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May 23, 2024 4 min read

Ground almonds are a popular ingredient in both baking and cooking. It's used to replace traditional wheat flour to make cakes, cookies, muffins, and bread. It's also sometimes used as a coating for meats, fish, or vegetables before frying or baking. Whatever it's used for, you'll find ground almonds a useful ingredient in your kitchen. In this guide, we'll show you how to make your own almond meal from whole almonds—it's super easy!

What's the Difference Between Almond Meal and Almond Nut Flour?


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Homemade almond flour is made from blanched almonds without the skins. They have a fine, powdery texture and are ideal for baking cakes and bread or making almond milk or almond butter. On the other hand, almond meal is typically made from whole almonds, skins included. They have a coarser texture and are slightly darker in color. They're typically used for muffins and crusts.

Easy Ways to Grind Almonds

Here are some simple ways to grind almonds:

1) Mortar and Pestle


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A mortar and pestle is a traditional kitchen tool used for grinding and crushing ingredients. The mortar is a sturdy bowl, typically made from wood, stone, or ceramic. The pestle is a heavy, blunt tool used to crush against the mortar. Here's how to grind almonds with a mortar and pestle:

  • Start with the amount of almonds needed for your recipe. If you're not following a recipe, a small handful is a good amount to begin with to prevent overcrowding.
  • If your almonds are roasted, let them cool completely. Raw almonds can be used directly.
  • Roughly cut the almonds in half on a chopping board.
  • Place a small amount of chopped almonds in the mortar to avoid spilling them out as you grind.
  • Hold the pestle with your dominant hand and press it down on the almonds. Use a twisting motion to grind them into smaller pieces. Keep pressing and twisting until you've reached the desired consistency—coarse grind is ideal for toppings and fine grinds are ideal for baking needs.
  • Use a spoon or spatula to scrape the almond pulp out of the mortar. If you're not using them immediately, store the ground almonds in an airtight container.

Useful Tip:If the almonds start to clump together, they may be releasing oil. In this case, add a pinch of sugar or flour to absorb the oil and continue grinding.

2) Food Processor or High Powered Blender


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A food processor is an electric kitchen appliance that typically consists of a large bowl with a rotating metal blade that chops, slices, shreds, grinds, and blends food in various textures. Here's how to grind almonds using a food processor:

  • Make sure the almonds are dry and at room temperature. Moisture can lead to uneven grinding or cause the almonds to clump.
  • Place a moderate amount of almonds into the processor. The almonds should not reach more than one-third of the bowl.
  • Assemble your food processor. Use the pulse function to grind the almonds in short bursts.
  • After several pulses, check the consistency of the almonds. Continue pulsing until you achieve the desired fineness. For a very fine meal, you might need to pulse for longer.
  • Occasionally, stop the processor and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure all pieces are ground evenly.

Useful Tip:A food processor can heat up with prolonged use, which might affect the oils in the almonds. If the processor starts to warm, let it cool down for a few minutes before continuing.

3) Coffee Grinder


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A coffee grinder is a small appliance designed to grind coffee beans to various textures, from coarse to very fine. It's also suitable for grinding other items like spices and nuts. Here's how to use one to grind almonds:

  • Clean your coffee grinder thoroughly to remove any leftover coffee oils or residue that might affect the flavor of the almonds.
  • Make sure your coffee grinder is a burr grinder if you need a very fine grind. Blade grinders will work but won't be as effective.
  • Place a small number of almonds into the grinder. Fill it about a quarter of the way.
  • Pulse the grinder in short bursts to grind the almonds.
  • Occasionally shake the grinder gently to redistribute the almonds for an even grind.

Note:A coffee grinder is best for small batches of almonds.


Can I make almond flour or meal in advance?

Yes, you can. Store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a month or in the refrigerator for up to three months to maintain freshness.

Are there any nutritional benefits to using almond flour instead of wheat flour?

Almond flour is gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, and high in protein and healthy fats compared to traditional wheat flour. It also provides vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making it a nutritious alternative for those on gluten-free or low-carb diets.

Can I substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour in recipes?

Yes. However, because it lacks gluten, it may require additional binding agents like eggs or xanthan gum. The substitution might not always be a 1:1 ratio, so check specific recipes for guidance.


Grinding almonds is super easy. Whether you prefer the efficiency of a food processor or the simplicity of a hand grater, there's a method suited to your needs. And for those who appreciate hands-on grinding, consider trying Pepe Nero, the reliable mortar and pestle solution to finely grind nuts, almonds, and more.

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