almond flour [ah-muhnd, am-uhnd; spelling pronunciation al-muhnd flouuhr, flou-er] noun
Also referred to as almond meal. Finely ground almonds (usually blanched), which yield a pale, finely milled nut flour.
We recommend purchasing commercially prepared almond flour because it is much finer in texture than what you can make at home by grinding almonds in a food processor. For some recipes, this home approach may be fine, but the texture matters greatly for something delicate like macarons. You can find it through King Arthur Flour (seen above). Almond flour is gluten-free and found in many gluten-free recipes and baked goods. If you want to make your own in the food processor, grind almonds as fine as possible, stopping short of them becoming oily or paste-like. Sift out any larger pieces. Toasted almond flour is commercially available. Most recipes calling for almond flour are calling for the raw product as described here.