Gluten-Free Flours 101: Almond Flour

almonds in a bowl

Written by Glen Call

August 12, 2020

An alternative flour that is gaining more attention these days is almond flour. From gluten-free to paleo to keto, people love almond flour. And while it’s not common to use nuts as a source of flour, almonds are the exception. It’s especially prevalent in gluten-free products. Here are a few things you should know about almond flour.

Where do the Almonds for Almond Flour Grow?

Most almonds grow in only seven countries around the world. The vast majority of almonds (80%) are grown in the US, with most of those grown in California. Spain, Australia, China, and Turkey round out the top five producers globally. The reason for the scarcity of suppliers? Almonds need a particular climate to grow. Almond trees are also water-intensive. These conditions make it challenging to grow almonds in drought conditions, as California has experienced over the last few years.

Wait, How do You Turn a Nut into Flour?

To make almond flour, you first start with raw almonds. You remove the skins by boiling the almonds in a process called blanching. Blanching eliminates phytic acid, which is prevalent in all nuts. With the skins removed, the almonds are ground into a fine powder called almond flour. The big difference between almond flour and almond meal is that almond meal typically does not remove the skins before grinding the almonds.

Is Almond Flour Healthy?

Because almond flour comes from nuts, it contains healthy fats and minerals. It also contains more calories than other flours. But almond flour has more protein and dietary fiber than other gluten-free flours. And almond flour also has high levels of vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. With a cup of almond flour, you get the protein and healthy fats of a handful of nuts. These health properties make almond flour desirable over traditional flours.

Is Almond Flour Right for My Product?

Almond flour has a taste that people love. It can easily be substituted for other flours to give your food a sweet, nutty flavor and texture. Almond flour will often leave products a little flatter than flour with gluten. For this reason, manufacturers use them in products like pancakes, crepes, or breading. These foods don’t need lighter, fluffier textures like you would need in bread or cake. Because almonds are a tree nut, some people may be allergic to it, so keep that in mind. But, almond flour is paleo and keto-friendly. Adding them to your product can give you more credibility with those customers.

In Conclusion

Almond flour is a healthy alternative for your gluten-free products. It has a delicious, nutty, almost sweet taste to it which your customers will love. It’s high in protein and fiber while low in carbs. Plus, you can’t beat the vitamin E content. And if you want to cater to paleo and keto markets, almond flour will resonate well with those customers.

As an experienced co-packer, we can help you create your gluten-free product in our dedicated facilities where your products are tested for gluten and uncompromised. You can also learn more about some of the other flours we have available including oat flour, cassava flour, and more.

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