One of the aspects I dislike immensely about eating gluten-free is the expense.
It can cost a fortune to live without gluten. For those of us with food allergies, it really isn’t an option, however. So that leaves it up to Mama to learn how to cut costs!
Buying in bulk and cooking from scratch are just two of the ways I cut back our allergy-friendly food bill. Being a do-it-yourself’er is another.
Once I learned to grind my own gluten-free grains and mix my own flour blend, I realized that the sky is the limit in being a DIY gluten-free mama. My most recent discovery is how to grind my own almond meal.
You don’t have to buy this stuff at expensive health stores or organic super markets. If you have a blender, you can make your own!
What you’ll need:
a high-powdered blender (I use the Blendtec, but any blender should work)
1 C whole almonds (raw or roasted, your choice)
Place almonds in your blender. Process on low speed just until almonds are ground into a coarse meal with no “chunks” (about 30 seconds).
Place fresh almond meal into an air-tight container and store in the fridge, if desired.
One cup of whole almonds yields 1 ½ C fresh almond meal.
Almond meal is delicious in gluten-free baking, but you don’t have to be gluten-free to enjoy the tasty health benefits!
Do you use almond meal? Have you ever tried grinding your own?