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Old 09-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Almond Flour vs Almond Meal

After spending an hour making a 9 by 12 dish of mush, following a recipe for pumpkin bars, I discovered that what I had gotten from Netrition was almond meal, not almond flour. 2 questions:

How do I tell the difference when buying online? They are both called almond flour on the labels that I see!

And, now what do I do with the 2 bags of almond meal that I am stuck with, since baking is apparently not going to work?

I used to be such an awesome baker... this is so depressing!

Thanks for any help or ideas.
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Almond flour, to me, is made with blanched almonds, whereas almond meal is made with the whole almond, so still has the skins. Some almond flour is also partially defatted, making it fluffier.

You can't substitute one for one though, for regular flour. Make sure you're using a LC recipe that's tried and true! We have LOTS of them over at the Recipes Help forum.

I buy my almond flour from Honeyville. It's the best I've ever used.
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It was a low carb recipe, that called for almond flour. I will look up Honeyville, thanks. What do I do with all of this almond meal?



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Almond flour, to me, is made with blanched almonds, whereas almond meal is made with the whole almond, so still has the skins. Some almond flour is also partially defatted, making it fluffier.

You can't substitute one for one though, for regular flour. Make sure you're using a LC recipe that's tried and true! We have LOTS of them over at the Recipes Help forum.

I buy my almond flour from Honeyville. It's the best I've ever used.
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It was a low carb recipe, that called for almond flour. I will look up Honeyville, thanks. What do I do with all of this almond meal?
Honeyville is the best blanched almond flour. I made almond meal for years and used it. I just bought some from TJ's on purpose . To make almondbutter bread ( I like the color better ) and Barbo's rye bread.

Chicken Lady's carrot or fudge cakes are good with this flour. The chocolate Mayo Pound Cake is great with this flour. Just a few options.
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When you order it you want blanched almond flour.
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I would love links, thanks! have to do something with this stuff!

I will look for Blanched almond flour, thanks. I will have to find it somewhere in a smaller bag, 37.99 plus shipping is to much for me these days.
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Recipes just say almond flour. I have not seen one yet that calls for almond meal. How do you know which one they mean???
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Here is a quote from the blog "All Day I Dream About Food" regarding the differences in almond meal and almond flour that you may find helpful:

The only two products I’ve ever used which have the right to call themselves almond flour are Honeyville Blanched** and Oh! Nuts. I am sure there are a few others out there, but the rest definitely fall into the category of almond meal, a more coarsely ground substance.
Both have their uses, for certain. Almond meal is often good enough for baked goods where texture doesn’t matter as much. Muffins, for one thing. And since it’s often less expensive, it may be preferable to almond flour at times. It can be both blanched (Bob’s Red Mill) and unblanched (Trader Joe’s and others). And you don’t even have to buy almond meal, you can make it yourself if you have a good food processor.
So, if you’ve ever made an almond flour recipe and had issues with the final product holding together, leaching out the oils or butter, or not rising properly and holding its shape, a likely culprit is that you are using the coarser almond meal, instead of almond flour. The larger particles mean less cohesiveness for the finished product. For some things, it may not matter. But if it’s cakes and fine-textured items, it certainly does.
**Honeyville also makes a “natural” almond flour, from unblanched almonds. I haven’t tried it myself, but a reader of mine said that things made with it came out more dense and it didn’t rise as well. This could be due to a heavier weight in the almond skins and perhaps a chemical (like phytic acid) that changes the properties of the baked good.
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You could turn the almond meal into almond butter if you have a food processor.
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Almond meal is fine for items where a darker color and coarser texture isn't a detriment. Muffins are fine, as are some of the quick breads, even The Chicken Lady's carrot cake is OK with it.
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you are right to be confused. people are not clear what they were using when they made a recipe in many cases. but baking with the slightly coarser meal is not a disaster, normally. it still tastes good if it is a little coarser.
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Sign up for Honeyville's newsletter and you'll get notices of sales. Normally around every other month. They just had a 15% off one last week.
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Until you get almond flour you could make the almond meal less coarse in food prcessor and if you have it add about a tbs of coconut flour per cup of almond meal...If you don't have coconut flour you can still pulse the almond meal to make it finer and just use a little less liquid in the recipe till you can get some flour.
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Nuts.com sells 1 pound bags of almond flour for $7.99. Same day low cost shipping.
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Here is chicken lady's carrot cake.

