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Wondering how to make almond flour?

So as many of you know, I have recently given up grains. This produced a HUGE dilemma for me, especially right before the holidays when typically, I bake up a storm.

Wondering how to make almond flour? Here's how! It's easy!

So I went down to my local Whole Foods and started looking at my options for flour (basically, coconut and almond flour). But I was absolutely shocked to find that a small package of almond flour was nearly $12, and it wasn’t even enough for me to make a typical batch of cookies. I was a little perturbed.

Not one to give up easily, I took a close look at the consistency of the flour. I mean, after all, it’s only ground up nuts, right? The only thing I had to do was grind some almonds to a fine consistency.

I finally decided on blanched, slivered almonds. I didn’t want the skins in my “flour”, (which is actually called “almond meal”) so these seemed to be the best and most convenient option.

Clean Eating Almond Flour

I took them home and put them in my food processor. I had to let them blend for about 3-4 minutes with occasional stops to scrape the sides of the bowl. But in the end, I had almond flour that was comparable to what I saw in the store. I was mighty proud of myself. And the resulting cookies were so worth the extra effort!

Clean Eating Almond Flour

But then, it really wasn’t much of an effort since my processor did all the work. But hey, I scraped the sides of the bowl, right? Plus, I paid $2.39 per package (I bought two 8 oz. packs) and ended up with just as much flour as the store package for a fraction of the cost. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Really, it’s very quick and easy.

WHAT TO MAKE WITH ALMOND FLOUR

There are so many wonderful almond flour recipes out there! I have a few for you here, of course, but don’t be afraid to google for more recipes. It’s really pretty amazing what some people do with this stuff!

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HOW TO MAKE ALMOND FLOUR:

Wondering how to make almond flour? Here's how! It's easy!

How To Make Almond Flour

The easiest, fastest way to make almond flour at home.
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Course: Base Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 178kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. blanched almonds (slivered or whole)

Instructions

  • Place almonds in a food processor and blend until you have a relatively fine consistency. It won't be as fine as regular flour, but it will look pretty close.
  • Note: You may want to blend the almonds in smaller batches. I've done this a few times recently, and it seems to blend better in smaller amounts.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

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50 Comments

  1. Amy South says:

    Can almond flour be used in all types of cooking and baking? Or is it best used for specific recipes? I’m looking forward to trying this out!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      There is no gluten. So you can only use it with specific recipes formulated to be gluten free.

  2. Kimberly Holmes says:

    Thank you. I went and bought some almond flour in bulk thinking I will just give it a try and see if I like it but guess I won’t be having many cookies. But now I can make it for myself for way less. Thanks. Once again I love your site.

  3. Thanks for the post. I have thought about making my own too, but haven’t. I’m still in my weight loss phase so home made baked goods are too dangerous for me -definitely a trigger for me.

  4. Does almond flour change the flavor of the end product? How different would breads taste if almond flour is used?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You can’t just switch them out. Wheat and nuts are two completely different things in baking.

  5. You could also try blanching whole almonds yourself. I think this would be an even cheaper option. Love your website and what you do thanks heaps!

  6. Could you do this in a Vitamix or Blendtec? Or would that give you almond butter?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I think you’d end up with almond butter.

  7. Katharine says:

    I agree with you on pricing, so I made my own too this same way with the same kinds of almonds and it turned out so great! My mom was surprised to hear that’s how almond flour is made….so easy! I used it to make a Stollen for her for Christmas 🙂

  8. Trader Joe’s almond meal is like $4. It’s around flour consistency.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ya, but I’ve found that it just doesn’t work as well as the flour. It produces something far more dense.

  9. You can also make almond flour with the leftovers from making almond milk. I soak regular whole almonds then blend them with water and strain through a nut bag to make the almond milk. Then I dry (in a dehydrator or in a low temp oven) what’s left in the nut bag. Lots of recipes online for this. I use two cups of almonds for a gallon of almond milk.

  10. Can you use almond flour in place where whole wheat or all-purpose flour is used?
    Would it be a 1 to 1 exchange, same amount of each?
    How does it effect flavor?

    Thanks
    Linda

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      No, you can’t. Sorry.

