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.
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.
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.
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!).