Use blanched almonds to make your own homemade almond flour for baking macarons to save money and get more consistent results.
Save Money and Get Better Results
Making your own almond flour for baking macarons can be one of the best ways to save money and get consistent results when making this sweet treat. A good finely ground almond flour is one of my top tips for baking round and smooth macarons. Commercially produced almond flour are made for a variety of uses like tarts, breads and cookies. Almond flour for use in baking macarons should ideally be less oily but the grinding up of almonds into a fine flour can sometimes release these oils, making the flour less desirable for macarons. Making almond flour at home is a good way to control the results and it can be considerably cost savings too. Here is a guide on how to make your own homemade almond flour for baking macarons.
Almond Flour Vs. Almond Meal Vs. Blanched
Almond flour is one of the main ingredients in macarons. Anytime you read a macaron recipe, you will see that almond flour or almond meal will be required. The two are commonly used interchangeably. However, you still need to judge for yourself which one its referring to in context of the particular recipe you are using since almond flour can also mean a more finer ground almond vs. a coarser almond meal (used for breading). There are also blanched and non-blanched almond flours/meals. Blanched almonds basically mean that the brown skin has been removed.
For making macarons, you always want to use blanched almond flour. When I first started making macarons, I found myself driving all around the city to find almond flour available only in specialty stores. On the other hand, blanched almonds in its raw form was available in almost every common grocery store. Being that I love convenience and did not prefer to visit a specialty store to get almond flour every time I wanted to bake these babies, I decided to try making my own almond flour. I found it to be quite easy and could be considerably cost saving too. But the best part about making your own almond flour is the consistent quality of your almond flour. There have been some almond flour that I've used before which were extremely oily and caused my macarons to become blotchy or "sweaty". I highly recommend making your own macaron flour to save money and achieve better results.
There's a video after the instructions below. I hope all of it helps you in your macaron making journey.
Place the blanched almonds into the food processor along with the powdered sugar.
Start pulsing, stopping intermittently to bring up the sugar that have sunken to the bottom with a spoon.
Sift the mixture into a big bowl with an open faced sifter or fine strainer.
Discard the big almond pieces that cannot be sifted.
Weigh out the amount of discarded amount.
Take some fresh almonds to compensate for the discarded amounts and pulse it again along with some of the sifted mixture.
Sift. The almond flour is now ready to use.
Weigh Out a Little More Almond than What the Recipe Calls For
Another tip is to weigh out a bit more almonds that what the recipe calls for. I have a pretty reliable food processor from Braun that grinds almonds to a pretty fine consistency. I find that I usually discard about 10 grams (from a total of 60 grams) of almonds that cannot be sifted so I compensate for that by weighing out an extra 10 grams of blanched almonds for grinding. You may need to adjust this amount depending on your own situation.
"My almonds feel wet and clumpy! Why?"
Grinding the almonds by itself without the powdered sugar will release the oil inside the nut and soon you will find that your almonds have become almond butter! So don't forget to grind your almonds with the powdered sugar that's needed in the recipe
"Should I double sift my almond flour?"
I usually only sift mine once. It's so tedious that I don't have the patience for any more than that and my macaron shells never turn out bumpy. If your sifter is fine enough and you seem to be getting good results from one sift, then by all means, save your time and your energy!
I use an open faced sifter or a fine mesh strainer like this one. These types of sifters make it so much easier to use a spoon to push the almond mixture through the mesh. I find the sifters with a lever very clumsy for use with almonds. The almonds that are not finely ground tend to clog up those systems and it's hard to extract afterwards.
Where to buy almonds and almond flour in Vancouver? (list compiled in 2015)
Here is a list of the places that I know of for buying almonds and almond flour. It's not exhaustive so if you happen to know of any other places, please drop me a note below. By far the lowest price I've found for almond flour is at Costco and the lowest price for slivered/whole almonds is at Superstore. For those who do not have those stores in their city, try Amazon, I looked around at many brands and this one seems to have a lot of positive reviews, even from macaron makers.
Almond Flour Prices
Blanched Almond Prices
- Costco - Golden Boy Sliced Almonds $13.99/1.2 kg = $1.16/100 grams
- T&T supermarket - bulk section
- Whole Foods - bulk section
Homemade Almond Flour for Macarons
Use blanched almonds to make your own homemade almond flour for baking macarons to save money and get more consistent results.
For Almond Flour
- Blanched Almonds
- Icing Sugar/Powdered Sugar
- Digital scale
- Food processor
- 2 Big mixing bowls
- Weigh out the amount of blanched almonds and powdered sugar you will need in your recipe. (In my Best Macaron Recipe, that is equal to 65 grams almonds and 65 grams powdered sugar.)
- Place the almonds into the food processor along with some of the powdered sugar. Start pulsing, stopping intermittently to bring up the sugar that have sunken to the bottom with a spoon. DO NOT grind almonds by itself without the sugar. Without it, your almonds will become too oily and turn into almond butter.
