Almond Flour

I’ve had a lot of questions about baking with Almond flour, so I thought I’d do a little intro to it for those of you who have never baked with it before. The obvious reason I use it is because my body reacts poorly to grains and it is a fairly easy flour to bake with.

I’ve played with other nut flours, such as pecan and walnut, and found the nut flavors to be too overpowering so I generally stick with Almond or Cashew. It lends a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to the dish, without being overbearing.

Tips
  1. The finer the grind, the better your baked goods will turn out. If you use a course ground flour, your product will be grainy and the texture will be as if you added nuts to the batter.
  2. Nut flours burn easily. Most of my recipes call for a lower baking temperature and longer time than you would use with a normal wheat flour recipe. Keep a close eye on your baked goods though, because all ovens heat differently and I’ve definitely had a few dozen burnt muffins in my time.
  3. Buy in bulk if you plan on baking a lot. Almond flour can get expensive, but most websites you order from will give you a discount if you buy in bulk. You can store the flour in your refrigerator for a month and your freezer for around 6-8 months. If you store in your freezer, just remove the portion you need for your recipe and let thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Almond Meal is different than Almond Flour. Almond Meal is ground almonds with the skin on, while Almond Flour is blanched almonds with the skin removed. I notice that my cakes and cookies are denser and more “mealy” textured, if you will.
Homemade Almond Flour

If you have the time and feel up to the challenge, you can also make your own flour. Although most of the instructions out there say you can just grind up blanched, peeled almonds, I believe you need a grain mill to really get a good finished product. Oh, and if you make it yourself, be careful not to grind it too much or you’ll end up with Almond Butter! I decided to purchase it after trying to make it in my food processor and not getting a fine enough consistency.

*One of the brands you will see commonly is Bob’s Redmill. The first time I tried a recipe I used this brand, and came out with an overly moist and mushy muffin. I don’t recommend buying it, or Trader Joe’s Almond Meal. See below for a list of websites that sell the good stuff.

 

Online Purchasing

Digestive Wellness

This is my favorite site to buy from. They often run specials, and their flour is the finest grind I have come across so far.

Amazon.com

Amazon is probably the most convenient place to order from online. Honeyville is a great brand and delivers consistent results.

 

That should do it! Enjoy your adventures with Almond Flour, and if it doesn’t turn out the first time, try again!

  • Robin

    Is almond flour acceptable for people with thyroid disorders ? I have heard it is goitrogenic .

  • Paula

    I have been GF for some time and use the Williams and Sonoma Cup for Cup flour – does this fit into the paleo recommendations? I have just recently heard about almond and coconut flour. I am also trying to get my family to eat clean and wheat free – I was glad to come across your website and can’t wait to get the book!

    • Against All Grain

      Their cup for cup flour is great for those who are only gluten-free, but contains grains so it is not an option for my recipes. Happy you are liking what you are seeing so far on here!

  • Jen

    I’ve found an easy way to make almond flour. I use a coffee grinder (I use Krups) and packaged blanched slivered almonds. I got blanched slivered almonds from Trader Joe’s ($2.99 for 8 oz) and it takes about 10 -15 seconds to get a nice, finely ground almond flour. It really works. I’ve used it with cookies and it works great. I also like that it’s fresher this way, and pretty inexpensive and readily available, and also a coffee grinder is easy to work with. Most ‘slivered almonds’ are blanched and can be found easily. I like the small packages from Trader Joe’s. I haven’t tried Honeyville, so I can’t compare, but this works well for me.

  • http://www.threelionsfarm.com John

    http://www.threelionsfarm.com has the best almond flour and raw almonds that I have ever had. Their inshell almonds are awesome too!

  • http://AgainstAllGrain Jennifer

    Hi. You say to make the best almond flour you really need a grain mill. Most grain mills can’t handle nuts, and I have been unable to turn up one that can. Which do you use/recommend? Thanks!
    p.s. have recently bought your cookbook and love it!

    • Against All Grain

      I was totally incorrect in saying that piece about a grain mill! I tried one and it did not work at all. I think the best bet honestly is doing small batches in a coffee grinder and then sifting it. It’s the only way I’ve been able to get it remotely close to the Digestive Wellness or Honeyville.

      • Sue

        I bought blanched almonds from Trader Joes and blended them in handfuls in the grain grinder of my VitaMix. It’s a pain, but it is a lot cheaper. I made your chocolate chip cookies today and they came out great. I’m going to now go to the Disgestive Wellness to check out their prices. Your the bomb Danielle!