Low carb, gluten-free tortillas with almond powder, psyllium husk & duck eggs
We love Mexican food, and I always wanted to make tortillas by myself. The question was, how to make it as Bulletproof as possible??? This means no grain and lots of good fat!
The standard flour 8 inch tortilla we used to buy here in Bangkok is from Old El Paso, and it has 19 g of net carb. AND look at all those ingredients they use! Hydrogenated soybean oil, sodium aluminum phosphate, fumaric acid, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, potassium sorbate and calcium propionate! WHY DO THEY HAVE TO USE CORN SYRUP????????
Right now I am so happy with the mixture of almond powder and psyllium husk powder to do my baking so I thought, why not try this out? It is gluten free and grain free. Well, psyllium husks are not exactly grains, they are just fibers…. 🙂
It uses good source of fat: duck eggs and organic olive oil. Yay!
It is possible to replace eggs with chia or flax meal if you are vegan. But we just love our duck eggs too much. They contain a lot more omega 3 and beneficials substances than flax and chia. I have also read that the polyunsaturated fatty acids in these seeds are very unstable and break down when exposed to heat, light or oxygen, becoming somehow toxic. So they’d better be eaten raw.
Overall, we can say, it is fun making them! But beware, the dough is super sticky and you may find it difficult to handle it, but you will get it eventually if you are not so clumsy like my husband! lol
- Almond flour 1.25 cup
- Psyllium husk powder 5 tablespoons
- Himalayan pink salt 1 tsp
- Duck eggs (or normal eggs) x 2
- Water 1 cup (could be less)
- Spices – OPTIONAL (smoked red paprika, sweet basil, oregano, chili, cumin, whatever you like!) but I like having my tortillas to have a bit of taste.
About 2-3 tablespoons of oil like olive oil to shape the dough. I wouldn’t use more water as it will make the dough softer and you will lose control over it!
I used red psyllium husk powder that’s why the dough looks a bit reddish. Look at the egg yolks, so orange!
DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS TO MIX – you will definitely waste more than half of the precious dough on your hand, which you will never manage to get rid of! It will only take few minutes until the psyllium sucks all the water in.
To make 10 portions out of it, I carefully weight every portion to go on a silicon sheet. but I think next time I will make it much bigger. You cannot make this so thin so the tortillas ended up being a bit smaller than I thought.
I don’t know how people who share these tortillas recipe manage to roll it out. The dough was far too soft and it got stuck everywhere. The only way which worked for me was to use my fingers to press the dough down and form it into quasi-round shape like this. But the tricky part is to take it out without breaking it.
The best way was to try to transfer the thin dough on my hand like this and throw it onto the frying pan carefully. I tried to lift it with my fingers but it just broke the dough so I gave up.
If the dough gets folded, just TRY to correct it. If not….. oh well, it’s not the end of the world! You can bake it or fry it to make it into tortilla/taco chips!
Et voila!!! it is not perfect but we did it! It looks like a lot of work, but I made it with Tobias (who is a great sous-chef) and it was really fun! If we used 2 frying pans to make them, it would have been much quicker. and next time if we just make 6-8 pieces, it would be done in a minute!
The best thing about psyllium husk is that the tortillas will always be soft because it locks the moisture in. They do not stick with each other unlike wheat/corn tortillas. Has this ever happened to you? You freeze your tortillas and they form a BLOCK???
So….. what can we do with them? We wrapped some grass-fed ground beef with some taco spices…. hmmmm yum!!! Taco spices are super easy to make. Just mix chili powder with ground cumin, sea salt, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic/onion powder, and oregano.
Guacamole is also easy. Sea salt, lime juice, cumin, paprika, chili, occasionally I put turmeric as well. And fresh coriander!
You can also make taco chips if you fry those. Or taco shells when you bake them in the oven. I would try those soon, too!
Here are some nutritional information. 2.4g net carb!!! almost 5g fiber!
IMPORTANT: because this recipe contains a lot of psyllium husk, make sure you drink a lot of water!!! Remember, one tortilla contains almost 5 g of fiber! It will make you feel very full, believe me, two pieces were more than enough!
Enjoy making your own tortillas!