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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Julie

Thanks so much for the tip! I’ve made three batches in my Cuisineart hand blender/chopper attachment and it worked great! It might be a little heavy on the motor, though, so I wouldn’t recommend using it often. The slivered almonds are so much easier to process than whole almonds. I look forward to trying more of your ingenious recipes!!

Julie

Oops – I thought this was the post on almond butter. I’ve made three successful batches of that, but almond flour is super easy in my little machine!

Amber

i was also trying to find a cheaper way to make almond flour, but at this price, why not just buy the bag of almond meal from traders at $4.99 a pound! same price and already ground! it’s the cheapest ive found!

    Tenita

    5lb bag of Almond Flour $48.98 (1.26.2016) from Amazon.

    Sarah

    almond meal and blanched almond flour are very different in baking. The latter is a a lot lighter, both in color and texture

Hollyann

I’ve thought of using the almond meal leftover from my almond milk making to create almond flour. Have you done this? I hate to see all of that almond pulp go to waste in the compost bin!

    Madi

    You sure can! You just have to dry it REALLY well first-I’ve found spreading it out on a baking sheet and putting it in the oven on rather a low temp possible for an extended period of time (check it regularly, but it takes a while) will work well. Once it’s dry you can grind it right up. Unfortunately, a lot of the almond-ness of those nuts went into that delicious milk you made-the fats, liquids, and a lot of the flavour. That means it doesn’t taste-or bake-quite like regular almond flour. There are some recipes that specifically call for it. Otherwise, I’ve found that mixing one part of the “pulp flour” with anywhere from one to three parts regular almond flour (or almond meal if you prefer) works very well depending on what you’re making. It’s all trial and error. Luckily, the errors are almost always delicious!

    SamCharles Butler

    Use it to thicken soups and stews. Mix with yogurt fof breakfast, lunch or dinner or in your own veggie burgers so you don’t even need to dry it.

anna

Can you use the almond pulp that you are left with after making almond milk as a substitute for almond flour in most recipes? Thank you!

amanda

Has anyone tried a Bamix? I tried and it didnt turn out so well-it turned to paste

    Madeleine

    You just let it go too long-you have to give it little quick pulses and watch it carefully. You can check it ten or fifteen seconds in and if it’s still too gritty and grainy you can give it a few more pulses. Trial and error, mate! If you end up with pasty stuff again though, mix it a bit longer and you’ll have almond butter (although some like a pinch of sugar in their almond butter-I like it as-is).

Ruth

Are Almond Blend Flour and Almond Flour the same?

    Megan

    I’ve never heard of Almond Blend Flour, but you can check by just looking at the ingredient list– if the only ingredient is ground almonds, it should be the same!

Abby

Oh my, I have been trying to make perfect macarons, but I’m SO hesitant to make them because almond flour is so dang expensive! I was about to grind some whole almonds, but thanks to you, I won’t be breaking my processor tonight!

Betty

Just recently found your site after searching to see how to make my own Almond Flour – I’ll do anything to help save some money.
I have a Vitamix 5200 with the 64-oz container – but do not have the dry container.

I wanted to know if you’ve ever made amaranth flour from grains? Would my wet container work like you said it did for the almonds?

Thanks.

[I had a Vitamix years ago then sold it (yeah, really dumb move) and recently purchased the 5200 – very similar to my 1st one. Thought I wanted the smaller container & would work for smoothies but I’ve been ‘cooking’ with mine & too often I’m glad I have the 64-oz]

    Megan

    I have made amaranth flour in the Vitamix, but I found it to have a very bitter taste, so I didn’t like using it for baking. I don’t have the dry container, either– I use the wet one that it comes with for everything!

Betty

Thank you so much for your prompt reply.
-I don’t think I’ll be baking anything with Amaranth But I’ve not looked over all the recipes. – I’m beginning a 2-wk or more Anti-Fungal diet. So I’ll be staying away from sugar and the usual flours.

Actually searching for this diet and contents has taken me to sites like this one and I’m learning a great deal about what to eat (or not eat).
And how to make my own milk, flours, etc (Almond, Coconut, etc.) as well as how to make my own Vanilla. Has been interesting and exciting.

Thank you for having this site so that we can all learn how to eat & live correctly.

jeanine

Hi,
I really love your recipes but I recently read that almond flour is not so great because it slows your metabolism. I forget where I read this but they strongly recommended coconut flour. do your know anything about this?
on another note, do you have a low carb recipe site?
Thanks!
J

Cynthia

You mentioned that 1 cup slivered almonds makes 1 cup almond flour. But then you said an 8oz package (usually 1 cup) makes 2 cups almond flour. Is 8oz of slivered almonds 2 cups instead thus 4 cups per pound of slivered almonds?