  11. This is great!!!!! however I’m surprised in the store it was that much! Did you check the bulk section? That is where I buy mine at Sprouts Market and it is not crazy expensive. You might even want to try and buy your Almonds from bulk…they for sure would be cheaper 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yes, I did check. 🙂

  12. Judy Hagerty says:

    I had in mind to try making almond flour but didn’t want to waste a bag of nuts if it didn’t work. Thanks for being so adventurous and persistent on the behalf of all of us cowards. I would be interested in knowing how to bake with almond flour and if you will be sharing your cookie recipe.

  13. Jan Romeo says:

    Hi,
    I enjoy your blog and have used many recipes. The Sweet Potato Chili is wonderful! Last night I heard a lecture by Sue Becker of http://www.breadbeckers.com and gained tremendous insight about why bread, which sustained most of the world for thousands of years, is now such an unhealthy item. She makes bread that is healing to the body. I suggest you check out her information.
    Jan

  14. I have recently been making almond milk (you can find lots of recipes on the web). Then after you are done making the almond milk, you dehydrate the almond pulp to make almond flour. It is a pretty cool way to make your almond go even farther, and you can use the almonds with the skins still on them (which is quite a bit cheaper) and you will get the exact flour consistency you get in the store!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Awesome! Thanks!

  15. I have been everywhere looking for almond flour in the UK today but couldn’t find any! I didn’t realise that was “all” that was in it. How easy! That’s what I will use in my receipe now as I have silvered almonds in the cupboard anyway! Thanks 🙂

  16. question for you – do you think almond flour would work in place of all purpose flour in sauces like a bechumel?? whole wheat flour gives everything a wheat flavor that the husband just isnt a fan of…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      If you need a gluten free flour, try coconut flour. Almond flour won’t thicken anything. It’s just ground up nuts.

  17. Trader Joe’s sells almond flour for a lot less than that if you don’t want to make it yourself.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Actually, they sell almond meal. There is a difference.

  18. I’ve made my own almond flour too but for a specific recipe. I am wondering, like others, if you can use this flour for general baking.
    Thanks for the great post!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      There is no gluten in this flour. You cannot substitute it for wheat flour. I mean you could, buy you wouldn’t like the outcome much. 🙂

  19. Julie Guevara says:

    How neat! Thanks for sharing!

  20. We buy the big bags of almonds at Sams and i keep them in the freezer. I would then grind up a handful in an old electric coffee grinder and make enough flour to keep in a container in the fridge. I now have a Vitamix and can grind too with that. In fact we make our own peanut butter, no sugar, just peanuts. Thanks for all you share!

  21. I’ve only used almond meal a couple times.
    Once as chicken tenders coating & once for cookies.
    Would love to learn some toher ways you could use as well. Do you think it could be a substitue for whole wheat flour or would it be too heavy?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      No, it can’t be substituted. It has no gluten.

  22. I order all of my almond flour from Honeyville. They have both blanched and unblanched almond flour as well as coconut flour. If you sign up for their email, they also send coupons regularly for 15% off. Great quality, fast shipping. Might be worth price comparing with that site as well.

    I also highly recommend checking out Elana’s Pantry. Her blog is great and has a lot of really good almond flour recipes. I have both of her cookbooks and use them regularly (especially the Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

    Just thought I’d pass the info along! Thanks for all your great info!!

  23. I feel the need to chime in 🙂 I have had to make drastic changes in my diet, cutting out gluten and dairy, which has been quite the experimental journey. In a very roundabout way, it finally brought me to paleo/primal. I initially tried gluten-free flours while in my “gluten-free” phase; brown rice, white rice, etc, and I had a very hard time with both price and taste. Almond flour is, to me, infinitely preferable to any other option I’ve tried in the process. I can’t afford to buy it so have been making my own.

    To address the question of making it in a blender, absolutely, but dont expect a “fine” flour. it is very coarse, like breadcrumbs. I have heard of some using sliced almonds instead of whole, and frozen almonds when grinding, but haven’t tried either. My Vitamix has a special jar specifically to make flours. Yes, it can also make nut butters, but you have to grind for a while longer beyond the “flour” consistency, and to make it really palatable, you need to add a bit of oil, in my experience.

