Weight and volume in food – convert deciliter to grams, cups and ounces

Converting weight and volume in foodHow much does 100 ml flour weigh? Some recipes use ml and some use oz. To be able to follow a recipe it’s good to know how to convert weight and volume.
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Chocolate almond nibs made of white beans

Chocholate almond nibs made of white beansCandy and sweets does not always have to be unhealthy. Almond sweets are great for christmas, or at any other time of year. The butter in these has been replaced by white beans. Don’t tell anyone and they will never know.
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Brussels sprout soup with almonds

Brussels sprout and almond soupA quick and very nice soup that will keep you full for a long time. Brussels sprouts are often recommended as one of the healthiest foods around, so it’s never wrong to fill up with vitamins. Brussels sprouts are in season late autumn and are a good winter food. The soup is vegan and contain no gluten or lactose.
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Cottage cheese bread with sunflower seeds – LCHF

Cottage cheese bread LCHFA nice bread for those eating a little less flour and gluten. The seasoning gives nice flavouring and the sunflower seeds good chewing.
Cooking time: 5 minutes mixing, 15 minutes swelling and 40 minutes baking.
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Almond egg bread in 2 minutes – low carb “bread”

LCHF almond breadAs a bread lover I would not call this real bread, but many on an LCHF diet eat egg bread as substitute for the real thing since it contains very few carbohydrates. This bread is also very quick to make.
Those on a strict LCHF diet can skip the rosehip peel, since they will add 3 of the 5 carbohydrates. For others, keep it, since it adds a nice flavour and lots of vitamin C.
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Cottage cheese pancakes – for brekkie, dinner or a snack

Cottage cheese pancakesThese cottage cheese pancakes are both easy to make and quick to whip together. They work really well with a fruit salad. They contain quite a lot of protein and not too many carbs, so they work well on LCHF diets – just swap the spelt flour for almond flour.
These pancakes work really well as, breakfast a light dinner or a large snack.
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Savoury cheesecake in snack portions

Cheesecake LCHF styleThis cheesecake is great to make in small mini-portions, to use for a snack, for the picnic or after a workout.
You can of course also make the cheesecake in a larger dish, but then it will be harder to bring somewhere. This snack is actually perfect, both for a picnic, a snack and to have in your bag after a workout. There is just 1 g of carbohydrates in each portion, so it’s also perfect for those on a LCHF diet. Stick some in the freezer too, for a future date.
20 snack portions. Cooking time: 50 minutes, 15 minutes preparation and 35 minutes in the oven.
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Comparison between different flours – which contains most protein and which most carbohydrates?

Is the difference really as large between different types of flours that the debates make you think? Is it really THAT much better baking using dinkel flour than ordinary plain wheat flour? Some recipes seem to think that it’s perfectly fine to throw in a cup sugar or two as long as dinkel flour is used in the recipe. I wonder…

Of course it all depends on what you want to achieve by changing flour. If the aim is to eat a little healthier, with fewer fast carbohydrates there does not seem to be a huge gain by changing stark white plain wheat flour for a whole meal dinkel flour. If you are eating LCHF or a diet restricting carbohydrates you may want to count a bit more carefully.

Plain wheat flour contains 10 g of protein, dinkel flour 13 g. That is 30% more, which sounds like a lot, but in reality it’s 3 g. Does that really make a huge difference? Comparing carbohydrates the difference is even less. Wheat flour contains 73 g and dinkel flour 65 g of carbohydrates, a 12% increase. If you are thinking about switching flour and get some proper effect, you are better off choosing soya flour that contains 37 g protein and 16 g carbohydrates. If you don’t like the extremely disgusting taste (in my humble opinion) of the soya flour, there are other options. Almond flour contains 19 g protein and 6 g carbohydrates, chickpea flour contains 22 g protein and 59 g carbohydrates and coconut flour contains 20 g protein and only 4 g carbohydrates. But, I found both chickpea flour and coconut flour hard to get hold of.

The other option is just to half the amount of bread and cookies you eat, and you solved the problem without burying your head too deeply in the flour bag! 🙂

Comparison flours, g of protein and carbohydrates per 100 g

Plain wheat flour
• Protein 10 g
• Carbohydrate 73 g

Graham flour
• Protein 10 g
• Carbohydrate 61 g

Buckwheat flour
• Protein 7 g
• Carbohydrate 76 g

Dinkel flour or spelt flour, whole meal
• Protein 14 g
• Carbohydrate 59 g

Dinkel flour or spelt flour
• Protein 13 g
• Carbohydrate 65 g

Soya flour
• Protein 37 g
• Carbohydrate 16 g

Oat flour
• Protein 19 g
• Carbohydrate 45 g

Almond flour
• Protein 19 g
• Carbohydrate 6 g

Chickpea flour
• Protein 22 g
• Carbohydrate 59 g

Coconut flour
• Protein 20 g
• Carbohydrate 4 g

Good luck with your baking!
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