We love the almond meal and almond flour.
It is grain free and allows substituting wheat in a lot of baking recipes.
You can find almond meal and flour in your local health/organic store or order online (check here what other items you can buy online).
Or like any other food, you could prepare the homemade almond meal using this easy recipe.
Do you make almond milk very often?
Have you ever wondered what could you do with the pulp left?
You can easily transform the pulp into the homemade almond meal.
Moreover, both almond milk and almond flour can be done at the same time that will save you not only time but also money.
Almond Flour vs Almond Meal
What is almond flour or almond meal?
It is the pulp of almonds left after removing the liquid out of the almonds.
In other words, it is leftovers left after making homemade almond milk.
Now some recipes use almond flour as an ingredient, others use almond meal.
What is the difference between those two?
What makes almond meal different from almond flour is that almond meal is made with unblanched almonds where almonds do not have their skin intact removed.
That makes the almond meal in a way whole food.
Nutritionally there is not any big difference between almond flour and almond meal.
However, the almond meal will slightly have a higher amount of fiber as whole almonds are used in it.
The presence of skin intact increase insignificantly the amount of iron too.
Basically, there is not any difference to whether you use almond flour or almond meal.
Personally, I prefer to use almond meal in my granola baking (for example, in granola cookies recipe). In all other cases, I use almond flour.
Does It Worth An Effort?
It does worth an effort, especially when you make homemade almond milk.
Personally, I do not like wasting good products.
When it comes to almonds, they are not as cheap as we would like them to be. And if you make homemade almond milk at least once a week, you are going through at least 2 cups of almonds (if you have a small family and have moderate consumption of almond milk).
If you can use the pulp and make other paleo friendly food out of it, why not to use the half-ready product?
And it is basically a half-ready product.
The only thing that needs to be done is dehydration and milling.
That is it!
Yes, dehydration takes some time, but your oven will do it for you, so the only thing you will need is a timer.
It is that simple. I very recommend using a high-speed blender to mill the flour.
Benefits of Almond Meal
Almond meal or almond flour is simply ground-up almonds, so all the benefits of almonds are applicable to the almond meal or almond flour.
One cup of almond meal contains approximately 90 almonds and provides over 100% of daily recommended Vitamin E.
Here are some benefits that almonds could bring to your health:
- Helps with the weight loss. Studies showed that people who substituted complex carbs with almonds have 62% more success in losing weight and 56% greater fat mass reduction
- Improves your energy level. Almonds contain a right combination of healthy fats, macronutrients, and micronutrients that will improve your energy level. Specifically, almonds contain energy ‘boosters’ like riboflavin, manganese, and copper
- Helps manage blood sugar. Studies showed that almonds could help decrease diabetes incidents and coronary heart disease
- Help keep your heart healthy. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat that is excellent for maintaining cholesterol levels and good heart health
How Can You Use It?
Almond meal or flour can be used in basically any kind of baked foods.
The most common use of the almond meal would be:
- cookies (check here granola cookies recipe and chocolate chip cookies recipe)
- sweet bread
- breakfast bread
- sauces etc.
Have you ever thought of what to do with the almond pulp left after making almond milk? Make a homemade almond meal and use it to bake nutritious cookies!
- 1 cup Almond Pulp
Preheat the oven to 170F (80C)
Spread the almond pulp on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 2.5 hours.
Shred the dried almond pulp in the high-speed blender.
The ratio is approximately 1.5:1, meaning 1.5 cups of almonds will give you approximately 1 cup of almond meal.
What is your favorite recipe using almond meal?