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How to Make Almond Flour

Elana of Elana's Pantry has some incredible recipes in her Almond Flour Cookbook. If you haven't tried them, make a batch of Elana's Chocolate Chip Cookies. Out of this world! I think Elana put Honeyville Food Products on the map when recommending their almond flour in her cookbook. It is a superb flour, nice and light. Because it's a mail-order product, I stock up and buy 5 pounds at a time ($30 plus shipping). The only problem is that if I run out halfway through a recipe I can't just run to the store and pick up another bag (and Bob's Red Mill almond flour/meal is NOT a good substitute). And that's what happened the other day. So, I called mom.

My mother, recipe tester, and biggest fan suggested I make some almond flour in my coffee grinder. Hmmmmm. So I gave it a try and the result was wonderful! See for yourself below. Had I used blanched almonds, my homemade flour would have looked exactly like Honeyville's.

A side-by-side comparison of Honeyville almond flour and almond flour made using a coffee grinder.So, I went on to make Elana's yummy, gluten-free Snickerdoodles (below). One batch was made with the homemade flour and one with Honeyville's. Again, no difference in taste or texture—just a slight difference in color because the raw almonds I used were not blanched. The trade-off for leaving the skins on? More nutrition in the form of flavonoids.

Homemade vs. Honeyville Almond Flour | Same taste and texture!Now, if you do a lot of baking with almond flour, it's probably convenient to keep a bag of Honeyville's on hand. However, if you only use it occasionally and in small amounts (1-2 cups at a time), then give making your own a try.

Here's how:

Fill your coffee grinder with raw almonds just as you would coffee beans (if you want pretty white almond flour, use blanched almonds). Grind until you have a nice, fluffy flour. Repeat until you have the amount your recipe calls for.

There were some chunks that did not get ground. I just picked them out. Then today, I found a gently used turn-handle flour sifter at Goodwill much like this one. It worked like a charm to sift out the larger bits of almond. I'd caution you to avoid the multiple screen style sifter like this one. I tried one and it was a big headache. Store any unused almond flour in an air-tight container in the fridge to keep it fresh.

So there you have it, the know-how to make almond flour. I think I'll head back to the kitchen now and try another of Elana's recipes!

NOTE:

1) I might suggest purchasing a separate coffee grinder for this task. I have not repeated it hundreds of times and don't think it would damage a grinder, but at the same time I don't want to be responsible for damage done to anyone's precious coffee grinder. :) Grind flour at your own risk.

2) If the grinder sounds like it is slowing down. Check to see if a nut is lodged under the blade or caught on a blade. Dislodge and off you go.

3) Grind JUST until you have a nice, light-colored flour (approx 10 seconds). If you grind too long, the flour will start to become oily, dense and slightly dark. At the nice, light-colored flour stage, I still have some un-ground nuts in the mix which I just pick or sift out.

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Reader Comments (14)

Outstanding tip. Sometimes it drives me nuts that I can't bake because I run out of the stuff - I've even taken to testing out other wheat-free flours because of that. I definitely need to invest in a coffee grinder. Thanks for the tip!
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Hey Sara: I thought this was a pretty cool tip, too. Got my mom to thank :). Shipping to Hawaii (where she lives) can be expensive so she was determined to make her own. She had tried using her old flour mill and it ended up clogging with almond goo. She suggested an upright coffee grinder. I had tried, unsuccessfully, to make it in my Blendtec and food processor. Turns out the coffee grinder is the ticket.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Sorry to multi-comment here...you made my mind come alive with this one. I wonder how many different kinds of nut flours you could make with a coffee grinder and how things would come out. I'm excited to try this...I just need a coffee grinder now.
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I bet lots! Any of the harder ones for sure. Check a second hand store for a coffee grinder. You can always clean it up real good. That way you aren't out a lot of pocket change for something you will use on occasion. :) The flour sifter I bought at Goodwill yesterday rocks out.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I'm excited to see that worked for you! Can you describe what is so different about honeyville's almond flour compared to Bob's Red Mill? I've tried Bob's and a bulk variety, but have not had honeyville's.
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Hi Deanna, thanks for your comment! From what Elana (Elana's Pantry) says, and from my own experience with Bob's, is that it is more of a meal than a light, fluffy flour. The results you get in baked goods just is not the same. Does that help? Love your blog BTW.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Great post! I live in SLC, so I can go to the Honeyville store and buy it, but this is good to know for emergencies.
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Hi Kalyn! Wow, love your site! It is so FRESH. And look at all those wonderful veggie recipes. You can never have enough of those. And how lucky you are to have Honeyville right there. We are expecting our first chain whole foods store here in Cheyenne (Vitamin Cottage) soon! Hurrah.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKalynsKitchen

