Almonds are a versatile tree nut. They are rich in healthy fats, high in vitamin E, high in protein and contain calcium, iron and zinc.
I generally soak them over night where I can.
Almond meal, almond flour or ground almond is made from ground sweet almonds. I use Almond Meal in my Almond and Chia Bread Recipe. Almond flour is usually made with blanched almonds (no skin), whereas almond meal can be made both with whole or blanched almonds.
I prefer to use homemade almond meal (leaving the skin intact) – it is whole food and can often cost less than purchasing almond meal from the shops.
I soak my almonds whenever I can but really look at how much I will be eating to really decide. If it will only be a small amount – I know my body has the ability to manage it. Too much and my bum reminds me!
If activating them, you will need to soak overnight, rinse and then dry them in your oven or dehydrator before using as a “dry” ingredient.
Homemade almond meal is so easy to make. In no time at all you can have fresh almond meal for any cooking venture.
Be sure to refrigerate (or wrap, label and freeze) any unused almond meal because it can become rancid after being ground and exposed to oxygen and light.
There are two ways I make almond meal:
Using a Food Processor
- Place 1 or 2 cups of whole almonds into the blender bowl and blend down until they reach the consistency you need.
- You can keep pulsing the mix until it gets quite fine but remember to keep an eye on the almond meal as you continue grinding – it can quickly turn to almond butter.
- Making almond meal this way is quick but you won’t get the fine meal you buy in the supermarket or what you get when you put it through a coffee grinder.
Coffee Bean Grinder
- Place ½ cup whole, unblanched almonds in a clean electric coffee bean grinder.
- Put the lid on the coffee bean grinder and pulse several times until a medium-fine textured meal forms. Don’t over-grind or you will make almond butter!
- Put ground almond meal in a clean flour sifter or hand sifter and sift the meal. Place any large particles of almonds back in coffee bean grinder and pulse again. Sift remaining almond meal.
Macadamia’s delicate flavour, versatility and crunchy texture make them a delight to consume. Macadamias contain no cholesterol as they are a natural plant food. Macadamias are rich in manganese, thiamine and iron.
Pecans are high in unsaturated fat – the kind that is good for you. Also, being high in fibre, they make a great snack, control hunger and contribute towards weight loss.
Pecans include over 19 vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamine, potassium, manganese, iron, minerals and vitamins E, A and B.
Using the almond meal steps above, you can make any nut into a fresh delicious nut meal. It is quick, simple and very cost effective.