Bake with Almond Flour for Gluten-Free Glee

Or just use the stuff to add rich, nutty flavor to all sorts of sweet and savory dishes!

Almond flour is great for gluten-free baking, but it has other uses, too—it’s can be a substitute for breadcrumbs in savory dishes, and adds a sweet, nutty flavor to baked goods that contain wheat.Ignacio F. on Unsplash

Almond flour, a.k.a. almond meal, consists of (you guessed it!) almonds, finely milled to make a protein- and fiber-rich “flour.” Most often used as an alternative in gluten-free baked goods, it adds a sweet and nutty flavor to breads and desserts that also contain wheat, and serves as a replacement for breadcrumbs in savory dishes such as meatloaf or chicken parmesan. And while it is possible to grind your own almond flour, you won’t likely achieve a super-fine texture using a home cook's tools. For that, seek the fluffy, ready-to-use flours of the following brands.

Finely Sifted Blanched Almond Flour

Blue Diamond Almond Flour
Blue Diamond—the all-almond, all-the time-brand—makes a smooth, fine flour from the skinless nuts.Amazon

The ubiquitous Blue Diamond is known for its almond products, from snack packs to nut milk. The company’s almond flour, made from blanched (skinless) California almonds, is soft and fine—ideal for pastry. Plus, the blanched white flour ensures the color of your final goods will be unaffected.

Super-Fine Natural Almond Flour

Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Natural Almond Flour
A natural, skins-included almond flour is a robust choice for quick breads.Amazon

A grain-lover’s mecca, Bob’s Red Mill has unparalleled range. From classic wheat to unusual quinoa, kamut, and sorghum, it’s tough to find a grain or nut this employee-owned company hasn’t milled into flour. Bob’s natural almond flour is made with whole, skin-intact almonds for a slightly heavier texture and reddish speckles that blend well into quick breads like muffins and loaf cakes.

Organic Blanched Almond Flour

Anthony's Organic Almond Flour
The almonds for this organic flour are steam-pasteurized.Amazon

Adored by home cooks and professional chefs, Anthony’s Goods sells a variety of alternative flours in bulk and, for our purposes, pantry-sized, one-pound bags. This fine, blanched flour is preservative-free, made with 100% organic almonds (they’re pasteurized with steam!).