What nut flour is equivalent to almond flour?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

My husband and I have started to "go paleo" but we keep coming up against the same problem. Almost all recipes use almond flour, and we recently discovered my husband is allergic to almond flour (along with coconut, eggs, and honey!) Are there any flours that can be used in place of almond flour in Paleo recipes?

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on July 19, 2013
at 07:07 PM

If your husband is allergic to coconut, eggs, honey, and almonds, it's probably best to stay away from any "flour" type product. He can try eating rice (google rice on paleohacks), potatoes, potato starch, and sweet potatoes. Unless he's allergic to those too?

But the problem with "flours" (wheat-based or otherwise) is that you need water to digest your food fairly well, and baked goods are naturally lacking in that.

I found I had allergies to almonds because of the pesticide they spray on them to keep them from going bad. Some people find allergies to eggs grown from soy/corn/other grain feed but not truly pastured eggs. Your mileage may vary on paleo trying to eat baked goods.

So the answer for you it that it depends on what your golas are.

Some good replacement flours I've seen on here are:

buckwheat Tapioca starch or tapioca flour (Believe they're the same thing) Rice flour potato starch

half corn masa + half potato starch to replace wheat flour

But please, please don't make these the basis of your diet. Strive for as much variety in your diet as possible - heart, liver, parsley, oregano, thai basil, basil, mint, lemon mint, beef soup, try to seek out all manner of sweet potatoes and yams (the purple ones, the yellow ones, the orange ones, boniatos, etc). In the end, eating a plant-based diet with 1/2 lb - 1 lb of meat per day (again, your needs may vary), a diet that's really wide-ranging and incorporates fresh food will be the best introduction for you.


on July 21, 2013
at 12:55 PM

Hazelnut flour is equivalent for all intents and purposes.



on July 21, 2013
at 12:06 PM

There are many grains (buckwheat, rice, tapioca, ..) to choose from. Go to any gluten free recipe site for further information. All these grains will require something like guar gum or xanthan gum to bind everything together (or else you are left with a crumbly mess). But all this stuff steers you away from the goodness of Paleo. If after trial and error you find a recipe that works I suggest eating such baked goods sparingly, especially in the beginning if you are using Paleo to heal digestive problems.



on July 21, 2013
at 12:51 AM

I have always found it easier to not use any flour products. Just eat meat, veggies, fruit, amd good fats!

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