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Disclaimer: The answers to these questions are not intended to replace medical or other professional advice. The information presented here is solely meant to inform and entertain. Please consult your physician or another trusted health professional for advice regarding weight loss and diabetes management.
What is almond flour?
Almond flour is made by removing the skins of almonds and grinding the nuts into a fine powder. The texture of almond flour can vary by brand. Honeyville Farms makes the most finely ground almond flour, so I highly recommend using it in your almond flour baked goods.
What is the difference between almond meal and almond flour?
Almond flour is made from almonds with the skins removed. Almond meal is made from whole almonds, so it is stronger in flavor and darker in color.
Can I make my own almond meal or almond flour?
You can make your own almond meal by grinding blanched (skins removed), sliced almonds into a fine powder. To get the texture as fine as a the Honeyville product, you would need to sift it. To make almond flour, you would ground whole or sliced almonds (skins on) into a meal. Again, the texture would be best after sifting. It’s a lot of work! The best tools for the job are the Magic Bullet or a standard food processor.
How do you bake with almond flour? Can you substitute it for white (all-purpose) flour?
You cannot directly substitute almond flour for flour made from wheat. It also cannot be substitute for gluten-free flour blends, as it performs very differently from grain flours. You can find tips for creating your own baked goods from almond flour in the Healthy Indulgences Cookbook!
What is coconut flour?
Coconut flour is a fibrous powder made from defatted, finely ground coconut meat. It is a byproduct of coconut oil production. You cannot make it at home because you would have to extract the oil from the coconut meat before grinding it. I recommend using Nutiva brand coconut flour because it is very finely ground and is the most reasonably priced (get the 3 lb bag!).