I live in a country where you can't find high-quality almond flour, and what you can find is extremely expensive (around $5 for 1 1/2 cups). It looks like this might be the solution for me!
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Hello A in NL, YES, give it a try. It works quite well. So glad you found my site. And thanks for taking the time to comment :)

-Lexie

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA in NL

I'd be interested to know the amount of raw almonds it takes to get 1 c. of almond flour?
Thanks!
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Hello Charmaine! 1/2 cup of raw almonds makes a little more than 1/2 cup of flour (between 1/2 & 3/4 c). I've added some notes to this post. See above. Good baking!
-Lexie

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharmaine

I did the same thing yesterday with my food processor- I don't have a coffee grinder. worked perfectly, and I was able to do about 3 cups at a time.
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Dear Quilter1, I'm glad that the food processor worked for you. We've tested that method in our kitchen and it just does not produce the fluffy flour we were looking for. Turns into a meal and then if it runs too long the oil begins to release and it starts getting heavy and oily. I've read that freezing the almonds first and then processing in food processor helps yield a better "crumb." For almond flour, I'll stick with grinding it in my dedicated coffee grinder :) Thanks for sharing your success!
-Lexie

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterquilter1

I have also did this with coconut take the shredded coconut and grind to a flour .
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Nice! Thanks for that tip. :) Appreciate your sharing!!!

-Lexie

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdee

Hi there Lexie~
How fun, I just made some fresh almond flour last week for a post—these cookies look incredible! Thanks for stopping by my site and for sharing so many incredible recipes and tips on yours. Keep up the great work.
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Well, I love, love, love your site, one of my new favorites. Everyone check it out www.yumuniverse.com!

May 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Crosby

I just bought a Vita-Mix blender and sucessfully ground blanched almonds in it! I have used a seperate coffee grinder for years to grind brown rice to make a yummy rice cereal for breakfast. (Way beats Bob's Red Mill's prices to grind my own for that cereal!)

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Hi Lexie,
Thank you so much for your post! I too love Elana's pantry and have used Honeyville almond flour. I purchase unpasteurized almonds every year from a group buy and I sprout them and dehydrate them for extra nutrition and I wanted to use those almonds for my almond flour. I have a blendtec blender and a food processor but it just doesn't work like apparently the coffee grinder does. I don't have a coffee grinder and I have searched amazon and I am just wondering what coffee grinder you have? Thank you so much for your help and I am excited to search the rest of your posts!

Sincerely,
Jenni

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Hi there Jenni! So glad you stopped by for a visit : ) Honestly, I have a very ancient generic grand of coffee maker ... probably picked it up a goodwill ... can't remember. I think I mentioned in the post that I am not sure what prolonged almond grinding could do to a coffee grinder so encouraged folks to use and old one or cheap one. But then you may sacrifice power. Hmmmm. There are my 2 cents :) And yes, the blendtec and food processor really don't work well. You get almond butter with one and not fine enough with the other. Let me know how it works out!

-Lexie

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

This is my first visit to your blog. I'm glad I stopped by!

I just wanted to pass on an idea that has worked for me for grinding anything for which you might use a coffee grinder. I have a Magic Bullet, and using the two-blade base works wonders.

Thanks for all you share with us!

Debbie

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Debbie, thank you! Great suggestion. I've heard that the Magic Bullet is so handy for traveling too. I use my Braun cofffee grinder that I bought for practically new at Goodwill for $2. : ) xoLexie

January 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

I have a Bamix stick blender that comes with a small grinder attachment and that makes great flours:)

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

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