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What Is Almond Flour?

So what is almond flour anyway? And how do you use it? Consider this post your ultimate guide to almond flour, with tips on how to use it and store it. Let’s go!

When it comes to gluten-free flours, almond flour is one of the OGs. Before we were figuring out how to use cassava and tigernut flour to make muffins, almond flour was a staple in most gluten-free households.

Almond flour has been around for a long time, and it’s a go-to for those who are gluten intolerant or following a low-carb or keto lifestyle. And unlike some of those newer gluten-free flours—we’re looking at you, tigernut!—it’s a flour you can find in just about every grocery store these days.

A brown bowl with almond flour and a whisk

What Is Almond Flour?

Almond flour is simply ground blanched almonds. That’s it!

The almonds are ground into a powder, although it’s not quite as fine as traditional wheat flour.

Almond flour is a fantastic option for those seeking a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour, but it’s important to understand that almond flour doesn't behave like regular flour in baking. It has its own quirks and there are some tricks you need to know in order to achieve delicious results.

Almond Flour vs. Wheat Flour

Let's talk about the differences between almond flour and regular flour. What is almond flour like compared to wheat flour?

Traditional all-purpose flour is wheat, while almond flour is a product of nuts. This means that almond flour has a much higher fat content than regular flour, but also a lower carb content compared to regular flours—which is why it’s so popular in the keto community.

The fats in almond flour are mostly healthy unsaturated fats, which are beneficial for your body. Plus, because of its high fat content, almond flour is much more filling, keeping you satisfied for longer. You know that crash you get after eating a donut or muffin made with regular flour? You don’t get that with almond flour!

Another key difference is the fact that wheat flour has gluten. This, of course, is what you want to avoid if you’re on a gluten-free diet, but the downside is that it means almond flour doesn't have the same elasticity as regular flour. Because of this, it’s important to use other ingredients or techniques (like adding xanthan gum or extra eggs) to help bind the ingredients together and give baked goods the right texture.

Using Almond Flour in Baking

With so many differences between almond flour and wheat flour, you may be wondering how you can use it successfully in baking.

Well, that's where the fun begins. And by “fun,” I mean: science!

Almond flour works best in recipes that call for a lighter and fluffier texture, such as cakes, cookies, and pancakes. For something where you want some chewiness—like a bagel or sandwich bread—almond flour is going to let you down. Basically, our first science lesson is to work with almond flour, not against it.

As mentioned above, you’ll also need to make some adjustments to the other ingredients in a recipe. This means almond flour is not something you can make a measure-for-measure swap with for all-purpose flour. Instead, the entire recipe will need to be reformulated.

Almond flour pancake batter in bowl

More Questions About Almond Flour

In addition to “what is almond flour,” you might have a few more questions about this gluten-free flour. Here are some answers!

Is Almond Flour Gluten-Free?

Yes, almond flour is naturally gluten-free, so it’s safe for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance to consume. 

Is Almond Flour Healthy?

Almond flour is definitely a healthy option. It contains mostly unsaturated fats and it’s lower in carbs, making it a great choice for those following a low-carb or keto diet. It also has a good amount of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. 

Is Almond Flour Keto?

Yes, almond flour is a popular choice for those following a keto diet thanks to its relatively high fat content and low carb count. You’ll find it in all kinds of keto recipes!

Does Almond Flour Go Bad?

Like any other flour, almond flour can go bad if not stored properly—and unfortunately, it’s actually more prone to spoiling because of the high fat content. Once you open your almond flour, I recommend refrigerating it to extend its lifespan. If you don’t use it often, you can even freeze it. Check for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell or color, before using almond flour in your recipes.

Is Almond Meal the Same as Almond Flour?

Almond flour is made from blanched almonds that have had their skins removed before being ground into a fine powder. This results in a lighter color and finer texture. On the other hand, almond meal is made from whole almonds—skins included—that have been coarsely ground, resulting in a slightly heavier and grainier texture. Almond flour is better for lighter and fluffier baked goods, while almond meal is great for adding texture to dishes like coatings or crusts.

Can You Substitute Almond Flour for Regular Flour?

