Difference Between Blanched Almond Flour and Almond Meal:
When you start looking at recipes that call for “almond flour” some of them say you can use either blanched almond flour and/or almond meal. If a recipe just call for almond flour, assume they are referring to blanched almond flour if it is more than 1/2 cup.
If you look at almond meal and true blanched almond flour you can feel and see the difference.
Elana Amsterdam wrote the book “The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook” which I highly recommend. This talented author and baker was the first to bring to my attention the difference between using almond meal versus blanched almond flour. Elana also has a web site where she offers many gluten free recipes using almond flour that is well worth checking out.
However, I didn’t just take her word for it. I tried a series of recipes using almond meal/almond flour to see if there was a difference. The results were quite different.
This is like saying you can use bread flour for baking bread or buckwheat flour…..it doesn’t matter. The fact is, in my experience using almond flour, it DOES MATTER which one you use.
However, I concluded that both types of almond products have their appropriate use.
Blanched almond flour creates a much fluffier treat if it isn’t combined with other flours.