When I learned how to make almond meal, how friggin’ easy it is / how much money you save, I’ll never buy it again. Never!
Literally friends, 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 recipes.
So read along, and I’ll show you how to make almond meal, plus what you need to know about storing, using and variations of this core ingredient. Use this table of contents to skip to the section you’re looking for:
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What is Almond Meal
What is almond meal you ask? It’s a low carb flour made from ground almonds. It’s the saving grace behind many low carb desserts or any low carb bread recipe. Nutritionally speak, in ¼ cup of almond meal there are 160 calories and 6 grams of carbs.
For the sake of comparison, ¼ cup of wheat flour has 124 calories and 24.8 grams of carbs. See why I love it so?
How to Make Almond Meal
Almond meal is one of the easiest low carb shopping list ingredients to make at home to scratch your DIY itch. Plus it can save you a ton of money in the long run!
Here’s how you make it:
- Place almond in the food processor and attach the lid.
- Pulse the nuts in the food processor, holding the pulse button down for 1 second at a time. (DO NOT press “on” and walk away). Pulse 20 times, holding for a second each time.
- Remove the lid of your food processor and scrape down the sides to ensure everything combines.
- Repeat these steps until you get the almond meal grain to the grain you’re looking for. I usually repeat these steps 4-5 times.
*Although the pictures show how to make almond meal in vitamix, follow the same instructions for how to make almond meal food processor.
How to Make Almond Flour + Meal Coarsely Ground vs. Fine Grain
Changing the grain size of your almond meal is as easy as processing the almonds more/less — which is why almond meal is so versatile.
Follow how to make super fine almond flour when making almond flour bread, or any sort of baked goods. Follow how to make almond flour from ground almonds for low carb bread crumbs, or adding a crunch to your recipes. If you’re looking for how to make almond flour for macarons, make your almond meal super super super fine grain!
How to Make Almond Milk + Meal at The Same Time!
If you’ve already followed the how to make almond milk instructions, don’t throw away that pulp! Instead, make some almond meal! But your how to make almond meal from almond milk instructions will be slightly different:
Preheat oven to 200 F and spread your almond pulp in a thin and even layer on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the oven for 1-1.5 hours. Check every 30 minutes and stir the almond meal. Once it’s dried, place almond meal into a completely dry blender or food processor to break up and clumps.
Storing Homemade Almond Flour + Meal
Store your homemade almond flour / meal in a labeled, airtight container in the fridge. I don’t suggest freezing almond meal, as you want to prevent moisture from seeping into the flour. (this will create problems when baking)
The Difference Between Almond Meal vs Almond Flour
Almond meal is known as the flour used in those tasty and colorful French macaroons — but with the rise in popularity of low carb foods, almond meal is becoming a household staple.
Although most recipes call for almond flour, almond meal can be used in its place — the difference between almond meal vs almond flour is that almond flour is made from blanched almonds, (i.e. almonds without skins). Almond meal contains almond skins. Although this doesn’t affect the taste or consistency, it’ll add small brown flecks to your recipe.
Another difference between almond meal vs almond flour only applies with store bought products: almond meal is typically more coarse than almond flour — but when you follow these how to make almond meal instructions, you can make the grain as fine/coarse as you’d like.
Many prefer the look of almond flour recipes as the grain looks more similar to wheat flour — but if that doesn’t bother you, almond meal is a less expensive way to achieve the same taste and consistency.
* How to make almond flour from almond meal would be a complete nightmare. Start with the right almonds for the job and follow the how to make almond meal or flour instructions accordingly.
Is Almond Meal a Healthier Almond Flour Substitute?
Let’s be honest, who knows much you’ll actually benefit from eating this almond flour substitute, but it’s worth mentioning!
Baking with Almond Flour + Meal
Baking with almond flour is a bit of an adjustment, and isn’t as simple as swapping wheat flour for almond meal. In fact, converting gluten recipes to low carb variations typically requires additional ingredients and TLC — when getting started, I suggest following almond flour recipes instead of making your own swaps and variations.
Almond Meal Substitute
As far as low carb flours go, the best almond meal substitute is pecan or sunflower meal. I’ve struggled to find these in stores, but they’re easy to make using these how to make almond meal instructions below!
Where to Buy Almond Flour + Meal
If you’ve decided this is more work then you’re looking for, you can easily a grab a bag at the store! Almost every stores sell almond meal — now, where to buy almond flour can be a tad tricker.
How to Make Almond Meal Recipe
There you have it, everything you need to know and more about this how to make almond meal recipe! Let me know how making almond meal goes in the comments below! Be sure to mention the yummy recipes you work up.
Pst, looking for more almond flour resources? Check out the resources below the recipe.
How To Make Almond Meal
- 1 Cup of Almonds with Skin
Add almonds to a very dry food processor or blender.
Secure the lid. Pulse the almonds in the food processor for 1 second at a time, 20 times.
Remove the lid. Using a spatula, 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.
- For almond flour, use blanched almonds (almonds without the skin)
- 1 cup almonds produces around 1 ¼ cup almond meal
- If using a high speed blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix, pulse the almonds 10 times before scraping down the sides. You won’t need to process the almonds as much as you would if using a food processor — I usually pulse the almonds 10 times to get them grain size I’m looking for.
Nutrition information will vary based on the specific products. To be safe, check the nutrition facts labels of your products. Optional object listed above have been left out of nutritional data.
How to Blanch Almonds
Looks matter when it comes to baked goods — and if you decide your treats will taste better without the flecks, then blanch your almonds! How to blanch almonds is surprisingly easy — just soak your almonds in boiling water, then pinch the almonds to peel off the skin — easy peasy.
Coconut Flour vs Almond Flour
If you’re looking for an easy almond flour substitute, coconut flour is not the one to turn to. Yes, they’re both low in carbs, gluten free and paleo — but when it comes to flavor, consistency and baking traits, coconut flour vs almond flour speak different languages.
Check out my guide to low carb flours to learn more.
Almond Flour Recipes
Almond flour recipes make the low carb world go round! There are tons of delicious items you can work up, from low carb pie crust to cinnamon swirl almond bread — check out these delicious low carb recipes and see how tasty it can be!