- Sift the mixture into a big bowl and discard the big pieces that cannot be sifted.
- Weigh out the amount of discarded amount. Take some fresh almonds to compensate for the discarded amounts and pulse it again along with some of the sifted mixture. (We need the icing sugar in the mixture to prevent the oils from coming out of the almonds.)
- Pulse the almonds again & sift. The almond flour is now ready to use.
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This post was originally published on October 1st, 2014
Amy Nguyen says
Hi. Love your blog! If I use this almond flour recipe, do I add more powdered sugar for the macaron recipe? For example if I add the 65 grams of powdered sugar and 65 grams of blanched almond to make this almond flour, do I add another 65 grams of powdered sugar that is listed in your Best Macaron Recipe? Or is it mix the amount the amount of blanched almonds with the amount of powdered sugar in the macaron recipe so you don’t have to add it later? Sorry if my explanation is confusing. <3
You can go right ahead and use the 65 grams almonds and 65 icing sugar as per the recipe. Now, you just need the other ingredients. No need to add any extra icing sugar or almonds.
Melanie N says
Hi Mimi! Have you tried Kirkland brand of the blanched almond flour? I'm hoping its not too oily.
I haven't used it unfortunately 🙁 I can't give you any insight into it. I have used a branded one (not Kirkland) from Costco a long time ago and it was fine. I have used Honeyville Almond Flour and found it too oily for macarons. Usually, the finer they claim the almonds are, the more oily it may be due to over grinding. If you buy a bag that is not super fine, you can always grind it one more time at home but with icing sugar together, that would prevent more oils from coming out.
Grace Huang says
Do you think it's okay to mix castor sugar and almond flour to mix them in a blender since I often don't have access to powder sugar and I find I'm quite a bit lazy and don't want to stress the trouble of making powder sugar and then having to mix it to gather with the almond meal
Hi Grace, I'm not sure about that, I haven't tried it. One thing to note is that powdered sugar usually contains corn starch and it helps with the macarons. You might want to add a bit of it into your mix if you don't use conventional powdered sugar.
Francesca Weiss says
Your website and expertise is amazing and has been so helpful in my quest to master macarons! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
Now that the fan girling has been gotten out of the way; I have some questions.
1) Can I make this in bulk, say with 650 grams of powdered sugar and 650 grams almonds (probably more like 715 grams to account for the almond lost in sifting), and keep it in my fridge for when I want to make macarons?
On the one hand, I'm really lazy and like to skip steps. But on the other, my instinct is that laziness and macarons are not compatible and this will just invite the finicky baking gods to strike me down for my hubris.
2) At the moment, my almond flour never seems to quite be fine enough. No matter how long I process it and sift it, it still comes out grainy. Any tips?
Thank you so much for your lovely note.
1. I haven't kept pre-sifted almond flour and icing sugar in the fridge however, I have kept it at room temperature. I do worry about the icing sugar being in the fridge due to moisture issues.
2. Maybe your processor is not quite breaking down the almonds fine enough. You might have to investigate if it's a food processor problem or if you're sifter is letting too much of the big bits go through. My processor is pretty good and I find I do not need to sift afterwards. You can find it in my SHOP.
I love your website! It has helped me and my sister make great macarons (still on its way to perfection though haha). And bonus, you’re Canadian!!! 🙂
I was wondering - how do you store the almond flour? I have read online that people store it in the fridge or freezer. Or is it better to leave it at room temperature in an air tight container? And if I do store it in the fridge or freezer, do I need to let the almond flour sit at room temperate for a certain amount of time before using?
Thank you so much! Hello to another fellow Canadian 🙂
I store my almonds at room temperature in an air tight container. My climate here in Vancouver is pretty mild so even in the summer, I still store it at room temperature. Disclosure: I use them up very quickly. You can keep it in the fridge if you prefer, bring it back to room temperature before you use it.
Hi there! I have been using the sunblest almond flour from Costco but every time my macarons come out blotchy and I’m not sure why. I’ve tried just sifting the flour and icing sugar, and also processed it and then sifted- every time it came out very blotchy and uneven. The crust is very thin and fragile! Sometimes it bakes perfectly and the oily spots don’t form until i take them out of the oven and they start cooling. Is this because the almond flour is too oily? If not, what else could it be? Thanks!
That could definitely be a reason! I had a similar experience with another brand of almond flour and I finally gave up on it (still have a huge bag left) and everything was perfect again. I like to make my own so I can control how much oil is released during the process. Having said that, another culprit may not be your almond flour. If you overbeat your meringe, that can happen too!
I just stumbled upon this post searching for making macarons. I bought Bob's Red Mill Super Fine Blanched Almond Flour but it feels a bit 'wet'. Did I buy the wrong flour?
Bob's is definitely okay to use for macarons. I find certain brands can be more oily due to the oil being released from the nut while it's pulsed.
