Is there gluten in almond flour?
Almond flour is a popular alternative to traditional regular flour. More and more people are turning to it as a gluten free, keto-friendly flour option for baking and cooking.
But what exactly is almond flour, and is almond flour gluten free? Read on to get all your questions answered about this increasingly popular ingredient.
What is Almond Flour?
Almond flour is made by grinding blanched almonds into a fine flour consistency. It is high in protein, fiber, and vitamin E, and has a mild nutty flavor.
The baked goods end up being very light and fluffy and you wouldn’t even know the flour is ground-up almonds.
Almond flour and coconut flour are my favorite flours to bake with.
Almond Flour Ingredients
Almond flour only contains one ingredient; almonds! It is made solely with blanched almonds, which are almonds that have had the skins removed.
This type of almond is often preferred because it produces a finer and smoother flour.
Almond meal, on the other hand, is made with almonds that still have their skin.
How is Almond Flour Made?
Almond flour is made by grinding blanched almonds in a food processor, blender, or nut grinder until a fine flour-like powder is formed.
The finer the powder, the better the texture and flavor of the final product. Some brands of almond flour are also milled to remove any pieces of almond skin that may be present.
Is Almond Flour Gluten Free?
Yes, almond flour is gluten free. Since it is made with only almonds, it does not contain any gluten-containing ingredients.
All almond flour should be gluten free.
However, it is important to check the label of any almond flour product you purchase to ensure it has not been processed in a facility that also processes wheat, barley, or rye products.
If you are allergic to gluten you should consider purchasing certified gluten free almond flour.
Gluten Free Almond Flour Brands
There are a number of gluten free almond flour brands available on the market. You can find almond flour in the health section of your grocery store.
Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She’s also a reiki master and crystal healer.