Learn all about almond flour with my Paleo almond flour recipes index with pros, cons and best places to buy almond flour. The following post goes into detail on the pros and cons of almond flour, a list of the best places to buy it and an index of all the best Paleo almond flour recipes.
Almond flour is blanched (skin removed), ground almonds . That’s it. Almond meal is ground almonds with the skins left on and is a bit coarser. Almond flour is best for baking, since it’s lighter in texture and color and will make your food smoother and fluffier. Almond meal is usually a little cheaper, so use it for things like breading. The finer the almonds are ground, the better your baked goods will turn out.
You can make almond meal at home by carefully blending almonds – just don’t blend too much or you’ll get almond butter . I use the Vitamix dry container for that. I haven’t been able to figure out how to easily make my own almond flour because of the whole blanching thing, but I would love to know if anyone has any ideas on how to do that.
It’s a popular Paleo flour because it can more or less be subbed 1:1 for wheat flour, although you usually have to make several adjustments to the recipe, like a little more egg.
It makes things have a nutty flavor, which usually is a good thing.
Almonds contain healthy fats and are high in protein and low in carbs.
It blends well with other Paleo flours
It can make your baked goods dense (especially if you use almond meal) and crunchy, so if you don’t like crunchy cookies, this may not be the flour for you.
Like all Paleo flours, no gluten means no elasticity.
Well, it’s obviously not good if you have a nut allergy.
You can easily eat way too many almonds all at once. For example, a cup of almond flour contains 90 nuts. You have to be careful because it’s easy to not realize how many you are eating.
Almonds can cause inflammation.
Almonds can be hard for many people to digest, especially in the quantities you tend to eat with almond flour.
Almond flour burns easily, so lower the oven temperature by about 25°F to 50°F and bake for slightly longer. And keep an eye on your baked goods because they can go from not done to over done really fast.
I’ve wasted a lot of almond flour because it went bad. Once opened, it will keep for a month in the refrigerator and 6 to 8 months in the freezer. If you store it in the freezer, just remove the portion you need for your recipe and let it come to room temperature for 20 minutes.
Brand and Cost ComparisonUnfortunately, everyone doesn’t live close to a warehouse store, but if you do, make sure and check there before you buy it anywhere else. Side note – isn’t it cool that Paleo flours are mainstream enough to be in places like Costco? I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it at my Costco.
Honeyville (my personal favorite) - Amazon
Honeyville (my personal favorite) - Honeyville
Blue Diamond - Costco
Bob's Red Mill - Sam's Club
Anthony's - Amazon
Bob's Red Mill - Amazon
Bob's Red Mill - Thrive Market
Bob's Red Mill - Vitacost
Bob's Red Mill - Wal-Mart
This Paleo pizza crust recipe is the most like a “real” thin crust pizza I’ve found. I can actually pick up my pizza!
Try these almond flour Paleo muffins today. You’ll love the light texture of the muffins combined with the crunchy topping and are wonderful to make ahead of time for a quick breakfast-on-the-go.
Make this Paleo apple cake that is light and fluffy and sweetened with fresh apples and pure maple syrup. It is perfect for breakfast or dessert and is gluten-free and Paleo friendly.
Looking for some flavorful Paleo burger buns? Then look no further. These are mainly made from almond flour and a star ingredient: diced Spanish chorizo.
These almond flour Paleo scones are quick to make and are filled with your favorite dried fruits and seeds and are extra good topped with some butter and jelly.
I love how the main ingredient on these dessert Paleo waffles are zucchini. Well, and chocolate. Gotta love chocolate. . .
I love these rich vanilla almond Paleo blondies because the maple syrup and butter go really well with the almond flour and I love the coconut cream frosting.
I love the combo of caramel and chocolate in this Paleo twin pie. I can’t believe it’s grain-free and re-fined sugar free!
I love how the tang from the cranberries compliments the sweet crust in this Paleo cranberry bars recipe. Plus, it’s easy and fun to throw together and looks so pretty and festive.
These Paleo pecan pie bars have a light, thick crust topped with a Vegan caramel and chocolate chip topping.
This super simple and delicious Paleo blueberry crisp is made with all-natural ingredients and is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. It’s a perfect way to enjoy summer all year long!
This Paleo apple galette recipe is simple, rustic and delicious. I love the way the apples turn out and the crust is so good. This is basically the healthiest and easiest apple recipe ever!
This sweet potato pie recipe is so good! The crust is to die for! I’m going to make this all the time now.
The crust for this Paleo pumpkin pie is super-easy to make and involves only a few ingredients. The pumpkin custard is firm and full of autumn spice! The topping is made of a slightly honey sweetened coconut cream that goes so nicely with the almond crust.
There’s so much to love about these Paleo sweet potato muffins. They’re easy to make, versatile, made from healthy ingredients and absolutely delicious. They taste so good I’d never guess they’re healthy! They are Paleo, Gluten-Free, Clean Eating, and Dairy-Free too.
These Paleo pumpkin muffins have 3 different Paleo “flours,” which makes it so you can’t taste any one flour. I definitely need to make these again!
These Paleo pumpkin bars are easier to make than pie. The crust is made with pecans and dates. The filling layer is almost a mousse/chiffon texture and is made by pureeing pumpkin puree, dates, coconut oil, etc. They have a very luxurious texture.
These skillet baked lemon almond flour pancakes are also clean eating and gluten-free. If you love the taste of lemons, you’ll love these pancakes.
This easy Paleo bread machine recipe makes a delicious, all-purpose loaf you can slice and enjoy anytime. The best part is your bread machine does most of the work!
This Paleo apple crisp recipe is buttery, sweet, and crunchy. The arrowroot starch helps the cooked apples achieve a glossy, thick sauce while the honey sweetens it just enough. I really like how the the apple crisp caramelizes plus I prefer the texture of the crispy, crunchy crust combined with the soft warm apples.
These cookies are soft and chewy, yummy and still healthy. I eat them all the time for snacks and dessert. One thing I really like about cookies is that they have an automatic portion control. That is unless you eat too many of them. I also like the convenience of cookies because you can grab them and go. Sometimes I eat these for breakfast because they are so healthy.
These Paleo pancakes are light and fluffy, compared to other Paleo pancakes recipes I have tried and are quick to pull together. I love how there are 3 kinds of Paleo “flours” so you can’t taste any one kind. Almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour and bananas are the main ingredients in this Paleo pancakes recipe.
This paleo cupcakes recipe is made better with the addition of cinnamon which gives it the snickerdoodle flavor. The tops are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
This Paleo biscuits recipe actually turns out good! The biscuits are light and fluffy and have a great texture.
This Paleo hamburger buns recipe is surprisingly easy and good. I especially love it with Paleo sloppy joes.
I’m in love with these Paleo salted carmelitas! The caramel sauce is so good and really compliments the nuts.