb, gluten and refined sugar-free chocolate peanut butter brownies have an intensely chocolatey kick, perfect for an afternoon snack, or served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream as a delicious dessert.

Cheesecake

Almond flour cheesecake boasts a creamy velvety texture with a nutty buttery crus. A decadent dessert option with lower carbohydrates, ideal for those managing diabetes.

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    Low Carb No Bake Cheesecake

    Difficulty: Easy

    This Low Carb No Bake Cheesecake recipe is not only gluten and refined sugar-free but its also only around 2g of countable carbs per slice!

Cake Recipes

Almond flour cake recipes offer a moist, flavorful, low-carb cake alternative to traditional cakes. They make great diabetic-friendly desserts and can even be layered up for the perfect low carb celebration cake.

  • a slice of low sugar chocolate cake

    Almond Flour Chocolate Cake – Low Sugar

    Cooks in 65 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Fall in love with this deliciously rich and moist gluten-free, diabetic almond flour chocolate cake with reduced carbs and sugar.

  • square piece of sugar free strawberry cake with a strawberry on top

    Sugar Free Strawberry Cake

    Cooks in 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Looking for a delectable and healthy cake bursting with strawberries but want to avoid unnecessary sugar? Then this sugar free strawberry cake recipe is just for you.

  • Whole flourless Almond Orange Cake

    Flourless Almond Orange Cake

    Cooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    A beautiful basic almond cake that is not only gluten and refined sugar-free but it is also a carb count free cake option!

  • slice of coconut raspberry cake on a plate with some of it on a fork

    Coconut and Raspberry Jam Cake

    Cooks in 60 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    A simply delicious gluten free and low (diabetic) carb count coconut and raspberry cake, with a tasty layer of homemade sugar-free jam.

  • complete ginger apple cake cut in squares

    Stewed Apple Cake – No Added Sugar

    Cooks in 70 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Savour the goodness of this gluten-free, sugar-free Stewed Apple Cake, a delightful treat with warm spices for a wholesome indulgence!

Cookie Recipes

Almond flour low carb cookies make great diabetes friendly snacks with their low to zero carb count. Providing a satisfying treat while supporting stable blood sugar levels.

  • closeup of zero carb count almond biscuits stacked in a tin

    Quick Ground Almond Biscuits – Carb & Gluten Free

    Cooks in 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Are you craving a biscuit but don’t want to have to work out the carb count? Then these quick almond biscuits are just what you have been looking for!

  • spiced ginger biscuits in a bowl

    Spiced Ginger Biscuits

    Cooks in 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Savour in the goodness of this low-carb, gluten and sugar-free spiced ginger biscuits! Enjoy the perfect balance of soft and fluffy textures all made in under 30 minutes.

  • Pile of easy savoury cheese biscuits in a bowl

    Easy Savoury Cheese Biscuits

    Cooks in 25 minutesDifficulty: Very Easy

    These easy savoury cheese biscuits are totally moreish thanks to the secret savoury ingredient and diabetic carb count free!

  • column of Chocolate Raspberry thumbprint cookie

    Chocolate Raspberry ThumbprintCookies

    Cooks in 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    These chocolate raspberry thumbprint cookies are fuss-free, use only 1 bowl and are only 2g of (Diabetic) countable carbs per cookie! .

  • closeup of an almond flour oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

    Almond Flour Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cooks in 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Enjoy irresistible almond flour oatmeal chocolate chip cookies – crumbly, soft, and a perfect diabetic-friendly treat without added sugar.

  • banana almond flour cookies on a cooling rack

    Banana Almond Flour Cookies with Peanuts

    Cooks in 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    These banana almond flour cookies with peanuts are gluten and refined sugar-free and for diabetic carb counting only 2g of carbs per biscuit!

The Joy of discovering almond flour recipes

Adding almond flour to your diet is such an easy and tasty addition to your diabetes management toolkit. With its lower carb content, higher protein, healthy fat and high fibre levels, it is also good for your overall health. Deliciously versatile almond flour opens up a world of possibilities for creating diabetic-friendly sweet treats without sacrificing either flavour or satisfaction. Whether you’re whipping up breakfast pancakes, indulging in desserts, or enjoying savoury snacks, almond flour offers a nutritious and delicious way to support blood sugar control. So what are you waiting for, try a delicious almond flour recipe today!

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