How to Make Almond Flour (Cheaper than Store-Bought!)

If you love baking with almond flour, but don’t love how expensive it is at the grocery store, try making it at home! It’s cheaper than store-bought options, and is ready in just minutes when you use a food processor or blender.

almond flour in jar

Can You Substitute Almond Flour for All-Purpose Flour?

One of the most common questions I am asked is how you would substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour, to make a recipe healthier or naturally gluten-free. If a recipe calls for eggs, I’ve found that you can usually swap almond flour for all-purpose flour using a 1:1 ratio, which makes it an ideal alternative. However, I recommend testing this with a recipe before serving it to company.

Because almond flour is higher in fat and protein than all-purpose flour, it’s not the best substitute when making a loaf of bread or anything cake-like that does NOT call for eggs. Instead, I recommend looking for almond flour recipes that have already been tested, so you won’t have to do the guesswork and potentially waste ingredients.

homemade almond flour in a bowl

How Healthy is Almond Flour?

Compared to white all-purpose flour, almond flour is high in protein and monounsaturated fats to help leave you feeling satisfied. Just one ounce of almonds has 6 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber!

Because almond flour is simply ground almonds, which are a good source of magnesium, it may also help with blood sugar control and lowering blood pressure levels.

Is Almond Flour Considered Low-Carb?

I think almond flour is a great choice for low-carb baking. A 1/4 cup of blanched almond flour has 6 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber, so it has 3 grams of net carbs. For comparison, a 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour has nearly 24 grams of carbohydrates and less than 1 gram of fiber.

almond flour ground in blender

Is Almond Flour Good for Keto?

If you’re following a keto diet and need a flour alternative, I think almond flour is a good option since it has only 3 grams of net carbs. On a Keto diet I wouldn’t imagine that you’d want to make too many sweet baked goods, but you can make low-carb almond flour pancakes without maple syrup to get a bread-like fix!

What is the Lowest Carb Flour?

If you’re interested in other gluten-free & grain-free flours, I thought it might be fun to compare a few options. Below you’ll see the amount of “net carbohydrates” (which are the carbohydrates minus the fiber) in 1/4 cup of the following flours:

  • Almond Flour: 3 net carbs
  • Coconut Flour: 4 net carbs
  • Tigernut Flour: 9 net carbs
  • Cassava Flour: 25 net carbs
  • Arrowroot Starch: 27 net carbs

As you can see, almond flour is the lowest carb flour, followed closely by coconut flour. Keep in mind however, that you can not substitute almond flour for coconut flour. Instead, look for coconut flour recipes that have been specifically developed to use that high-fiber flour.

blanched almonds vs almond flour

Is Homemade Almond Flour Cheaper Than Store-Bought?

How does the cost of making homemade flour compare to buying it at the store? It used to be more of a drastic difference (close to a savings of $3 per pound), but I’m updating this post to reflect current 2019 prices.

Here’s the math:

  • 8 oz. blanched slivered almonds from Trader Joe’s currently costs $3.49. That comes to about $0.44 per ounce.
  • One pound of blanched almond flour from Trader Joe’s currently costs $7.49, which comes to abouve $0.47 per ounce.
  • 3 pounds of Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour (from Amazon with free shipping) currently costs $23.35. That comes to $0.47 per ounce.

So, when you make your own almond flour you save roughly $0.50 per pound. This cost savings might not be motivation enough for you to make your own almond flour at home, but there’s still an advantage to those who can’t find prepared almond flour in their area.

It’s also nice to make your own almond flour if you don’t need that much of it for a recipe. If you only need a 1/2 cup of almond flour, you can easily grind your own without worrying about storing the rest of a big bag for months.

Almond Flour vs. Ground Almonds

When a recipe calls for almond flour, it’s most likely referring to blanched almond flour, which is made from almonds that have had their skin removed. Blanched almond flour is great for making authentic-looking baked goods with no brown flecks in the batter.

almond meal vs almond flour

Ground whole almonds are referred to as “almond meal” and can be used interchangeably in most almond flour recipes. However, keep in mind that the texture and appearance will be slightly different if you make this swap. Almond meal tends to make baked goods more cake-like in texture, so cookies won’t be as crisp or buttery with this alternative.