    I buy bags of raw almonds at Costco, I do not blanch them and I use them in any and all baking, on chicken for chicken nuggets and fried chicken, in pie crust, tarts, bread, muffins, etc. I do use specific recipes which call for almond flour. I no longer use my old recipes because they all have ingredients I now know are unhealthy and affect me negatively. I use almond flour pretty much equal to whole wheat flour, which I used previously. I don’t have the time to squeeze every single almond (blanching) so I just grind the whole thing. Our flour contains little dark specks, but so does whole wheat flour. I also make almond bread, which is different than traditional bread; much more dense and heavy, but I don’t have a choice. I like the taste; I also add larger chunks of almonds for a more ” nutty” bread. In cookies, almond flour (homemade) produces a cookie with a different texture than finely-ground flours. it also affects the appearance of the cookie but they taste just as good. Cookies are much flatter and spread quite a bit, but if that bothers you, add a bit more almond flour to keep the dough thicker.

    You are absolutely correct (I’ve tried:), almond flour does not thicken anything. I no longer eat corn or corn products so cornstarch is obviously out. I now use arrowroot starch or tapioca flour for thickener.

    I also make my own coconut flour out of unsweetened, shredded organic coconut flakes. I don’t like the taste of coconut so have tried toasting it first. Don’t! It brings out the oils and makes it even more difficult to get a finer consistency. I cannot get coconut finer than breadcrumbs, either. I use coconut flour much less than almond flour.

    Sorry to have gotten so long-winded! I wanted to address each question from my own trials and tribulations.

  24. Willemijn says:

    I use oatmeal and oatfibers for some of my baking.. It doesn’t work all the time, but when making a crunchy applepie or so, it works fine. The oatmeal gives it a nice crunch by the way:)
    I also bake pancakes with the oatmeal, by making thick porridge with oatmeal and some water and than baking small amounts of it in coconutoil (you might want to add one or two eggs, by the way, but I don’t do that). That works out pretty nicely as well:)

  25. Mica Kucera says:

    Also if you ever make almond milk, you can use those left overs to make almond flour too!

  26. I’m wondering what would happen if you left the skins on? Because I’m sure it’s healthier to eat the skins, like most foods. Would it make a big difference?

    Also – great idea Mica Kucera – make almond milk and use the leftovers for flour! Great idea! Especially since bulk almonds at Sprouts right now are just 2.99/lb!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chelsea – I’m sure it would be fine. I was just trying to replicate the flour I found in the store.

  27. I bought a large bag with the skins on and blanced them myself! it was time consuming…don’t know if i will do it again…but i have an entire bag of blanched almonds now that I can make flour out of at any time needed!!!

    Thanks for the idea! I made a pretty tasty raw cheese cake out of my flour…not sure where i found the recipe but will make it again!!!

    Clean eating is flowing for me now, and my Hubby if finally onboard! yay!

    Thanks for such a great site and recipies!

  28. Looking forward to making my own Almond Flour. Once I purchased my Ninja Kitchen system, I have been making my own Almond milk, peanut and almond butter, breads, hummus, you name it. Once you start reading the labels of products and see what it contains, you would rather make your own. I too can’t have dairy as much as I use to so I’m always looking for products that does not contain dairy and ways to make my favorite dairy dishes without the dairy. It is a challenge. So thank you very much for this website.

  29. Kristy, Thank you so much. I don’t think you were long winded, I found the information very helpful. Thank you.

  30. What a great way to save money.

  31. Angela Kosar says:

    Greetings Tiffany:
    Thank you so much for this post, I wanted to know if you do not use it right away, how long does it last in the fridge?

    Angela

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I would keep it in the freezer for up to about 5 or 6 months.

  32. I .would like some bread recipes, peanut nut butter, and almond butter.

    Thanks!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      They are in the works. 🙂

  33. Cindi Green says:

    I tried this – it turned into almond butter. Which I love! But, I was trying to make flour so I could use it in one of your cookie recipes. Ugh! Where did I go wrong?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindi – What type of almonds did you use and what type of blender/processor?

  34. What kind of food processor do you use. I am not sure I can ask that or not. I keep trying to find one that gives you the best bang for your buck.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jill – I got a Cuisinart off amazon. It was affordable and it gets the job done. But I don’t use a lot of fancy equipment anyway.

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