    Megan

    It’s been a while since I’ve made almond flour using these slivered almonds, but all of the measurements are rough estimates and can vary depending on how finely you grind the almonds. If you were to blend the whole bag of almonds into a butter, the 8 oz. would make just one cup of almond butter, but thanks to the airy and fluffy texture of almond flour it tends to take up more volume. On average, 3 cups of whole almonds equals 16 oz. but in my experience the slivered almonds have a different volume when compared to whole almonds. To be on the safe side, I usually grind more almonds than I think I’ll need, just to make sure I have enough almond flour for a recipe. The extras can be stored in the fridge or freezer to extend shelf life.

    Shelly C.

    Okay . . . So, I know it’s been almost TWO years since Cynthia posted her question, but for others that come through here and see this comment/question raised about quantities of flour created from the quantity of nuts, I’d like to point out/remind people of something that is really SUPER easy to forget!

    She says that from ONE CUP of slivered almonds she got ONE CUP of almond flour. She’s talking about ONE VOLUME CUP to ONE VOLUME CUP.

    She then goes on to say that from an EIGHT OUNCE BAG of slivered almonds she got TWO CUPS of almond flour. HERE in THIS instance you have to remember the EIGHT OUNCE BAG IS BY WEIGHT NOT VOLUME and the TWO CUPS of almond flour created is TWO CUPS BY VOLUME! You have to pay attention to whether something is being measure by weight or by volume.

    I know it can get really confusing! I get myself turned around frequently, and then have my AH-HAAA! moment a few seconds later when I realize I’m trying to compare apples to oranges! It makes it SO much easier when you compare your apples to apples and your oranges to oranges . . . so to speak. 😉 I hope this helps clear up anyone else’s confusion about the measurements! Sure hope my dribble is helpful to someone!

    Great site, by the way! I too just found you after doing a Google search to see what I could find about making my own almond flour. I’ve been making my own almond butter in my food processor, but for some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me until just a couple of days ago that I might be able to make my own flour and save myself some money. NOW, what I’m REALLY interested in is to go and compare the prices of the nuts for blanched vs. non-blanched. I’m guessing that if you blanch the nuts yourself , that it will be even cheaper. I followed the link for your Honeyville brand and I was SHOCKED to see that it had gone up in price by $12.00 and change in the last FOUR YEARS since you had made this post. Unbelievable!

Lena

How long do you leave the almonds in the vitamix and what speed? I get so scared that I’ll end up with almond butter.

Carolyn

Also check out Buy Fresh California Almonds. I’ve purchased them and was very happy. No engine oil to sanitize them.

Wendy Beattie

Thank you so much …. I work retail and stock/order almond flour! The thought of going paleo has been on my mind and finally jumping in 100%, but was scared to cut out the bread that I THINK my body craves! I have tried making my own almond flour in the past and find my food processor works better than my nutribullet, and found it to be a bit grainy/chunky. Reading your blog has encouraged me to keep trying and not give up ….. trial and error makes a lot of yummy things along the way.
Looking forward to seeing some insane results to my workouts with this new dietary change.

Erin

costco has a huge bag of raw almonds for about $16. 3lbs of almonds! That’s a huge savings!

Tammy

Thank you for all your creative ideas! You have definitely made going grain free and dairy free a whole lot tastier! Question about the almond flour. I just made crispy almonds. That is where you soak them over night and then dehydrate them. Could you use these to make the almond flour?

Kathie

Wow thanks for that! I’m on the Ketogenic diet and this is perfect as I really love baking. Going to use almond flour to make my breakfast Bacon and Avocado muffins…Im so excited!

Madeleine

I’m making marzipan for my mum as one of her gifts for the holidays-we all miss it since we’ve moved to the US, but there’s only one place I’ve found that makes even halfway decent marzipan and it’s a 13 hour drive from here. Anyway, I just had to spend about twelve dollars on a 10oz bottle of rose water that I’ll be using a tiny dribble of (it was the only food-grade rose water I could find here) and then almond flour was near on 40$ for a decent size bag-15 for a little one. I was starting to worry until I found this-proper lifesaver you are!

Evy

I use the pulp from making Almond milk for almond flour, i just squeze the bag and put the pulp on a baking sheet and dry it carefully on low heat in the oven. Works and tasts just the same,maybe a little lighter, but i could not taste the difference.
So there you go – Almond milk and almond flour – at the same time!

Emily

Unfortunately, the blanched slivered almonds at my local Trader Joe’s are $3.99 for an 8 oz bag, so it’s actually more expensive. Booooooo! Lame!

    diane

    my trader joes has a lb bag of almond flour for $5.99 so it makes no sense to me to make your own……………..just saying

Jennifer

What blade did you use on your food processor to make the almond flour? Did you use a grater or the actual blade? I tried to grind up flax seed and it didn’t work but maybe since almonds are bigger and not as slippery as flax seed it may work.

