How to substitute almond meal for flour

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How to substitute almond meal for flour
Almond four is made by grinding blanched almonds. (almonds image by Nicola Gavin from

Almond flour is simply blanched almonds ground very finely. The flour is gluten-free, meaning it's a great substitute if you have gluten allergies or are on a low-carb diet. Almond flour can be used in place of regular flour in quick breads, pancakes, waffles and desserts. However, it's not advised to use almond flour instead of traditional flour in most bread recipes, as its gluten-free property prevents rising.

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Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Arrowroot or xanthan gum
  • Other gluten-free flour
  • Eggs

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  1. 1

    Purchase arrowroot and xanthan gum. Arrowroot is a gluten-free starch used in many almond flour bread recipes because it adds density. Xanthan gum is also commonly found in almond flour recipes, as it reduces crumbling.

  2. 2

    Buy another gluten-free flour. Some recipes call for a mixture of almond flour and other gluten-free flours such as potato starch or rice flour.

  3. 3

    Find a recipe. There are many gluten-free recipes involving almond flour online. Typically, recipes calling for almond flour instead of regular flour require more eggs.

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