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...cipe-pick.html

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...-cake-pic.html

I gave you the gluten free one because the ingredients are easier to get .

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...ound-cake.html

I have made these 3 with almond meal and they come out great.
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For those ordering from Honeyville, note that their "Natural Almond Flour" is made from almonds with skins, what is also referred to as almond meal. Their "Blanched Almond Flour" is what is being referred to here as almond flour. Personally, I think it is just semantics, as one source can call it flour and other can can it meal and it's really the same thing. I think finely ground almonds would give the most "flour-like" consistency, more coarsely ground would give "meal-like" consistency, and you also need to know if it is from blanched almonds or those with skin.
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After spending an hour making a 9 by 12 dish of mush, following a recipe for pumpkin bars, I discovered that what I had gotten from Netrition was almond meal, not almond flour. 2 questions:

How do I tell the difference when buying online? They are both called almond flour on the labels that I see!

And, now what do I do with the 2 bags of almond meal that I am stuck with, since baking is apparently not going to work?

I used to be such an awesome baker... this is so depressing!

Thanks for any help or ideas.
You can make the almond cheese rounds with meal. They are delicious.
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I have an idea for the almond meal that you bought. Make almond butter and use it for almond butter bread or rolls!

I wasn't paying attention when I ordered what I thought was almond flour(that's what the label said) when I was rushing. I use blanched almond flour(skins removed) for most of my baking. The only thing I use almond meal or(skin on) is when I make the almond butter bread. I mix a little oil into the almond meal and mix with my hand mixer until it turns to butter. My kids like the bread with skin on almond flour.

Here's the recipe link thread for the almond butter bread. I just made some rolls for our burgers tonight. You can use store bought almond butter or homemade.

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...ter-bread.html
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Thank you. I will try these. But even with these, it does not say Almond meal, it says almond flour. See what I mean? How do I know which recipes need which?

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Here is chicken lady's carrot cake.

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...cipe-pick.html

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...-cake-pic.html

I gave you the gluten free one because the ingredients are easier to get .

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...ound-cake.html

I have made these 3 with almond meal and they come out great.
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Much better, thank you! That, I can do!

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Nuts.com sells 1 pound bags of almond flour for $7.99. Same day low cost shipping.
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Thank you. I will try these. But even with these, it does not say Almond meal, it says almond flour. See what I mean? How do I know which recipes need which?

Thanks.
All of those recipes use the blanched(skin off)almond flour. If you're ever unsure about a recipe you can always ask. We all like to help when we can!
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I just make the almond flour fudge cake. It did work with almond meal! Thank you!!! A teeny bit dry but I can live with that, still very good.

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Here is chicken lady's carrot cake.

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...cipe-pick.html

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...-cake-pic.html

I gave you the gluten free one because the ingredients are easier to get .

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...ound-cake.html

I have made these 3 with almond meal and they come out great.
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Don't know if this has been mentioned upthread, as I haven't read all three pages, but I always use Trader Joe's whole almond meal for these crackers. It gives them a nice appearance and really good flavor.

Almond Thins
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I just make the almond flour fudge cake. It did work with almond meal! Thank you!!! A teeny bit dry but I can live with that, still very good.
You go Catzmom!!!
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I had not found those yet, thanks!!!

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Don't know if this has been mentioned upthread, as I haven't read all three pages, but I always use Trader Joe's whole almond meal for these crackers. It gives them a nice appearance and really good flavor.

Almond Thins
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