Anyone who’s ever shopped for almond flour knows it can be quite expensive. And that's a shame because it is chockfull of vital nutrients like protein, fiber, and calcium. A three-pound bag (which holds about 14 cups) of Honeyville’s Blanched Almond Flour, for example, costs a jaw-dropping $21.89. (For some comparison, a standard five-pound bag of Gold Medal flour is $3.65.) That's a big chunk of change that you could use on, oh I don’t know, vegetables, fruit, and other foods you need to get you through the week. Nevertheless, if there's a will to reap the benefits of almond flour, then there is most certainly an affordable way.
For example, if you pick up a one-pound bag of Trader Joe’s Raw California Almonds, it will cost you $5.99. Approximately ⅞ cup of raw almonds (one of these 30 Best-Ever Fat Burning Foods) yields 1 cup of almond flour. So, after multiple (tedious) mathematical calculations, you'll find that three one-pound bags of almonds will produce about 14 cups of almond flour for $17.97. While saving $3.92 may not seem like a whole lot, if you buy almond flour once a month, making it yourself would save you $47.04 per year—which is more than enough to treat yourself to a night out. Have we convinced you to throw on your apron and roll up your sleeves? Good! Let’s delve into the how to…
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 cup of almonds
HOW TO MAKE IT
Measure out a cup of almonds and toss them into the blender. Place the setting on high and pulse the nuts for 30 to 60 seconds. You may need to jostle the blender a few times in order to break up any clumps of almonds that form.
Eat This! Tip: Make sure not to exceed one minute or you may just end up with a mixture that resembles almond butter.
Spoon the flour out of the blender and seal it up in a Mason jar, where it can stay fresh for up to one year. For the best-tasting results, store the jar in a cool, dark place.
HOW TO USE IT
Almond flour can be used in any recipe that calls for white flour—cookies, pancakes, bread, and more. The best part? There’s no fancy math required to whip up your dish of choice. One cup of almond flour = one cup white flour. Super easy!