Everything You Need to Know About Almond Flour
Is almond flour gluten free? Is almond flour the same as almond meal? These are just a few of the many questions we’ve heard from you! Now here are the answers to some of your top almond flour questions. So, keep reading for more information on all things almond flour.
How is Almond Flour Made?
Almond flour is made from ground, blanched almonds. Almond flour is made by removing the skins of the almonds by boiling them in water, and then by grinding and sifting the almonds into a fine flour-like consistency.
Is Almond Meal the Same as Almond Flour?
No, almond flour and almond meal are different. In fact there are two types of almond meal, blanched and natural. Blanched almond meal is without the skin, while natural almond meal has the skin left intact prior to being ground. The main difference in the product is the granulation. Almond meal has a thicker and coarser texture while almond flour should be much finer and more powder like, as one would expect from a flour. Generally speaking, almond flour is a better all-around choice for cooking, baking and substitutions. Additionally, almond flour does not add any “almond” flavoring to food, however natural flour or almond meal will add somewhat of a different flavor due to the skin that’s left on the product. So , it all depends on the consistency and the flavor you want to have!
Can you Substitute Almond Flour for Regular Flour?
Almond flour can be substituted for regular flour at a 1:1 ratio. It is important to note that almond flour may require more egg to bind the flour. Check out our almond flour recipe book here for more information on a specific recipe!
What to Make with Almond Flour?
You can make just about anything with almond flour! You can make pancakes, scones, breads, pasta…etc. Anything that uses white or wheat flour can generally be substituted with almond flour.
Does Almond Flour Go Bad? How is it stored?
Almond flour should be stored in a fridge, freezer or cool pantry in order to keep it from going bad. Generally, an unopened almond flour bag can be good for 2-4 months in the pantry, and about 6-12 months in a fridge.
Is Almond Flour Gluten Free?
Yes! Almond flour is naturally gluten free.
Can you Fry with Almond Flour?
Almond flour is a great alternative to breadcrumbs and can be used to fry the same foods that would be fried using breadcrumbs. Check out our Almond Flour Cookbook to see a few specific examples!
Ready to Bake with Almond Flour?
We hope we’ve answered your most burning almond flour questions! Stay tuned for more articles on almond flour and more recipes with Blue Diamond Almonds – or check out the full collection of recipes starring almond flour in our Almond Flour Cookbook. Ready to give baking with almond flour a try? Find Blue Diamond Almond Flour in a store near you!