    Sarah

    We use a coffee grinder for flaxseeds, works great!

Amanda

question did you use the dry or wet blade in the vitamix to make the almond flour thanks

    Megan Gilmore

    I only have the wet container, so that’s what I used!

      Penny

      This is a great help as we tried it in the dry container with patchy results. So, with using the Vitamix wet container for 20 seconds….did you use short pulses for 20 seconds? Did you have it on high or low? Or did you start at 1 and work your way up to full speed and then flip quickly to high? (Lots of questions, I know! But my husband spent the better part of an hour slowly grinding a lb of almonds in the dry container and then sifting out the bigger pieces, pulsing more and trying to avoid turning it into almond butter. Thanks, in advance, for your help! We should have looked here first!)

        Nova

        I’ve just been through this exactly and have the same questions! My almonds started turning into a paste in the vitamix!

Joel Godin

Wow, I’m on a diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis, and this is going to save me loads of money. So simple I’m kicking myself for not thinking of it on my own!

Bob

I recently made a cookie using the almond meal/flower that I think you gave the recipe for which was using the almond pulp and drying it out after making almond milk in the vita mix. The cookies came out awful and I had to throw them away. Could it be perhaps because using that type of Almond flour isn’t good for baking. Help

    Megan Gilmore

    Almond pulp cannot be used as a substitute for “almond flour” or “almond meal” in any recipe. Most of the fat is removed from almond pulp, and therefore it’s more similar to a grain flour than a nut flour for baking. I recommend ONLY using recipes that call for leftover almond pulp if you want to use that as an ingredient– I have a couple recipes here on the blog specifically for almond pulp, as well as in my cookbook.

Robert

Thanks so much I’m on a Keto life style and ran out of almond flour

MelodyWelch

I have almond meal .Can I make almond flour out of almond meal ? and how

Effie J. Sorg

Thanks a lot for the great post. I will share it with my known ones…..

Erica Esquivel

Do you think I can use whole almonds?
I have a grain mill, do you think I can use that instead of a blender or processor?

    Megan Gilmore

    I’ve never worked with a grain mill, so I couldn’t say for sure, but yes, you can use whole almonds. Almonds that are ground with their skins on are called “almond meal” and that bakes slightly differently than blanched almond flour, so just expect slightly different results. Almond meal makes more cake-like baked goods, while blanched almond flour makes more buttery, shortbread-like cookies and crackers.

      Erica Esquivel

      Thanks for you post, you have opened a new way of cooking for us and I appreciate it. Thanks for your info.

Kathy

Does a cup of almonds equal a cup of flour?

Sharon M. Jenson

I am so glad to have found your site. I just started keto and went shopping at a local Cub food market and almond flour was $13 a pound! ouch! I know where there is a Trader’s Joe.

I have never baked with almond flour…this is going to be great! Thank you. Will comment again afterwards. Sharon

Courtney

Thank you for posting this. I had ran out of almond flour and was desperate to make a sweet (SF GF mug cake). Ever since that first attempt at using my vitamix I’ve been grinding my own. I love Honeyville but not always thrilled with the price. I contemplated using my food processor but since you’ve already proven the results I’ll stick to my blender. Cheers!

Kathy M

Thanks so much for info on what worked best for making almond flour.

Connie Tyler

Is this almond meal instead of flour? I always thought that flour should be very powdery, where-as the meal is more grainy. TY.

    Megan Gilmore

    The difference between the two is that almond flour is made from blanched almonds, so the skin is removed and the result is a finer texture and you get crispier baked goods, like shortbread cookies. When you grind whole almonds with their skins, you get almond meal and it is a little grainier and the resulting baked goods have a more cake-like texture.

Viktoriah

Would this flour work with macarons? Almond flour is sooooo expensive and I’m dying to try making macarons.

Lola

Thank you so much. I am on fixed I come. A big help!!

Beverly

Thanks to all of you for your in site on making your own flours. I am just getting into all of this . Looking forward to making yummy things that are healthy !

Mary

Thank you for so much information!

SherrI

I recently went to Costco for the first time and got a 3 lbs bag of Almond Flour for $11.00 that comes out to $0.22 per ounce

Becky

I hv almond flour(AF) but recipe(pumpkin bread, Keto) calls for fine AF. How do I make it w the Reg. I already hv? When I use up what I hv I’ll make from nuts.

Andrea

Glad I found this info!! I wanted to try a recipe for a peach crumb cake that calls for a 1/2 cup of almond flour. I went to get the ingredients but didn’t want to spend $8 or $9 for a bag of the flour when I only need 1/2 cup. I’ll happily get the blanched almonds at Trader Joe’s and make the cake!! Thanks.

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