How to Make Your Own Almond Flour

Making your own almond flour at home is as simple as adding blanched almonds to your food processor or blender, and processing them until they are finely ground. However, there are a few tips & best practices to keep in mind:

  • One cup of slivered almonds = about one cup of almond flour. 
  • One 8 oz. bag of these raw blanched slivered almonds turned into exactly 2 cups of almond flour–> just what you need for my almond flour cookie recipe!
  • Only proess one cup of almonds at a time. Blending more than that creates an uneven texture, so you’ll wind up with clumps of un-ground almonds.
  • If you don’t mind seeing specks of brown in your resulting baked goods, you can also use regular whole almonds (non-blanched) to make almond meal. Almond meal makes “cakier” baked goods, rather than giving baked goods a buttery, shortbread-texture the way almond flour does.

I find that I get the best, most finely-ground results using my Vitamix blender, but a food processor can definitely be used if that’s all you have. The resulting baked goods will just be slightly grainier that way.

almond flour in food processor

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almond flour in jar
How to Make Almond Flour (Cheaper than Store-Bought!)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Here's how to make ALMOND FLOUR at home in just minutes! It's a great gluten-free and grain-free option used in low-carb baking. I love that it's high in protein and monosaturated fats.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour, keto, low carb, paleo
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces blanched almonds , whole or slivered
Instructions
  1. Place the blanched almonds in a high-speed blender or food processor, and process until they are finely ground. If using a high-speed blender, be sure not to over-process as the almonds will eventually start to release their oils and become almond butter.

  2. For best results, do not blend more than 8 ounces of almonds at a time. (I tried using 16 ounces and couldn't get them evenly ground.) For the most finely-ground results, I've found a blender works best, but the flour I made in the food processor also works for making almond flour recipes-- the final product is just slightly grainier. 

  3. Store leftover almond flour in an airtight container in a dark pantry, or better yet in the fridge or freezer for the longest shelf life. Almond flour can keep well for up to one year if it's not exposed to heat or moisture.

Per 1/4 cup: Calories: 167, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 6g

I hope this helps you all create even more almond-flour-based goodies in the future!

Reader Feedback: Have you tried making your own flours before? Let me know your favorite way to use almond flour in the comments below!

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John

Hey guys,

I know this is about making your own almond flour but http://www.threelionsfarm.com has really good almond flour. Plus I have made flour from their raw almonds and it was the best I have had by far!
Check them out!

    SANDRA PIPES

    If you have a Grocery Outlet where you live you can get silvered almonds for $3.98 a pound. I will try and ground these in a coffee grinder a Vita Mix I cannot afford. Has anyone ha success with this method?

      kARA

      Yes, I do this all the time. Works great. I will likely never buy almond flour again, but rather make it in my own grinder. If you cannot find blanched almonds, like me, you can use raw whole and it will turn out a little cakier, but still useable.

helen

hi, i’m new to your website. i accidentally bought a salted roasted almond at sam’s cuz it’s cheaper but i need a raw to make an almond paste and almond flour, i still keep it, tried to make an almond paste and flour it turned out very good and a lot cheaper. i washed and soak it with warm water to remove the skin i put it back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes to dry and i grind it and it’s very good. i use the flour for joconde impremet. i hope my experience will help your follower, thanks and have a good day.

Rose

Love your blog! It’s great to find more grain free recipes. Is there a way to make almond flour from whole organic almonds that still have the skin on them?

    Megan

    Yes, I think you’d follow the same instructions, just using almonds with the skin on instead of blanched.

Jamie

I have read that you can use the Omega juicer to make nut butters. Would you be able to make almond flour then too or just the butter? Have you tried this machine to make flour and does it work and can you use raw almonds in it? Thanks!

Cynthia M.

I used whole almonds to make almond flour with my Blendtec Blender. I had read a suggestion somewhere to run the flout through a mesh sieve (strainer), and then throw any large pieces back in and re-grind. It worked great. Starting with Slivered almonds makes sense because you get a finer grain product right off.

Antonio Spellman

do you think it’s ok to do this without soaking the nuts first? wouldn’t the enzyme inhibiters still be present?

