I use Almond meal (or Almond Flour) in a lot of my cooking, however it can be expensive to buy premade. Good news is you can make it at home using your Thermomix. Just buy extra almonds and you can make milk, meal and butter all from scratch with no nasties!
If you don’t have a Thermomix, this can of course be done using other methods, such as using a coffee grinder. You will need to grind the nuts, then sift and regrind larger pieces.
Also to note, I often make Almond Milk and so have a lot of leftover pulp. If I don’t think I will have time to use it straight away, I just freeze it. If I have some time on my hands, I will place it (spread out well) on a baking tray and bake in the oven on the lowest heat for a few hours. I then leave it to cool (and dry out further), then place in the Thermomix and blitz on around speed 7 for 5 seconds or so just to make it finer.
- Frozen Almonds – yes frozen, see tips below. You can use ones at room temp though – just don’t overdo it!
- Place almonds in the thermomix. Blend on speed 10 for 5 to 10 seconds – until they are at the consistency you desire (don’t overdo it though – otherwise you will have almond butter!).
- If you wanted a finer result, you could sift and process again, but I don’t mind a “thicker” texture.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Heat activates the oils in the almonds and helps it turn into butter – so by freezing them first you prevent this from happening as fast.
Blanched almonds (without skin) would produce a finer result, however I prefer to use skin on to get all the goodness!
Now what to do with your Almond Meal? Try making my Almond & Butter Cookies, Healthy Breakfast Bars, or Roast Pumpkin & Cacao Brownies!