As a general rule, when baking with any type of gluten-free flour, don’t expect your batter to rise or to have the same texture as when using wheat flours. Wheat flours contain a protein called gluten that helps dough rise and become airy.

First of all, let’s point out the difference between almond flour and almond meal:

almond meal and almond

  • to make almond flour you grind blanched almonds (peeled);
  • to make almond meal, you grind almonds with their skins left on; the texture is coarser; almond meal can help baking products to confine their shape.

If you aim for a soft, fine texture of your baking product, then use almond flour instead of the almond meal when baking.

In terms of nutrition, almond flour and almond meal are close to identical. Both contain minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, calcium and manganese, vitamins as vitamin E and monounsaturated fat.

Almond flour and almond meal are a gluten-free flour and they can replace wheat flours at a 1:1 ratio when baking waffles, for example. It contains more calories than wheat flours because almond flour is low in carbohydrates and high in fats.

What we need:

  • Whole, raw, unsalted and not roasted almonds;
  • a high power blender, a grinder or a food processor. I use a coffee grinder.

How to make the almond meal:

1.Grind the whole almonds to get a flourish texture but be careful not to grind them too much as the almond meal will end up oily.

almonds for almond meal

2. Remove the large pieces and repeat the process as long as needed.

3. Use almond meal straight away or store it in an airtight container for a few weeks.

homemade almond meal

Easy and healthy!

How to make the almond flour:

almond skin on unpeeled and flour

1.In a pot, boil some water and soak the unpeeled almonds for maximum one minute. Soaking the almonds more than one minute makes them softer.

2. Rinse the almonds with cold water.

3. Unpeel the almonds using your hand by gently squeezing them and remove the skin.

All of them:

4. Dry the skinlees almonds using a paper towel.

5. Add the unpeeled almonds in the high power blender (food processor, coffee grinder) and pulse until you get the flour texture. Keep in mind again not to process the almonds too much as they become oily.

6. Remove large pieces and grind the large pieces again; repeat the process as many times as needed.

homemade almond flour

7. Use almond meal straight away or store it in an airtight container for a few weeks.

Both almond meal and almond flour keep their natural taste and give a nutty and sweet flavour to baked goods.

P.S.: You might also find interesting this other healthy option: chickpea flour.

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35 thoughts on “How to quickly make healthy almond flour and almond meal at home:

  1. Oh my goodness. I love love love this!!! Super easy to make with not too many ingredients… not to mention it’s super healthy. Thank you for sharing this because I know a few people who might be interested in making almond flour.

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  2. I love almond nuts, especially because they are really healthy. I can eat them all day, thank you for giving me more options on the ways I can equally prepare them.

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    1. Hi, Mary; you know, after making almond flour for the first time, my little one decided she likes almonds unpeeled, so now I have to unpeel them for her. I am glad you found this useful.

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  3. Yes, Almonds are very healthy nutritious. Thanks for your simple methods of making almond flour.

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  4. This is amazing. I am so glad I stumbled upon this post. I am trying to stay away from all-purpose flour and was wondering how to make almond flour at home.

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    1. Hi; of course you can use it to make bread, but I assume it needs to be mixed with another type of flour. I should try this too, that’s an excellent idea; thanks for it!

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