Deborah

Hey, I’d like to hear another voice about almond flour. I went online and found “5 reasons to avoid almond flour”. The author of the article sounds like she knows what she’s talking about and some of what she says makes sense.(I think) i.e. If you start with a handful of nuts, and grind them into flour, you end with a fraction of the volume you started with. So to follow that strand of logic: One cookie could be 2 handfuls of almonds.
Can you get back to me on this?
Signed confused!

    Megan

    Yes, that logic makes sense, which is why you’d want to eat any almond flour baked goods in moderation. I don’t see anything wrong with eating 2 handfuls of almonds, though!

      Megan

      Also, I should mention that when I make my own almond flour 1 cup of slivered almonds usually makes about 1 cup of ground almond flour, so it’s not too drastic of a difference portion-wise.

    Veronica

    Deborah, I found another voice re avoiding almond flour:

    5 Reasons That Blog on Avoiding Almond Flour Missed the Mark
    http://gapsdiary.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/5-reasons-that-blog-on-avoiding-almond-flour-missed-the-mark/

Peter

Hi Megan,

Have you ever tried using the Oscar Neo Juicers? They are a cold-press juicer and thus you receive the maximum amount of enzymes and nutrients that would otherwise be missing in a juicer that uses heat.

Here’s a link: http://www.oscarjuicers.com.au/neo-da-1000/

A bit expensive but it comes with 12year warranty I think. I have never looked back since I started using it! Now, I must get myself a vitamix!

Yoga Amy

I am trying to make almond milk today and it seems a bit bland,and I am trying to do the candida diet to get rid of sugar and yeast. Thoughts on the stevia amount to add or just drink it as it is?

Second, I am using the pulp of the almonds to make my own almond flour and to find a recipe in your blog to make cookies or something using the flour. I will let you know how making my own flour from pulp turns out!

    Lynn

    I do the same thing with saving the almond “flour” from making almond milk. Regarding sweetener, I do 1 cup of almonds to three cups of water and after blending thoroughly blend in 3 Tbsp of pure maple syrup and 1.5 tsp vanilla extra (my kids like it a little sweet). It’s really good!

coleen

I just found this site today and it’s amazing…so many recipes on here I want to veganize and try 🙂 Just my two cents with the flour…make nut milk, strain it in a nut milk bag, take the leftover pulp, let your Excalibur do its thing, then take the dried pulp and grind it. I’ve used both a coffee grinder and a hand crank grain grinder (this can gunk up a coffee grinder pretty bad) This produces a very light fluffy flour rather than a meal. This works with any nuts, seeds, and coconut (I make my own coconut milk, too). Thing about the coconut, it’s not as dense, so it’ll fly all around the dehydrator. You gotta leave it inside the nut milk bag or find some other way to anchor it while it’s drying.

Anne

I bought the big bag of raw almonds from Sam’s Club. I used my food processor to make the almond flour. it is not fine like flour but definitely works for baking. It gives whatever you make a more nutty flavor. I made almond flour banana bread, I really like it!

    Organic Jiji

    Hi Anne,
    can you send me the recipe? Is it on Pinterest?
    thanks,
    Jiji

Karen

I am making a carrot soufflé the Paleo way. Using almond flour in lieu of wheat flour, so my gluten free friends can also enjoy this dish for Rosh Hashanah. The packaged flour was $9.00. I used a 1/4 cup of slivered almonds, 18 seconds in the Vita Mix and voila – beautiful almond flour in seconds. Thanks for you tips.

Jane

Just wondering how long does the almond flour last until it rots?

Anne

Would you recommend this idea? I was thinking of soaking my almonds first, dehydrating them and then making the almond flour in my food processor or nutribullet, it has a blade for milling. The first time I made almond flour I used the raw almonds and my food processor, the cookies came out great but the flour is more grainy. I also made almond flour banana bread the same way but again every bite is very nutty. I was thinking if I did the soak / dehydrate method it might be less grainy, any ideas are welcome, I am a newbie to whole foods like this and I am loving learning and eating more nutritiously

Emily

I’ve made my own almond flour and thought that I’d make it easy and buy some. Fresh Market had a tiny bag for 12.99! I was so shocked I walked out of the store. Not to mention I wanted Chia Seeds as well and they were a rip off too. Looks like I’m making my own almond flour from here on out.

I actually have a good recipe that makes it very close to a flour consistency!

