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Almond Flour and Almond Meal

 Almond Flour
  • Almond flour is ground almonds that have the outer, dark skin of the almond removed (uses blanched almonds).
  • Just Almonds uses the freshest almonds to create our almond flour.
  • Prices start at $7.70/lb.  Quantity discounts start at 5 lbs.  Click on the button on the right to view discounts.
  • Made from 100% natural California almonds
  • Prized for their superior size and taste
  • No preservatives; no artificial ingredients
  • Kosher certified
  • Certified Gluten-free
  • Premium Quality
  • Guaranteed Freshness
  • Naturally Fresh Foods
  Almond Meal
  • Almond meal is ground almonds that have the outer skin left on.
  • Just Almonds uses the freshest almonds to create our almond meal.
  • Prices start at $5.80/lb.  Quantity discounts start at 5 lbs.  Click on the button on the right to view discounts.
  • Made from 100% natural California almonds
  • Prized for their superior size and taste
  • No preservatives; no artificial ingredients
  • Kosher certified
  • Certified Gluten-free
  • Premium Quality
  • Guaranteed Freshness
  • Naturally Fresh Foods

Nutritional Value of Almond Flour

Almond flour is very nutritious, easy to use and readily available. It’s also a great alternative for those of us who need to watch our glycemic index. Almond flour is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars.

Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, almond flour is moist and delicious. Almond flour is far superior to other flours in terms of taste, nutrition and ease-of-use.

A new study has found that naturally-occurring chemicals found in the skin of almonds may help boost the immune system’s response to infection. 

Researchers with the Institute of Food Research have found that the nut skins improved the ability of white blood cells to detect viruses, including those that cause flu and the common cold, while also increasing the body’s ability to prevent the viruses from replicating and spreading. In the lab, the scientists found that even after digestion, almond skin extracts were still effective in boosting the immune system although boiling the nuts seemed to decrease activity. 

Although nutritional guidelines suggest three ounces a day for other health benefits, research still needs to be done to find out how much to eat for the antiviral effect.

Uses of Almond Flour and Almond Meal

Almond flour is good in "quick-bread" type recipes, like muffins, nut breads, and pancakes.  It's not good for foods such as bread that require a real dough (you can't knead it). Usually, more eggs are required when baking with almond meal to provide more structure. 

Almond meal can also be used in breading fish, but care must be taken not to burn it.

Making Almond Flour

Almond Flour can make it in a blender or food processor, though care must be taken not to go too far, or you will have almond butter! Use fairly small amounts, and pulse until it's meal.

Storing Almond Flour

You can store almond flour in gallon or half-gallon glass mason jars and leave one in your fridge and leave the others in the freezer. Using almond flour straight out of the freezer is an exercise in clumpy frustration.

Shelf Life of Almond Flour

You can keep it refrigerated for up to 6 months, sometimes longer. Freezing seems to extend shelf life even more.

Use Almond Flour if You Have Wheat Allergies

According to the Mayo Clinic, a wheat allergy is an abnormal immune system reaction to one or more proteins found in wheat. And, an allergy to wheat is one of the more common food allergies in children

If you or your child has a wheat allergy, the immune system has developed a specific antibody — a disease-fighting agent — to a wheat protein. 

Wheat allergy may result in a wide range of symptoms, including hives, difficulty breathing and nausea. Wheat allergy can also cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. The primary treatment for a wheat allergy is to avoid wheat in all forms. Depending on the severity of the reaction, you also may have to consider managing reactions with medication. 

A wheat allergy may not be a life-long disorder. Whether or not you outgrow it may depend, in part, on when the allergy first appears. Wheat allergy in children usually develops during infancy or early toddler years. Most children with wheat allergy have other food allergies. Children usually outgrow wheat allergy between ages 3 and 5. Wheat allergy isn't as common in adolescents and adults.

