16 Easy Ways to Use Almond Flour

Sweet and savory ways to go gluten-free

Gluten-Free Brownie Mix

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Almond flour makes an excellent substitution for wheat flour in recipes that don’t require gluten to set up. It works great in cookies and bars as a 1-to-1 substitute and it's easy to swap into other recipes, too. Whether you're making it at home or grabbing a bag at the supermarket, here are some great ways to incorporate almond flour into sweet (and savory!) treats.

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    Spanish Almond Cake

    Spanish Almond Cake

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    Enjoy this traditional Spanish almond cake from Mallorca, where they use almonds in many ways. It’s a simple cake to prepare in under an hour; less if you have pre-ground almond flour or meal on hand. Serve it with almond or vanilla ice cream for a delightful post-dinner treat.

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    Paleo-Friendly Biscuits With Honey

    Paleo Biscuits With Almond Flour and Honey

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    Almond flour and honey go into this easy biscuit recipe and can be adjusted to suit your tastes or the occasion. Add some diced fruit for a sweet biscuit or some black pepper or sliced olives for savory biscuits. Once you master the technique, the only limit is your own imagination for these paleo-friendly biscuits with honey.

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    Spanish Almond Cookies

    Easy Spanish almond cookies recipe

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    Almandrados or Spanish almond cookies are as simple to make as they are delicious. They make a great afternoon snack or a light dessert and are often served at Christmas. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks for the ideal texture.

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    Indian Chicken Korma

    Indian chicken korma recipe

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    Think almond flour is just for desserts? Not in Indian cuisine! This savory, spice-studded Indian chicken korma dish uses almond flour for extra depth and richness. Serve it with naan or other flatbread for sopping up those delicious juices.

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    Traditional Bakewell Tart

    Traditional Bakewell Tart

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    This traditional Bakewell tart makes use of ground almonds for a sweet and creamy texture. Feel free to use whichever flavor of jam you prefer if raspberry isn’t your favorite. Note that it does require chilling several times, so leave yourself plenty of time.

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    Easy, Versatile Meatballs

    Easy homemade meatballs recipe

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    This recipe for easy, versatile meatballs can be adapted to suit your family’s tastes and needs, including substituting the bread crumbs with almond flour. Dried herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary, or thyme will add additional flavor, and you can use dried turkey, chicken, pork, or a blend instead of beef, too. They also freeze well! 

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    Keto Sugar Cookies

    Baked keto sugar cookies on a work surface

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    Keto sugar cookies are a perfect low-carb treat for the holidays or to be enjoyed year-round. A blend of almond and coconut flour replace regular flour and stevia is used in place of the sugar. 

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    Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Grain-Free Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    These cookies have all of the qualities of the beloved chocolate chip but without the gluten. Almond flour is substituted for all-purpose, adding a nice hint of flavor to these crispy, thin cookies with a slightly chewy texture. Be mindful the dough spreads a lot while baking so make sure to leave space between scoops.

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    Gluten-Free Flax Muffins

    Gluten free flax meal and almond flour muffins

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    If you need a versatile, gluten-free muffins recipe, we’ve got your new standard. This one uses almond flour, flax, gluten-free baking powder, and less sugar than many others for a versatile, healthier breakfast. Feel free to adjust the spices or add your own nuts, dried fruit, or even chocolate chunks.

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    Gluten-Free Brownie Mix

    Gluten-Free Brownie Mix

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    You can generally substitute almond flour for all-purpose in bars and cookies, so give it a try in this decadent gluten-free brownie mix. Almond flour even makes brownies more fudgy, which many people love. Whip up a batch for your family or give the jarred mix as a gift for your gluten-free friends.

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    Your New Go-to Macaron Recipe


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    You'll never need another macaron recipe once you try this one. These light, airy sandwich cookies can be finicky to make, so be patient and don’t get discouraged if it takes a few tries to get them just right. They come in as many flavors as you can imagine, but we’ve got a few ideas to get you started. Here's your new go-to macaron recipe.

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    Pork Cutlets With Gravy

    Pork Cutlet Recipe

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    Almond flour works as a great substitution for all-purpose flour in this pork cutlets with gravy recipe. Dredge the cutlets in almond instead of wheat flour, then use almond flour to make the gravy for a hearty, allergy-friendly meal.

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    Hungarian Layered Torte

    Hungarian Esterházy torte on a plate.

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    Get your cameras ready for this luscious layered Hungarian Esterhazy torte. It features rich, chocolate buttercream frosting between spongy layers that will have everyone wanting another slice. Note that it uses both all-purpose and almond flour, so it’s not gluten-free as written, but you can easily make the swap.

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    Moroccan Shortbread Almond Cookies

    Moroccan Shortbread Almond Cookies

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    Frying and blanching the almonds before grinding gives these traditional Moroccan shortbread almond cookies a delightful texture and flavor. You can serve them plain, but they taste especially great with crunchy almonds and sesame seeds on top. It does require a lot of kneading, so be prepared for a workout.

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    Chocolate Almond Cake

    Chocolate Almond Cake

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    Chocolate cravings are no match for this simple chocolate almond cake. It goes great with an espresso or coffee as a decadent brunch or dinner dessert. Licor 45 lends a complex herbal flavor, but rum works well if you can’t find the specialized liqueur.

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    Norwegian Almond Ring Cake

    Norwegian Almond Ring Cake

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    Gluten-free sweets fans will love this traditional Norwegian almond ring cake, which often appears on holidays, weddings, and other special occasions. The cake is made with almond flour, egg whites, and confectioners sugar for a sweet, flourless celebration centerpiece.