What is the difference between blanched almond flour and unblanched almond flour?
While reading different recipes, you may have seen different types of almond flours, which are blanched and unblanched. You may wonder what the difference between the blanched almond flour and unblanched almond flour is, or want to know if you can use them instead of each other. In this post, you can find the answer to all your questions about these two types of almond flours.
What is blanched almond flour?
Almonds naturally have brown skin, which is edible. Sometimes, this skin is removed and the almond is called blanching. The blanched almond has a white color and smoother texture. Therefore, the blanched almond flour also has a white color, and since it doesn’t contain the skin, it has a lighter weight too. This type of almond flour is used in confectionery for making cakes, cookies, pie crust, pasta, and different desserts.
What is unblanched almond flour?
Unblanched almond flour is the flour made by almonds that have their skin on. Therefore, this flour has a red-brown color and heavier weight. Unblanched almond flour also has the same usage in cooking. You can make all types of cakes, desserts and cookies with this flour too.
What are the differences between blanched and unblanched almond flour?
- Blanched almond flour is white, unblanched almond flour has a red-brown color.
- Because of the removed skin, almond flour made with blanched almonds has a light weight. The skin makes the flour heavier in cooking.
- Unblanched almond flour has a harder texture compared to blanched almond flour, which is smoother and fluffier.
- Because of the heavier weight, eating unblanched almond flour might be harder for people with digestive problem. It’s better for them to use lighter almond flour which is made by blanched almonds..
Can we use blanched and unblanched almond flour instead of each other?
Because of its lighter weight, smoother texture, and lighter appearance, many recipes call for blanched almond flour. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, digesting unblanched almond flour might be difficult for some people. Therefore, blanched almond flour is preferred by most people. However, both flours are natural and have all the benefits that almond has. Although they have different colors and texture, their flavor is not that much different. Therefore, if you don’t mind the color or heaviness of unblanched almond flour, and don’t have a problem digesting this flour, you can use unblanched almond flour instead of blanched one.
How to blanch almonds at home?
Almond flour is made by grinding almonds. To make blanched almond flour at home, you first need to blanch almond kernels. Blanching almonds is so easy and won’t take any time. Follow these steps to blanch almonds:
- Fill a pot or saucepan with water and put it over the oven to boil.
- After a few seconds, place the almonds in to the boiling water and leave it for 60 seconds. It doesn’t matter how many almonds you want to blanch but you need to make sure the amount of boiling water is more than the almonds and all the almonds are under the water.
- After one minute, no more no less, empty the pot and rinse the almonds with cold water to cool them down.
- Drain the almonds and squeeze them gently to remove the skin.
- Your blanched almonds are ready!
Please note that it’s so important to leave the almonds for only 1 minute in boiling water. More than this time might make the almonds soggy or cooked, which are not suitable for making flour.
Furthermore, you may find with the word almond meal in some recipes, which is almost similar to unblanched almond flour because they both are made with almonds that have skins, and they both have coarser flecks compared to blanched almond flour. Read more about the difference between almond flour and almond meal.
How to make blanched almond flour?
Now that you have homemade blanched almonds, you can easily make its flour. Although homemade almond flour might not be as fine and smooth as the products in the market, it’s still useful in cooking. To make blanched almond flour you need to have a blending machine to grind the almonds. Put them inside the blender and mix it with slow to high speed to completely grind.
Almond four is a dry product, which you can store for more than a year. Since light and heat are the enemies of this product, it’s recommended to keep this flour in a cool and dark place in an airtight container. You can keep blanched and unblanched almond flour in the cabinet, refrigerator, or even in the freezer. However, if you freeze this flour, you need to leave it in the room temperature at least an hour before using it.
Since almond flour has a sweeter and nuttier flavor compared to regular flour, most recipes include this type of flour on their recipes. Sometimes people use almond flour instead of regular flour to add a savory taste to their dishes. Generally, when a recipe calls for almond flour, it refers to blanched almond flour, which has a white color and lighter weight. But, there is another type of almond flour, called unblanched almond flour, which has its skin on.
One of the differences between these two types of flours is that blanched flour is more digestible than unblanched almond flour. However, they both carry the same health benefits, they both are gluten-free, contain protein, vitamin E, and other antioxidants that are beneficial to the body. It’s just their difference in texture, color, and the level of fluffiness they give to a dish that sets them apart.