Yes and no. As mentioned earlier, almond flour and regular flour have different properties, so you can't substitute it 1:1 in recipes the same way you can with a measure-for-measure gluten-free flour blend. With some study and practice, you can start making tweaks to recipes in order to use almond flour in place of wheat flour. In the meantime, though, I recommend sticking with recipes that were specifically developed for almond flour.

15 Almond Flour Recipes to Try

Now that we've answered, “what is almond flour?”, here are my favorite recipes for putting it to use.

This Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is not only easy but also HEALTHY and delicious!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This recipe takes the classic banana bread and gives it a healthier, nuttier twist. The almond flour creates a fantastic texture and the chocolate chips provide the perfect touch of sweetness to this moist gluten-free quick bread.
Check out this recipe
Glazed blueberry muffin on cooling rack

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

A typical blueberry muffin is a carb and sugar bomb, but this healthier version is a great way to start your day without the post-carb crash. Keep them stocked in the freezer for a grab-and-go breakfast!
Check out this recipe
Pouring maple syrup on an almond flour waffle with berries

Wholesome Almond Flour Waffles

Upgrade your breakfast game with these almond flour waffles. They're crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and made with wholesome ingredients. Just add a drizzle of maple syrup!
Check out this recipe
Vegan Almond Flour Pizza Recipe

Gluten-Free Vegan Almond Flour Crust

A vegan pizza crust made with almond flour?! Yes! This recipe delivers a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional pizza dough that’s both grain-free and dairy-free.
Check out this recipe
These HEALTHY Almond Flour Sugar Cookies are fluffy, chewy and topped with an incredible chocolate frosting! [VEGAN]

Chewy Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

Almond extract is often a secret ingredient in sugar cookie recipes, which means almond flour is a natural fit for this sweet treat. Enjoy them as is or add your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit.
Check out this recipe
Overhead view of gluten-free pumpkin pie on plate with gold fork

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

A pumpkin pie everyone at the table can eat! The almond flour crust is easy to make and provides a subtle nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the creamy pumpkin filling.
Check out this recipe
pouring white glaze over an apple cinnamon muffin

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Cozy spiced muffins with chunks of tender apples and a light, moist crumb—these apple cinnamon muffins are one of my absolute favorites for fall. Enjoy them with a cup of chai for the perfect autumnal treat.
Check out this recipe
overhead of lemon bars with one turned on its side

Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

Made with almond flour and fresh lemon juice, these lemon bars are a healthier take on the classic dessert—without sacrificing that signature texture and sweet-tangy flavor.
Check out this recipe
Healthy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Healthy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin spice lovers, this one's for you! These easy gluten-free pancakes are packed with pumpkin flavor and can be customized with your favorite mix-ins like diced apples, chopped nuts, chocolate chips. 
Check out this recipe
These HEALTHY Vegan Pumpkin Donuts are also gluten-free and topped with a healthy coconut icing!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Pumpkin Donuts

Donuts made with almond flour? Yes, it’s possible! These gluten-free pumpkin donuts are a fun treat for cozy season. The pumpkin puree adds moisture and flavor, while the almond flour creates a soft, tender crumb.
Check out this recipe
Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

This gluten-free apple crisp recipe uses almond flour in the topping for a healthier twist on the classic dessert. While you can totally serve it as-is, in my humble opinion, it’s incomplete without a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
Check out this recipe
Glazed lemon poppy seed muffin

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Coconut Butter Icing

Lemon and almonds are an under-rated combo that really shines in these almond flour lemon poppyseed muffins. The muffins are light, fluffy, and packed with zesty lemon flavor. The poppy seeds add a fun crunch to each bite!
Check out this recipe
Slices of glazed blueberry banana bread topped with lemon zest

Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread

Blueberries make this gluten-free banana bread recipe extra special! They add a little extra moisture and bright berry flavor to every bite, while the almond flour gives this quick bread a light, tender crumb.
Check out this recipe
box of vegan gingerbread cookies for gifting

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Who says gingerbread cookies are just for the holidays? I make these easy gluten-free cookies year-round! Not only are they made without traditional flour, they’re also completely plant-based.
Check out this recipe
Closeup of vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffin with bite taken out

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Another pumpkin recipe, because you can never have enough pumpkin in the fall, right? These muffins are completely plant-based and the almond flour adds a lovely texture—and the chocolate chips make them taste like a treat!
Check out this recipe

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