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Tigernuts are easy to use in your kitchen and a wonderful addition to your snacking, baking, and beverage repertoire. In fact, tigernuts can even be incorporated into savory dishes! Becuase of their high fiber content, it’s a good idea to slowly introduce them into your diet if you are not used to eating high fiber. Here are some tips and tricks on how to use tigernut flour and tigernuts at home.
Tigernut flour has a nutty, sweet, cinnamon like taste what goes excellent in baked goods. It is slightly grittier in texture than wheat flour, but this can be remedied by sifting the flour before use.
Can it be used 1:1?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it will change the taste and texture of the recipe. Tigernut flour doesn’t have the same binding properties as wheat flour, and it has a denser texture and nuttier taste. I find it’s best when accompanied with a starch such as arrowroot, potato, or tapioca in some baked goods.
Although no flour can truly replace wheat flour exactly, tigernut flour is by far the best grain free alternative. It is closest to almond flour, with the density.
Tigernut flour works excellent in baked goods, including pancakes, waffles, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, scones, and more. However, it can also be used in more savory foods such as biscuits within the right recipe. It is delicious on it’s own, however sometimes a starchy sidekick such as arrowroot starch helps bind the recipe.
Tigernut flour is gritty in texture, and denser than wheat flour. It can be sifted to remedy this, however I enjoy it exactly how it is.
Soaking tigernuts breaks down the outer layer, which can be hard to chew, and makes the tigernuts easier to consume and digest as a snack. If you’re making milk, soaking the tigernuts is an essential step before processing them into a liquid.
Tigernuts are a fun, crunchy, and allergy friendly snack. I find them best tolerated when soaked or peeled.
If you have sensitive teeth, it’s best to soak tigernuts for at least 8-12 hours before consumption.
Tigernut milk is a wonderful alternative to cow’s milk and other vegan milks. It’s nutty, sweet taste blends extremely well with cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup or honey. It can be used in any recipe, or consumed as is. It’s great for children as well.
Tigernut milk is traditionally known as horchata, and as such can be made into a nutritious and delicious beverage perfect for any celebration!