Product Review: Blanched Almond Flour

 

Is almond flour a good flour for the Paleo diet? I am asked this question here on this website many times each day, and the answer is a resounding yes!

First, almond flour is highly nutritious. For those of us watching our glycemic index, it is high in good fats and protein, and low in sugar and carbohydrates. Second, it is easy to use. Most of my almond flour recipes have 7 ingredients or less. Third, and most important of all, it tastes great! It is moist and delicious with a smooth buttery texture. Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, such as rice flour, almond flour does not have an odd gritty texture.

I started testing gluten-free flours in 1998, when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. After having tested just about every gluten-free flour out there, I can save you a lot of time and hassle when I say that almond flour is far superior to other flours in terms of every major aspect –nutrition, ease-of-use, and taste!

Please note, in all of my recipes, I use blanched almond flour! My recipes will not work with unblanched almond products, or almond meal, in fact, they will be epic failures, so I do not recommend even trying unblanched products.

I avoid purchasing almond flour retail at all costs! It is more than $15 per pound in the grocery store. If you purchase it online it is generally less than half of that including shipping. Yes, still expensive, but packed with protein and flavor, so for me, worth the cost.

One brand you will find in retail stores is Bob’s Red Mill. This product yields poor, runny results when used in my recipes. Compared to other brands it has a very coarse texture. I do not recommend using Bob’s Red Mill almond flour in my recipes.

I store my almond flour in gallon or half-gallon glass mason jars. I keep one out in a cabinet and leave all the other ones in the freezer. I keep mine refrigerated for up to 6 months, sometimes longer. Freezing seems to extend shelf life even more. Using it straight out of the freezer is an exercise in clumpy frustration, which is why I leave one out.

I hope you enjoy using this amazing flour as much as we do! I love it so much that I wrote a cookbook called The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, which was published by Random House in 2009.

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Comments

105 responses to “Product Review: Blanched Almond Flour”

  1. Hi Elena, I have been baking with almond flour for some time now and have been slowly changing the food I buy for my family to be organic. I love your website and all of your wonderful recipes-it has made eating healthier easier. Do you have any insight, perhaps, on organic vs. non-organic almonds and almond flours? I have done a little bit of digging and found an interesting article in my search-though I’m not sure how much truth there is behind it. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks much!
    Sarah

    • Sarah, thanks for your comment! I use conventional almond flour because the organic is still very expensive and not affordable for most people :-)

  2. Hi, Elana,

    I just wanted to mention that where I live in Canada, only Bob’s Red Mill is available, but from the research I’ve done, they produce more than one kind of almond flour. What I have found in a number of stores is their “Superfine Blanched Almond Flour,” and all your recipes are turning out amazing with it. Maybe they’ve improved their product since you tried it, or maybe you used their other almond flours, but the Superfine one is working perfectly.

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