Almond flour and meal has rapidly grown in popularity over the past few years and for good reason. Low carb, keto and gluten-free recipes often call for almond flour and meal. 

Below we’ve answered the most common questions we get asked about when it comes to this nutritious ingredient.

What is almond flour?

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Almond flour is made by grinding down blanched almonds (this means the skins have been removed) into a fine flour-like product. It has a beautiful light cream colour and a delicious buttery taste, which is perfect for low carb, keto and sugar-free baking.

It has a finer grind than almond meal. Because of the high-fat content, sometimes almond flour can “re clump” once it’s been packed. To ensure it is as fine and even as you want it to be, a good idea is to run it through a regular kitchen flour sieve before using.

What is almond meal?

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Almond meal is made by grinding down natural almonds (that still have the skins on). The benefit of using almond meal over almond flour is that you get the extra nutrients and fibre that are in the skins. Because the skins are still on, you will notice a nice brown speckle through your almond meal. Almond meal can be great to use in muffins and cookies, especially if you like that wholesome and natural look and taste.

Where do you source your Premium Almond Flour and Almond Meal?

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Our Almond Flour and Almond Meal are 100% Australian, made from almonds grown in South Australia. We then pack small batches weekly in our gluten-free facility in Sydney, meaning maximum freshness for you. It is important that the almond flour and meal you use is fresh, because of the high-fat content, if the product is not fresh it can have a rancid taste and affect your baking.

Is almond meal the same as almond flour?

Almond flour is similar to almond meal, but not identical. In many recipes, almond flour and almond meal can be used interchangeably, however not always. There are two main differences between these two almond products.

  • The almond skin. Almond Flour is made from blanched almonds, meaning the skin has been removed, and the finished product is a beautiful, light, creamy colour, similar to that of flour. Almond Meal is made from natural almonds (meaning the skins are still on) and this gives a natural, wholesome, speckled finished product.
  • The “fineness” of the grind – Almond flour is ground down to a finer grind, closer (but not identical to) wheat or coconut flour. Almond meal is slightly courser. To make extra superfine almond flour, simply run it through a standard kitchen sieve.

Nutritional information:

Almond flour and meal, both have approximately 90% less carbs than traditional wheat or gluten-free flours and half the carbs of coconut flour, making them perfect for low carb, keto and gluten-free baking.

Top 5 benefits:

  • It’s low carb, keto-friendly and gluten-free!
  • Can be used to make diabetic friendly cakes and desserts.
  • Almond flour adds a delicious buttery taste and texture to baked goods.
  • Highly nutritious, packed with healthy fats and fibre, meaning products baked with almond flour can keep you full for longer and reduce snacking.
  • PBCo. Premium Almond flour is 100% Australian, meaning you’re supporting Aussie farmers and businesses.

How to use almond flour?

It’s delicious in muffins, cookies and cakes. Some recipes call for just almond flour, others call for a blend of almond flour and coconut flour. Even before my low carb journey, I used to add half a cup of almond flour to all my traditional cakes because it dramatically improves the texture and taste of baked goods! 

How to use almond meal?

Almond meal can be used in low carb, keto and gluten-free recipes such as cookies, muffins and cakes. Goodies baked with almond meal will have a lovely wholesome brown speckle through them.

Almond flour substitutes?

When you’re following a recipe that calls for almond flour, most of the time you can use almond meal. When baking, whether I use almond flour or almond meal, I usually run it through a sieve to make it as fine as possible. If you run the almond meal through a sieve, you will be left with small specks of almond skin in the sieve. You can choose to tip them back in your mix or leave them out! 

Whilst coconut flour is another lower-carb flour, it’s not usually a direct substitute, as it requires a LOT more (like nearly double) the amount of liquid.

Because of the extra liquid needed, it wouldn’t be advisable to simply swap to coconut flour

We hope this detailed information has provided the answers to your questions around Almond Flour and Almond Meal, and hopefully given you a few extra reasons to love these ingredients!

Anna x

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Anna Hopkins
As the founder of PBCo. and Mum to an energetic toddler, Anna is an advocate for low carb living because it gives her the energy and vitality to power through long days, feeling great.

Anna is passionate about making low carb living easy, enjoyable and economical, and believes that everyone deserves to feel their best!