Mimi, the only almond flour I can find is "de-oiled." It has twice failed using your recipe. It's so dry and unable to use. Have any suggestions? It was 16$ and only 1.5 pounds. I'd rather not just waste all that money.
you can add some oil into the almonds and mix it up. it sounds scary but yes, some people find that oil helps them. I actually have a bag of almond powder that was ground too fine (by the company) and it creates blotchy macarons every time. I've since given up using it. It's not worth wasting more time and my other ingredients. If it doesn't work, save it for use on other desserts. Almond flour makes a nice tart crust.
Effie J. Sorg says
Wow this is stunning! This is such a beautiful treat to serve for the holidays!
How grams of almond and powder sugar do I need to use to make almond flour? I'm very inspired and determined to use your recipe, very simple and worth to try ☺️
Just use the ingredients in the recipe on my Best Macaron Recipe Post
Hi Mimi! I just found your blog and absolutely love it! I had a question about the Almond flour/mill. I bought the Bob's Red Hill one and noticed it is course. Is this fine for using it to bake macaron's or should I process it more? I tried using a grinder and didn't really see a change. I baked and they came out fine but I noticed when eating them i could taste the chunky bits of almond. Is this typical or all sorts of wrong?
Thank you so much for your kind words. I think as long as its not too clumpy, a few coarser pieces here and there is to be expected. I would process it in a food processor and sift it with a fine sieve and then discard all the bigger chunks 🙂
Ian Leapingwell says
I buy whole almonds, blanch them in boiling water, then in cold water and skin them, then dry them and pulse them into powder with a little caster sugar. I put the powder through a fine sieve and weigh them. Any pieces of almond that don’t go through the sieve are added to a small amount of caster sugar and pulsed again to be added to the fine powder.
There is no waste because I use my Bamix stick blender with a powder attachment.
The macarons are another story.
hehe thanks for sharing your method. I hope you were able to get your macaron game going during the winter break. XOXO, Mimi
Just FYI, I was at Costco (in PoCo) today, and the almond flour - same bag and everything - has jumped in price to $27.99 ($2.06/100g). Here's hoping my dad actually comes through with his promise to send almonds from his friend's grove in Cali!
You are sooo right! I noticed this as well! I was actually looking at the Superstore slivered almonds, and the price increased twice already from this post (probably within 3 months only - 1st time was around $15, then now to $18) and I thought I would consider getting the Costco almond flour since I remembered they were just as much but lo and behold, the Costco ones also increased! What's going on!?
Lisa | THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY says
How fine does the flour need to be?
And what is the most fool proof way to sift it?
Lisa | THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY
I have a handheld sifter with a handle for turning and it seems to sift well enough. I think any regular sifter will do since mine was just a regular one that you would fine in any cookware shop. I just put about half of the recipe almonds inside the sifter and tap on it with my hands instead of turning the knob. It's much quicker. but I will use the turning knob sometimes just to bring some air back into the mixture so it will create pressure and be able to be pushed out.
Olivia @ livforcake says
And I'm spamming your blog with comments today....sorry! Have you tried the Costco almond flour? I'm just finishing up a bag and I don't think I'll get it again. It's not fine enough and I find that even my food processor can't quite grind down the larger bits. So, I end up discarding a bunch post-sifting which throws off my measurements!
That's totally ok! I love talking baking 🙂 I have tried the Costco almond flour. I have no issues with it. It is course and I do need to process it in the machine and it does get it to a finer texture. The pink bears you see in the #macaronarts section of this site are made from that flour and you can see it is actually really fine and smooth. So my only reason for not re-buying it would be the price. I am doing as much work as I would be if I were to buy regular almond slices and process it myself. Therefore, why not just buy almond slices and process at a much cheaper price. I would only spend more for the convenience yet this is no more convenient for me. As for throwing off the measurement thing, just measure how much you're throwing out and compensate for that. I always throw a little bit more in cuz I know I'll be throwing away some.
Hi! Sorry if I'm butting in but, I had the same issue as you with not being able to get my almond flour fine enough with a food processor. If you're still having trouble with it, I just wanted to suggest using a blender. I use what is basically the Magic Bullet (I have some unknown Korean brand, Evermore Slim Mixer - there's one single photo of it on google, haha) and it works perfectly at getting the larger bits of almonds that are too small for the food processor!
Thanks for sharing your experience. I love to hear from all of you. Your contributions help everybody in the baking community by providing more choices for them. It does sound very interesting and useful.
costco almond flour has now gone up in price to i think almost 30.00 a bag (1.1kg)
try a coffee grinder ?
Yes, I think I have been seeing escalating prices ever since Late Spring. We've discussed the rising price of almond flour in different regions of the world. Here's the discussion on Instagram if you'd like to see it: https://instagram.com/p/4TX88FQiD_/
Connie the chocoholic says
yay vancouver bloggers! i love all your tips and tricks so far, can't wait to see more mac creations 🙂
and i gotta admit i made the nooby mistake of grinding almonds without icing sugar. no wonder mine turned into butter!
Your heart macaron post is very cute! Good ideas for the upcoming holiday!