Make some homemade almond meal thanks to this super easy recipe. This gluten-free flour can be used in a number of recipes to make your baked goods gluten-free or simply to add moisture and nutrition. For the best grain-free baking, you can’t go wrong with this low-carb flour!
You can buy almond flour and meal at the store, but you can save plastic bags and money by making it at home. Besides, having more of it around means you can add it to so many of your favorite baked goods. I sometimes add up to a quarter cup of almond pulp flour to my baked goods, like these vegan brownies. It adds a bit of tenderness and nutrition to boot.
What’s the Difference Between Almond Meal and Almond Flour?
Processing raw almonds with the skin into a flour-like consistency creates what we refer to as almond meal. You can make almond flour by removing the skins in a process called blanching. Processing blanched almonds creates a much finer and lighter flour, called almond flour. Both flours can be used in a number of recipes, but almond flour has a lighter flavor and consistency. Because of the skins, flour from raw almonds is darker and the texture is a bit heavier.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using raw almonds makes the best almond nut meal because they have a dry, but soft consistency
- Making this flour using either a food processor or a blender is easy
- Buying almonds in bulk means you can create an almond nut meal at a moment’s notice!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Raw Almonds — You can buy raw almonds at places like Costco, grocery store chains, or health food stores.
What Almonds are Best
When making flour from whole almonds (with the skin), raw almonds are best. When it comes to “raw” almonds, they are not technically raw as they typically are heated for pasteurization purposes. However, there is a noticeable difference in texture between pasteurized raw and roasted almonds. I mostly buy raw almonds at Costco, but you can find them in bulk at health food stores like Sprouts.
How to Make Almond Meal
You can make your flour either in a food processor or blender.
- Food Processor Method: Add almonds to a food processor and pulse in short bursts until the almonds are broken down into flour.
- Blender Method: Add almonds to a blender jar and pulse in short bursts until the almonds are broken down into flour.
Here are more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos:
Step One: Add Almonds to a Blender
Add almonds directly to the blender.
Step Two: Process to Create Meal
Whether you’re using a food processor or a blender your goal is to process the nuts into a fine, flour-like powder. Here are my favorite steps for doing that:
- Add the almonds to a food processor or high-speed blender.
- Pulse on low speed until broken down into smaller pieces.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and below the blades.
- Pulse again, gradually increasing the speed to high until you achieve a flour-like consistency.
Does almond meal go bad?
Both almond flour and meal are made from almonds, which contain a high percentage of fat. Those fats can go rancid quite easily so I recommend storing flours made from almonds in the fridge or freezer where it can keep for months.
Does almond meal have carbs?
The amount of carbs in the coarser meal flour is the same as in finer almond flour, roughly 4 net carbs per serving.
Is almond meal gluten-free?
Meal flour made from almonds is entirely gluten-free, making it a great choice for those eating a gluten-free diet. It can be used alone in baked goods or added to gluten-free flour to create a softer texture.
Baking with Almond Meal
- Flour Substitution — You can use almond nut meal 1:1 for all-purpose flour, but it does require using an egg replacer such as a mashed banana, a Flax Egg or a Chia Egg. In fact, changing out flours can be a tricky thing when it comes to getting the binding right in Vegan Baking.
- Flour Enhancer — You can use nut meal in addition to all-purpose flour. Simply reduce the all-purpose flour in your recipe by about ¼ cup and use almond flour or meal instead. You’ll love how nut flours add delicious moisture and soft texture to your baked goods, such as Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies or Vegan Carrot Cake.
Why should you consider using nut flour? Because of the almond’s nutrition! First of all, almonds are low-carb, (with 3 net carbs per serving), making them perfect for keto diets. Almonds are also highly nutritious. They’re a great source of fiber, Vitamin E, magnesium, and more!
Almonds, like most nuts, have oils that can go rancid when exposed to heat and/or humidity. Transfer the meal flour immediately to an airtight container and keep it at room temperature in a cool, dry cupboard for up to a month or in the fridge for up to a year. You can freeze it in freezer-safe containers/bags for up to 2 years.
Almond Meal Recipes
You can use ground meal from almonds in place of all-purpose flour in a number of recipes. Here are some recipes that use almond pulp flour or almond flour:
Almond Nut Meal
- 1 cup raw almonds
- Food Processor Method: Add almonds to a food processor and pulse in short bursts until the almonds are broken down into smaller bits. Use a rubber spatula to remove any almond bits on the side or bottom of the bowl. Repeat processing until a flour texture is achieved.
- Blender Method: Add almonds to a blender jar and pulse in short bursts until the almonds are broken down into smaller bits. Use a rubber spatula to remove any almond bits on the side or bottom of the jar. Repeat processing until a flour mixture is achieved.
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