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Substituting Almond Meal for Soda Crackers

Commented on October 15, 2014
Created October 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I am looking to make a meat loaf recipe that calls for ~1/2 cup crushed soda crackers as filler. I'm thinking of using a seasoned almond flour "breadcrumb" mixture in place of the soda crackers, but I am not sure of the ratio to use. Since this is meat loaf, and not a cake recipe, I think the almond meal should be sufficient and more cost effective than using almond flour. I know there are lots of ratios on the 'net for almond flour to wheat flour, but I have yet to stumble across anything that would help with a substitution for crushed soda crackers.

I'd appreciate any advice...

 

So...can I really just sub 1/2 cup almond meal

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on October 14, 2014
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Sorry...didn't finish my thought apparently...can I jus sub 1/2 of almond meal for thre crackers, or should I try something like making "crackers" out of the almond meal or tapioca flour?

Very new to Paleo, but have found it to be incredibly helpful for weight loss. Just trying to find anything I can use to make a good mushroom/beef meatloaf and this recipe calls for something very un-Paleo.

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Just add almond meal until you get to your desired consistency. I don't have a recipe for meatloaf, as what I put in in changes each time. 

1 pound ground beef, 1 egg, black pepper, tomato paste, fish sauce… mix and then add almond meal. Make a loaf shape on bake (~350F) on a bed of sliced onions in a loaf pan until done (~1 hour).

Here's a "paleo" meatloaf recipe, but I think it has way too much almond meal in it. http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/entrees/beef/paleo-meatloaf/

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on October 15, 2014
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The problem is that the soda crackers are absorbent, and add some moisture to the meet.  Almond meal doesn't give the same effect.  I have found that chopping up mushrooms and summer squash like zucchini really fine and using it in place of the breadcrumbs (or saltines in your case) works pretty well.  I also add an extra egg to hold it together. 

If you have finicky kids, chop the veggies really fine so they don't know they are there.  One of my kids would gag if she knew there were mushrooms in it. 

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on October 15, 2014
at 06:16 PM

This is great because the recipe does call for mushrooms (and onions, of course) already. No kids to worry about so any veggies will do. It is the density that is my concern since I could always just make hamburgers and a couple of eggs instead of making meatloaf otherwise. 

Sounds like I am on the right track...thanks!

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on October 15, 2014
at 04:42 PM

Since going paleo I have never used a breadcrumb substitute in meatloaf. It comes out fine without it. I do add a lot of parsely and chopped vegetables to keep the loaf from getting too dense. 

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