Organic Jiji

I found that COSTCO (wholesale club) has whole almonds @ $13 for a 3lb. bag.
Also, did anyone consider the caloric count? For instance, almond flour has 45 cals. for 2 tablespoons! Be careful when preparing cakes, muffins etc. It can really add up.
Go Paleo!

Dee

Hey there! My name is Dee, I love all your recipes, I’m restricting myself day by day to a more natural, paleo like diet

However, I’ve read that almond flour is not good for you at all, if not eaten in moderation, and is only best to eat merely once every couple of weeks, this websites states more information, backed up with accurate biological significant information: http://empoweredsustenance.com/avoid-almond-flour/

Is that true? According to the website I might stick to coconut flour
I was wandering, do you happen to have a homemade coconut flour recipe made from dessicated/shredded coconut?

cgblair

I imagine you can keep extra almond flour in the freezer. I put reg flour in there all the time and it keeps forever, does NOT get hard and no bug troubles. It is fresh as a daisy when you need it.

Jennifer

I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday, that they just opened recently near me. Their blanched, slivered almonds were $3.49 per 8 oz. bag. Not sure if this is going to be more economical for me since it’s $1.00 more per bag. Bummer!

Asia

Hi! Weird question but I have a baby bullet with a milling blade. Is that similar to the Vitamix?

Dani

Did you use the dry canister on the vitamix or the regular container? Sorry if you answered this question already.

    Megan

    I only own the regular canister, so I use it for everything!

Yvette

Love your website and soooo much information. Do you know how long almond meal will last before going bad? And can it be frozen?

Mary Yamamoto

Hi Megan,
Question: Since Bob’s Almond Meal is a little too course, can I run it through my Vita Mix to make it finer like HoneyVille Farms? I have some on hand and want to use before I try making my own as you suggested above.

Thank you,
Mary

    Julie

    Yes, you should be able to make your flour finer by running it through your VitaMix. Happy Baking!

Katie Lewis

I love this post! I make my own almond flour too using unblanched raw almonds from Aldi. It seems like mine is either really grainy and “Chunky” or it gets a little too far and starts to butter a little bit. I use a Vitamix for mine and I think the power is just really strong but that is really the best way to do it. Any tips on how to get it not to butter? I use a liquid canister so maybe that is the issue?
I love this post though!!! Thanks for the tips!

    Megan

    When I use the Vitamix, I never process more than one cup of almonds at a time to make flour– if you use more than that, and the almonds on the bottom will start to turn into butter, while the almonds on top don’t get ground finely enough!

Pam Tully

You need a Thermomix. It mills faster and finer than any other processor ( as well as being able to cook these ground nuts/ grains to make your own economical nut/grain milks.

randi

Would a Ninja blender suffice for must of the recipes here?

Anna@eatwithtaste.com

Thank you for this post!! I also love almond flour but it does get pricey so it’s a good option to make your own! Will give this a try 🙂

jacquie

I have a bag of sliced almonds with the skins on. Can i use these to make almond flour or must they be slivered without skins. It’s my first time trying this in a vitamix

Karel

My daughter buys almonds from nuts.com on the recommendation of her nutritionist. She has an auto-immune health issue, so it is important for her to be careful. Nuts.com offers so many varieties of nuts, dried fruits, etc., some organic, some not. The almonds she buys are from Spain, are not cross-contaminated, and are not treated with whatever most almonds are treated with that makes them relatively unsafe for our bodies. I tried the almonds she buys and did not like the taste at all, so I’m sticking with Trader Joe’s raw almonds, but she uses them to make almond milk and really likes them for that purpose.

Mary

Thanks for this. I just started being completely grain free and this will help me cuz almond flour is so expensive.

Ray

Trader Joe’s now sells ground almonds for either 3.99 or 4.99/ 16 oz.

Donna Short

I made almond flour for the first time today and I am in the process of making coconut flour as well. I’m so excited to try new things on my quest to a healthier lifestyle. Thanks Megan for sharing your wealth of information with us!

Jess

Does almond flour have to be refrigerated or is it okay to leave it in a sealed jar in the pantry? I want to keep it as fresh as possible! Any tips?

