How To Make Almond Flour
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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.
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.
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!
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!
- Grain Free Crackers
- Irish Spice Bread – This is beyond yummy!
- Low Carb Muffins
- Cranberry Upside Down Cake
- Air Fryer Fish N’ Chips
- Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
HOW TO MAKE ALMOND FLOUR:
How To Make Almond Flour
- Food processor
- 1 lb. blanched almonds (slivered or whole)
- 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.
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!!
Chelsea – I’m sure it would be fine. I was just trying to replicate the flour I found in the store.
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!
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.
Kristy, Thank you so much. I don’t think you were long winded, I found the information very helpful. Thank you.
What a great way to save money.
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?
I would keep it in the freezer for up to about 5 or 6 months.
I .would like some bread recipes, peanut nut butter, and almond butter.
They are in the works. 🙂
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?
Cindi – What type of almonds did you use and what type of blender/processor?
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.
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.