Learn how to make almond meal at home! All you need for this DIY almond meal are almonds and a high-speed blender!
Almond meal is next to almond flour one of the best gluten-free flour substitutes for baking and your best friend when on a paleo diet. On the downside, store-bought almond meal isn’t the cheapest ingredient. It’s usually quite expensive.
Therefore I highly recommend making homemade almond meal with this easy and simple recipe. All you need are raw almonds and a high-speed blender (Vitamix is one of the best). Feel free to use either whole raw almonds or raw sliced almonds.
Difference Almond Meal vs. Almond Flour
Almond meal is made from raw almonds (unpeeled), whereas almond flour is made from blanched almonds (peeled). Meaning they are usually interchangeably in recipes. But stay with me for one more minute.
Almond meal has a slightly coarser texture, a nuttier flavor, and a darker color (brownish). Besides, raw almonds (unpeeled) are usually cheaper than blanched almonds.
Almond flour, on the other hand, has a slightly finer texture and is lighter in color. Furthermore, peeled almonds are better to digest.
So, feel free to swap almond flour for almond meal and vice-versa.
How To Make Almond Meal – Step-by-Step
Read through this visual step-by-step guide with lots of extra tips, and check out the recipe video to see how easy it is to make!
- Add almonds to a high-speed blender.
- Pulse a few times until it resembles a fine, flour-like texture. Depending on your blender, you might need to shake it in between so that all almonds are evenly blended!
- Transfer in a glass jar!
Measurements: 1 cup of almond meal equals 100g. This recipe calls for 7 oz raw almonds resulting in 2 cups of homemade almond meal.
How To Store Almond Meal
Store it in an airtight mason jar, preferably in the refrigerator, where it lasts the longest (up to a few weeks). You can also freeze almond flour or store it in the pantry.
I prefer only to pulse a small batch at a time, use it up, and make fresh almond flour next time rather than storing a large batch, which will eventually go bad.
Recipes Using Almond Meal
Most recipes (including the linked ones below) call for almond flour rather than almond meal, but as explained in the section above, those are interchangeable.
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How To Make Almond Meal
- 7 oz (200 g) whole almonds 1 ⅓ cup
- Pulse raw almonds in a high-speed blender until it resembles a fine, flour-like texture. Depending on your blender, you might need to shake it in between so that all almonds are evenly blended!
- Transfer in a glass jar and store it, if possible, in the fridge for a longer shelf life.