Homemade Almond Meal (Gluten Free and Low Carb)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012













Making your own almond meal might be the easiest thing you will ever do in the kitchen.  Like easier than making a cup of Keurig coffee easy.  PLUS you will save lots of money...who doesn't like that?

So what's so great about almond meal...
  • It's  super low carb.  1/4 cup of almond meal has only 2 grams of effective carbohydrate compared to 1/4 cup of wheat flour which has 23 grams of carbohydrate.  That is a big difference.
  • It's gluten free
  • Low glycemic (has minimal impact on blood sugar levels)
  • Healthier baking option for people with diabetes (I am type 1) and those who eat a Paleo diet
  • It is not processed and all natural
What you will need:
  • Blanched almonds (almonds without the skin) I buy mine in bulk at my local natural market.
*You can also use regular almonds you will just need to use a flour sifter to get some of the excess skin out of the batch...or leave it in there it is up to you.  It will still taste good either way. 

Directions:
  1. Take up to two cups of almonds and place in a food processor.  
  2. Process the almonds until you have a nice fine powder.  It takes me about 45 seconds but since everyone has a different food processor your time may be more or less.  Do not over process or you will end up with almond butter
  3. Place your almond flour in an airtight container and place in the fridge. 
  4. DONE.  How easy is that?





This is not only easy but it takes just seconds to whip up yourself.  So what can you make with almond meal? Tons of yummy things like...

Flourless Snickerdoodle Cookies

Baked Thyme Onion Rings

Flourless Blueberry Scones

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Muffins (Mmmmm)

Skinny Pancakes (Heaven)




19 comments:

JM said...

That's it?! That's so easy!!

Nourish said...

So simple!! Love it!

Shug in Boots {Beth} said...

genius! thanks!

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Seriously? I can't believe it's that easy!

Natalya said...

What a piece of cake! Will definitely have to give it a go!

Natalya, Ruff House Art

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

i love cooking/baking with almond meal!!! there is a recipe my mom shared with me that you would love!!! it is basically scallops coated in almond meal & lemon juice, pan-fried with chopped parsley...YUM!!! XO brynn

Jamie said...

Since you make muffins with it, do you think I could use this for the flour in a carrot cake? The almond taste would be nice. I have been thinking about my carrot cake recipe. I thought I would subsitute the oil with applesause (which I have done in the past), the sugar with coconut sugar and was trying to figure out what to do with the flour..and icing which takes powdered sugar.

colleen said...

question - can you substitute almond meal for flour 1:1 in recipes? thanks if you get the time to answer!

daileeblossom said...

Great post! I actually just blogged about a muffin recipe (Vanilla Date Pear Muffins) that I made using almond flour. Feel free to check it out if you want to find a way to use up your AF! :)

Tonia L said...

Wow! That is easy to make!

Sarah said...

I love this. Not only that you show us how to do it, but that you provided recipes too! Awesome!!!

- Sarah
agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Alexa said...

Yum! And I'm with Sarah, really happy to have some recipe ideas!

Rachael said...

I guess I should start paying you for all the time you've saved me and ideas you've generated... You're a genius.
I had no idea how almond meal was made!

Marie said...

I have a question-- I make my own almond milk and I always soak the almonds first to get rid of something that makes them slightly harder to digest. Can you soak and let dry and then process?

Also, I have tons of meal leftover after almond milk and I have been throwing it away. I wish there was an easy way to use it bc it is essentially wet flour! Any ideas?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Marie- Of course you can! :) Have you tried baking with the leftover meal? I would give that a shot!

434AT3M3 said...

Have you every tried macadamia nuts instead of almonds? Almonds contain mostly omega-6 which is inflammation causing while macadamias are mostly omega-9 which reduces inflammation. Anyone???

Angelina Brownrigg said...

The thing that I love in this recipe is that it is low glycemic. I am careful with what I eat especially when it comes to sweet foods because I am diabetic.

Ginny said...

How to make almond paste, or is it best to buy it in the store?

k Young said...

I would like to add a step for the recipe. Sift the processed meal/flour process or grind any large chunks then place in airtight container.

Sifting does help aerate and keep nut meals or flours from clumping in addition to keeping pesky chunks from making it into recipes (especially when you want a soft or fine texture like cakes, muffins or biscotti)

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