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Gluten Free Flour: Almond Flour vs. Almond Meal

The Difference

Almond Flour

Almond flour is a great substitute to traditional flour. Almond flour is gluten free, low in sugar and carbohydrates, high in protein and fiber.  Almond flour can be purchased at many health food stores and grocers. Of course, if you have a great food processor you can grind your own using blanched skinless almond pieces. You will want to grind into a fine cake-like flour that could be sifted. Be sure not to over grind as you will end up with almond butter.

Almond Meal

Unlike almond flour, almond meal is made up of ground whole almonds with their skins on. Almond meal is gluten free, low in sugar and carbohydrates, high in protein and fiber. Almond meal is not as fine as almond flour and therefore is best for recipes where you wish for a coarser outcome.To grind your own, simply place whole skin-on almonds into the food processor and grind to a consistency similar to corn meal. Again, if you overgrind you will end up with a crunchy almond butter.

Chocolate Almond Flour Torte

When I first found out I was gluten intolerant I thought that it meant my days of enjoying dessert were over. To my delight, I soon discovered Flourless Chocolate Cake, the only problem was it was so rich that after a bite or two I couldn't stomach anymore. My Mom gave me this recipe in which the richness of the chocolate is cut with the sweet flavor of the almonds.

Here is my Mom's recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 10 inch pie plate.


1 1/2 cups ground almonds (or almond flour)

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 eggs, beaten

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. baking powder

icing sugar for decoration

Beat together almonds, sugar and melted butter. Add beaten eggs and almond extract, continue beating until like very thick cream. Add cocoa powder and baking powder and blend well. Transfer mixture to pie plate, tapping the plate a couple of times to settle the contents. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes until top has crusted and the sides have pulled in a bit.

Remove from oven and let cool down completely. Dust the top with icing sugar.

Gluten Free Almond Meal Cake

This gluten free almond cake really bakes up more like a square but a delicious one, here is the recipe:


1 c. sugar

1/2 lb. almond with skins (or almond meal)

Rind of 1 orange

6 large eggs, separated

- Grind almonds in food processor. Add sugar and orange rind.

- Beat egg yolks and add to almond mixture. Mix well.

- Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into almond mixture.

- Pour into 9" square pan.

- Bake at 350 for 30 min. Test w/toothpick to test doneness.

When cooled, ice with 1/2 c. butter mixed with icing sugar and almond extract. Add enough icing sugar to make the icing fairly stiff. Makes 36 pieces.