All you need to make almond meal at home is 1. raw almonds, 2. a good quality high speed blender and 3. a strainer. That’s it! We store our almond meal in an air tight glass jar to use in baking.
We stock up on all our raw nuts at The Source Bulkfoods. Once we have a pantry stocked up with nuts we can then make milk, flour, nut butter and more!
What are the benefits of baking with almond meal?
Almond meal involves minimal processing and retains the nutrients of the whole almonds. The nutrient profile is considerably superior to that of wheat and grain flours, which can be highly processed, sometimes chemically milled and may come from genetically modified and highly sprayed crops.
Nevertheless, almond meal is controversial. Rather than address potential concerns, we would again like to reinforce that nutrient density is an important benefit and that ensuring dietary variety (alternate flours for example) largely avoids these potential issues.
To summarise, nutritional benefits include:
- Does not contain gluten
- High protein content (contains all essential amino acids)
- Good source of mono-unsaturated fats (these are predominant omega-6, so it is important to balance with this plenty of omega-3, found in fish and flaxseed)
- Good source of anti-oxidant vitamin E, as well as Biotin and Vitamin B2
- High mineral content, including magnesium, manganese, calcium, zinc and copper
- Contains anti-oxidant flavonoids to improve blood lipid/cholesterol ratios, improving heart health
- Assists with blood glucose levels, reducing GI (glycaemic index) of other foods consumed with almonds
3 cups raw almonds
High power blender
Glass jar to store
- Place almonds in a dry high speed blender. Pulse until it reaches a flour-like consistency (be careful not to over blend or it will turn into butter).
- Strain to remove any almond chunks.
- Transfer to an air tight jar and use as required in baking.
Want to try one of our almond based recipes?
Try our delicious flourless dark chocolate cake!