Wheat Allergies and Celiac Disease

An allergic reaction to wheat is different from Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an immune system reaction that causes inflammation in the small intestines when a person eats any food containing gluten, one type of protein found in wheat. Celiac disease, or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is considered food sensitivity rather than a food allergy. Celiac disease is an immune system reaction to gluten that causes inflammation in the small intestines. This condition can result in poor absorption of essential nutrients from your food. A person may have both wheat allergy and celiac disease.

 If or someone that you know has a wheat allergy, you will likely experience symptoms within a few minutes to a few hours after eating something containing wheat. Wheat allergy symptoms include: 

Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat 

Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin 

Nasal congestion 

Itchy, watery eyes 

Difficulty breathing 

Cramps, nausea or vomiting 



Sources of Wheat Proteins 

Foods that may include wheat proteins include: 


Cakes and muffins

Breakfast cereals 





Hydrolyzed vegetable protein 

Soy sauce 

Condiments, such as ketchup 

Meat, crab or shrimp substitutes 

Coffee substitutes 

Meat products, such as hot dogs 

Dairy products, such as ice cream 

Natural flavorings 

Gelatinized starch 

Modified food starch 

Vegetable gum

If you have a wheat allergy, you may also be allergic to other grains with similar proteins. These related grains include: 




Foods Commonly Containing Wheat 

Here is the list of some of the foods to watch out for: 

Snacks - crackers, chips, cereals, snack mixes, pretzels 

Breads - bread, bagels, muffins, rolls, pastries, donuts, pancakes, waffles 

Desserts - cakes, cookies, baking mixes, pies, other baked goods 

Soups - most soups including broths 

Pastas - noodles, packaged dinners containing pasta 

Condiments - soy sauce, Worchester sauce, salad dressings, barbeque sauces, marinades, glazes, some vinegars 

Beverages - Beer (including non-alcoholic), root beer, drink mixes such as instant breakfast 

Meats - frozen meats (some are packaged with broth), lunch meats, hot dogs 

Gravies and Sauces - most likely thickened with wheat flour 

Misc. - flour tortillas, stuffing

Tabbouleh, Tabouleh or Tabouli - a salad made with bulgur 


If you discover that you do have a wheat allergy, then consider cooking with almond flour. It's nutritious and can be purchased in bulk for all your cooking needs. 

Wheat-free Diets 

Wheat-free diets take three forms: wheat-free, wheat and gluten-free, or wheat, gluten and casein-free. 

Wheat allergies, like many allergies, range from mild to severe. You may be able to eliminate wheat flour from your diet by avoiding traditional breads, muffins, cakes, cookies and gravies and resolve your discomforts. But some foods that you wouldn't connect to wheat allergies, including cheese and pickles, can also cause symptoms. 

Persons with celiac disease, for instance, are generally unable to tolerate gluten, a binding agent found in wheat, barley and rye, as well as wheat. And some people allergic to wheat are also intolerant of casein, a milk protein used to bind cheese and other foods. A diet free from wheat, gluten and casein may also alleviate some of the symptoms of autism, according to research conducted in England, Norway and the University of Florida. 

Hidden Wheat 

Wheat is commonly found in bread, pasta, crackers, couscous, semolina and bulgur. It can also be hidden in starches and flavorings. Since January 2006, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires that food containing wheat and seven other common food allergies be labeled. 

Reading Labels 

Label-reading is trickier for gluten-free dieters. If a product contains wheat gluten, it must legally be labeled in the allergy-warning section of its label. But if the source of gluten is barley or rye, such a label is not required. If you need to avoid gluten, look specifically for the word "gluten" in the list of ingredients. Other ingredients that may include gluten but not be labeled as such include extracts, starches and dextrin. 

Followers of a gluten-free diet may eat grains such as wild rice, corn, buckwheat, millet, oats, soybeans, almonds and sunflower seeds. Casein sources Casein is found in most products containing cow dairy, especially cheese. It can also be found in some other cheeses, such as those made from goat and sheep's milk, and in some non-dairy cheeses, including almond and soy. If a product contains casein, the "casein" should appear in the list of product ingredients.