Once you learn how to make almond meal and see how easy it is, you’ll never buy storebought again!
Similar to how to make almond flour and how to make almond milk, all you need is a food processor and almonds, and in under five minutes, you’ll have more almond meal than you know what to do with! (Which is a good problem to have when cooking gluten-free, paleo, or low carb almond flour recipes.)
Prefer blanched almond flour? Check out this how to blanch almonds guide — just one (easy) extra step!
So read along, and I’ll show you everything you need to know!
So many reasons to love this homemade almond meal, to name a few…
- Late-night baking and you just realized you’re out of flour? NO PROBLEM! Toss those almonds in a blender and you’re well on your way to baking bliss.
- Serious bragging rights — You can make your own low carb, keto, paleo, and vegan flour!
- Takes 5 minutes to make.
- ¼ cup of almond meal has 160 calories and 6 grams of carbs.
Truly, not much to this low carb flour DIY…
All you need are… wait for it… almonds!
Now, almond meal is traditional made from almonds with the skin ON — whereas almond flour is made from blanched almonds. But, technically, you can use whichever you prefer.
Just know that using almonds with the skin on will leave small brown flecks in your baked goods.
Something important to mention — when it comes to storebought almond meal vs. almond flour, MEAL will be a coarser grain size than FLOUR. This (believe it or not) makes a big difference in baking, as the finer the grain, the more “flour-like” you goodies will be.
Tools To Make
Make this flour in a food processor or blender.
If you’re looking for a finer grain (again, this is best for baked goods) you’ll also want a mesh strainer to sift out the larger pieces, and place them back into your food processor.
Store your meal in an airtight container in the fridge. I don’t suggest freezing this flour, as you want to prevent moisture from seeping into the flour (this will create problems when baking).
How to Make Meal + Milk (At the Same Time!)
Did you know you can make almond meal from the leftover pulp you collected from making almond milk?!
Make your milk per instructions, then preheat the oven to 200 F and spread your almond pulp in a thin and even layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 1-1.5 hours. Check every 30 minutes and stir the meal. Once it’s dried, place meal into a blender or food processor to break up and clumps.
Replace almond meal with almond flour using a 1:1 swap in all your favorite recipes! To name a few…
- Gluten-free bread recipes. Almond flour is my favorite gluten-free/low carb flour when making low carb bread. See my tips below for a perfectly fluffy loaf of almond flour bread!
- Legit and crispy low carb crackers, perfect for dipping, cheese, and ALL.
- Low carb wraps and tortillas that are actually pliable. Because lettuce wraps are boring…
- Just as good as wheat flour almond flour chocolate chip cookies and almond flour peanut butter cookies.
Baking with Almond Flour + Meal
Baking with almond meal (and flour) takes a bit of getting used to. Gluten (the protein found in wheat flour) acts as a glue to bind ingredients together while adding fluff.
Without it, we’ll need to add a few gluten-free staples to low carb recipes to ensure they’re as “bread-like” as possible.
- Binding agent. I use a combination of xanthan gum, psyllium husk, or additional eggs.
- Adding fluff. My favorite ingredients for this are psyllium husk, ground flaxseed, unflavored whey protein, or additional baking soda/powder.
How To Make Almond MealPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 1 Cup Almonds
- Add almonds to a very dry food processor or blender.
- Secure the lid. Pulse the almonds using 1-second intervals, 20 times.
- Remove the lid and use a spatula to clean the sides and under the blade to ensure all the nuts get processed.
- Repeat steps 2-3 as many times as you would like, until your almond meal is the grain size you’re looking for — I usually do this process 4-5 times.
- If you're looking for a finer grain size, place almond meal through a mesh strainer, and continue to process any almonds that were not fine enough to pass through the strainer.
- Store in the fridge, and enjoy!
There you have it, everything you need to know and more about this how to make almond meal recipe! Let me know how it goes in the comments below! Be sure to mention the yummy recipes you work up.