Cristina

Hi Megan,
just found your site and am super excited about so many of your recipes.
Another reason to make your own almond flour is that you have control over which almonds to use.
Unfortunately all almond orchards that are not organic are sprayed with Glyphosate. And it penetrates the entire plant.
So, even though I only heard wonderful things about honeyville flour, unless it becomes organic I will pass it.
thanks again for all the wonderful recipes.

Kaleena

I really like your blog, I’ve tried a few things so far pretty good!

I make almond flour a little differently, I just dry the left over meal from when making almond milk. Once the almond meal is totally dried (I air dry it for a day or two by spreading it out) I simply process it to a fine powder/flour consistency…so I not only make milk but almond flour.

I wonder if there’s a major difference between our different techniques…

Thx!

    Megan

    I call that “almond pulp flour” because it bakes VERY differently than regular almond flour, as much of the fat and flavor are removed when you make almond milk. I wouldn’t substitute almond pulp flour in recipes calling for traditional almond flour, as the results will not be the same, but I do have a couple recipes on this website that were developed specifically for using leftover almond pulp flour.

Paul

Trader Joe’s sells almond meal at $4.99/lb. Doesn’t seem worth the effort to buy the slivers at $2.49 for 8 oz and grind them.

    Megan

    Almond meal and blanched almond flour produce different results in baking, especially with cookies, but I actually prefer the cakey-texture that almond meal provides. If you want a crisp or shortbread-like cookie, grinding your own blanched almonds may be worth the extra effort.

Kay

For those of you who process a lot of seeds/ nuts into flour or butter, I highly recommend an omega nutrition center which is an auger style juicer. It crushes the nuts and seeds rather than chopping them and keeps them at a fairly low temperature. It will also crush raw cacao nibs, juice hard vegetables and leafy greens, and extrude pasta! The truly wonderful thing about the auger function that sets the omega apart from other juicers, and even the vitamix, is that since it crushes instead of chops and swirls, it does not oxygenate the juice. The micro nutrients and live enzymes are preserved also due to the low heat. A good deal of the fiber is separated from the juice in the process which can be added back in or set aside for use in soups and other recipes. I HIGHLY recommend one as a tool in any organic kitchen. I have been juicing vegetables from my garden and making almond, sunflower seed, cashew and other butters for years.

Denise

I tried to make coconut flour today from desiccated coconut. It is VERY coarse. I took it through the food processor and then a coffee grinder. Any suggestions? Can I bake with it? Also, what Vitamix do you use? I know this is an old entry (2012?) haha! Well, I have been googling “coconut and almond flour” today and reading lots of different posts & suggestions. I am new to Paleo and really want to make the most of this by cooking and baking with variety. Thanks for your help!

Cynthia

I’m sorry people, non of the almonds mentioned above are really raw. The reason they are so inexpensive is that they have been pasteurized. The FDA demanded that the California growers pasteurize their almonds but that they could continue to label them raw. So many of the health benefits of almonds have disappeared in the process. If you look for almonds from Spain or Italy – they do not do that. A handful of almond growers who protest this mandate have their raw almonds in a “roadside cart” on their website. Really raw almonds are available in health food stores and are labeled – non pasteurized. They run about $10.00 a lb.
I soak, dry and vitamix these to get great healthy almond flour.

Maydo

Well, I am officially a fan!!! I had no idea I could make all these treats and not feel guilty or bad about the ingredients. I am now making my own almond milk, butter and flour for baking treats. I also made my own coconut flour and cant wait to bake with that! thank you!!!!

Aviva

I use raw almonds from Costco and throw them in my Ninja. If I want almond meal I go with that. If I want almond flour I dump it in a fine mesh strainer and sift it through. You end up with a very fine flour. I save the left over nuggets in my freezer to “bread” chicken or throw in a cookie recipe. This my favorite gluten-free pancake recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/blackberry-farm-griddle-cakes
My kids love them! We eat them without syrup!

Naomi Fron

Just found this site, it is wonderful! Husband is diabetic, so limiting carbs and Almond flour makes great deserts. I do not have a Vitamix, but do have a NutriBullet which has a grain blade, that should work I think. Am anxious to try it, but I will watch closely to make sure it doesn’t go into almond butter. Not sure the difference between the power of Vitamix and Nutribullet. Keep those great tips coming

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