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Almond Flour or Meal: How to Use it and Where to Get It

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Updated May 30, 2014

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What is Almond Flour? What is Almond Meal?:

Almond flour and meal are both just ground up almonds. Almond flour is most often made with blanched almonds (no skin), whereas almond meal can be made either with whole or blanched almonds. In either case, the consistency is more like corn meal than wheat flour. I find that for the most part they can be used interchangeably.

What is Almond Flour/Meal Good For?:

Almond flour is good in "quick-bread" type recipes, like muffins, nut breads, and pancakes (see recipes below). It's not good for foods such as bread that require a real dough (you can't knead it). Usually, more eggs are required when baking with almond meal to provide more structure. Almond meal can also be used in breading fish, but care must be taken not to burn it.

Carbs in Almond Meal

Half a cup of ground almonds contains about 10 grams of carbohydrate, 6 of which are fiber, for a net carb count of 4 grams of carbohydrate. That half cup also contains 10 grams of protein, 23 grams of fat, and 273 calories.

Can I Make My Own Almond Flour?:

Yes, you can make it in a blender or food processor, though care must be taken not to go too far, or you will have almond butter! Use fairly small amounts, and pulse until it's meal.

Where Can I Get Almond Flour/Meal?:

Most health food stores sell it. Trader Joe's has the best price I have found for almond meal with the skin. Online Shopping: Compare Prices

Recipes for Muffins and Quick Breads:

Recipes for Desserts:

More Almond Flour Recipes:

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