How to Make Fresh, Homemade Almond Meal

Simple to Make, Has Loads of Uses

Almond meal
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Almond meal made from scratch is so easy to prepare. In less than 5 minutes you can have fresh almond meal at a fraction of the cost of ready-made products. All you need are almonds, a coffee bean grinder, and a flour sifter. 

It's simple. You just pulse the almonds in a coffee grinder just until medium-fine textured meal forms; any more pulsing and you'll get almond butter instead of almond meal.

Be sure to refrigerate or wrap, label, and freeze any unused almond meal because it can become rancid after being ground and exposed to oxygen and light.

Recipes for Almond Meal

Use this almond meal to make delicious gluten-free baked goods, such as dark chocolate and orange macarons, soft-baked almond flour chocolate chip cookies, and sesame crackers. You can also make a crumble topping with this almond meal for a hot summery fruit dessert with amazing flavor.

Uses for this almond meal aren't limited to just baked goods. Use almond meal as a delicious crust for chicken, fish, or shrimp and on top of casseroles in place of breadcrumbs. Almond meal is also tasty as a salad topping and in stir-fries, where it adds texture and flavor. Check out other ways to use almond meal.

Making Almond Meal

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Less than 5 minutes

What You'll Need:

  • Almonds, either blanched or whole with skin
  • Electric coffee bean grinder
  • Flour sifter
  • Storage container

Here's How:

  1. Place 1/2 cup blanched or unblanched almonds in a clean electric coffee bean grinder.
  1. Put the lid on the coffee bean grinder and pulse several times until medium-fine textured meal forms. Don't over-grind or you will make almond butter. 
  2. Place the ground almond meal in a clean flour sifter. Sift the almond meal and place any large particles of almonds back in the coffee bean grinder and pulse again. Sift the remaining almond meal.
  1. Use any nut to make fresh, delicious nut meals using this simple technique.

Tips:

  1. Use a flour sifter free of any gluten cross-contamination. Make your sifter a "dedicated" gluten-free flour sifter by using only gluten-free ingredients in it.
  2. Store-bought almond meal is frequently made with blanched almonds, which are almonds that have had the skins removed. Using almonds with the skin on is adds a nutritional benefit because the skin contains healthy antioxidants.
  3. Always store almond meal in a labeled container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Updated June 2016 by Stephanie Kirkos.