How to make almond flour? This simple recipe will show you how. It is easy and super cheap!
There are many reasons why you would like to use a substitute for regular flour. If you need to eat gluten-free or low carb. Almond can be that alternative but it is also quite expensive. So why not make it yourself? Especially when it is very easy to do. So are you ready to learn how to make almond flour? Let’s get started!
If you are on a low carb Keto diet or eating gluten-free you may think that tortillas or cooking and baking with flour are not an option.
Fortunately, there is a great way to use flour for your tortillas or your bread and bakes. That option is called almond flour.
Because this type of flour contains a limited amount of carbohydrates it fits perfectly in a low carb or keto diet.
It is very versatile has a neutral taste, that is why it is a perfect substitute in a lot of baking recipes.
However, it is quite expensive flour compared to regular flour. It can be up to ten times more expensive.
As almonds are way cheaper than buying almond flour you can easily make flour from almonds yourself.
What is almond flour?
It is a gluten-free nut flour, that is not a milled flour, like regular wheat flour but a finely ground flour. This flour consists of nothing but blanched no skin almonds.
It is used as the main ingredient for French macarons but also used for baking airy cakes, cookies or low-carb tortillas.
The difference between almond flour and almond meal
The differences between this flour and meal are quite subtle. Almond meal is made with whole unblanched almonds. So the skin is not removed.
The color of the almond meal is a little darker. It is also not grounded as finely as almond flour resulting in a different texture as it is more ground.
Almond flour ingredients
When you make low carb flour you need more than just almond. You need these ingredients:
- Baking soda
How to make almond flour
Almonds have brown skin that has a specific taste. You can decide to grind your almonds with the skins but your flour will taste much better if you skin the almonds.
Take a pan with water and bring to a boil. Then add 1½ tbsp of baking soda to the water.
Make sure the water is boiling again and then add the almonds to the boiling water.
Boil for 3 minutes. Now test to see if the skin comes off. To do this take one almond and drop it into cold water.
If the skin does not easily come off extend the cooking time with half a minute and test an almond again.
If the skin comes off easily then turn off the heat. Scoop all of the almonds out of the pan and drop them in the cold water.
Now you can skin all your almonds. Put them on a clean kitchen towel and let them dry. This can take some time.
- Skin the almonds and let them dry in the evening and make your flour in the morning
- When the almonds are dry put them in a food processor and let it run for about a minute
- Store it in a plastic zip-lock bag and you can use it for your low carb or gluten-free tortilla or for your sweet bakes
How much almond flour does 1 cup of almonds make?
In case you are wondering you can get approximately 1¼ cups of almond flour using 1 cup blanched almonds.
A cup of balanced almonds 120 grams or 4.2 ounces.
How to store almond flour?
Be certain that you grind the flour from dry almonds after you blanch them. You have a number of options to store your homemade almond flour:
- Room temperature – As almonds contain oil the flour from it can go rancid. To prevent this you should store it in an airtight container. Keep it away from oxygen and moisture as much as possible. You can keep it at room temperature but store it in a dry and dark place. Do not put it in sunlight or near a heat source as it doesn’t like heat
- Fridge – if you know you are not going to use the flour for a couple of weeks or the room temperature is rather high you can keep it in the refrigerator. Put it in an airtight container and label it with the date
- Freezer – you can store your flour in the freezer as well especially if you know you are not going to use it for up to a couple of months. Just put the flour in a freezer-friendly container and put it in the freezer.
How long does almond flour last?
As mentioned above almonds contain oil and as a result can go rancid. So before you use it in a recipe always smell.
Almond flour should smell nutty. If it doesn’t and instead has a rancid or sour smell you know it is time to throw it away.
Homemade almond flour should be able to last for a minimum of 2 months at room temperature if you store it as described above.
Can it to Bad says, it sees no reason why this flour shouldn’t last a few months more similar to store-bought flour.
As long as you take good care of it.
Almond flour recipes
You can use this keto flour in the following recipes:
- Low carb almond tortilla recipes – substitute regular or cornflour with almond flour and bake them into almond flour tortillas
- Banana muffin recipe – replace the spelt flour with this flour and you can some amazing vegan banana muffins
- Apple pie Taquitos – replace the regular tortillas with almond flour tortillas
Other gluten-free flour options
If you are gluten-free you can use the following, flour options that you can make yourself:
- Dried chickpea flour – you need a very strong food processor
- Dried cannellini beans flour – same as with the chickpea flour you need a high power food processor
- Corn flour – this flour is used in corn tortillas and it is also a gluten-free flour
Other low carb flour options
Besides almond flour you can use the following flours:
- Coconut flour – this a great substitute for regular flour. One thing to consider. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid. Do not you the same measurements as regular flour but use about 1/3 to 1/4 cup of coconut flour to regular flour
- Almond meal – if you decided not to skin the almonds and grind them into flour you get an almond meal. This even easier to prepare
- Flax meal – grind your flax seeds and you turn it into flax meal which is also a great substitute for regular flour
See how to make almond flour
Want to see how you can make this flour at home? Take a look at the video instruction to follow along.
It will show you how easy it is to make and can be the base for your low carb recipes.
Have fun with this almond flour recipe!
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Need almond flour? Make it yourself! It is really easy and much cheaper than store bought. Take a look at this recipe and video and give it a try!
- 175 gram almonds
- 1½ tbsp baking soda
- Boil water and add the baking soda to the water
- Add the almonds to the boiling water and boil the almonds for 3 minutes
- Test to see if the skin comes off. If that is not the case extend the cooking time with half a minute and test an almond again
- When the skin comes off turn of the heat, scoop all almonds out of the pan and into cold water
- Skin all your almonds. Put them on a clean kitchen towel and let them dry
- When the almonds are dry put them in a food process and let it run for a couple of minutes into almond flour
The longer you let the food processor run the finer your almond flour will be. Do not over process else it will turn into a paste.
Calories: 506; Fat: 43.9g; Carbs: 18.8g; Protein: 18.5g per 100gram