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Boy if that title isn’t confusing! I thought I would briefly explain a term that you will often see in recipes.
Nut Meal – Nut Flour – Flax Meal
You might see some of these phrases in recipes, 1 cup of Almond Meal or 1 cup of Flax Meal or in the directions it might read to put the nuts in a food processor and process till the nuts are finely ground or turned into a meal. For starters you can make your own flax meal or nut meals. You simply put the nuts into the food processor and process until it is finely ground. A word of caution – keep a close eye on this process because if you over process the nuts they will release to much of their oils and if that happens, you are heading to nut butter land. So should you get distracted while you are processing your nuts and they do indeed get to oily, don’t fret. Go ahead and continue processing the nuts, add a pinch of salt and sweetener (if desired) and make a healthy nut butter. I was making a Ginger Cookie Crust this morning and I had to process the brazil nuts to a fine “meal” so I grabbed my camera and took a quick snap shot to show you what the desired outcome is.
You can also purchase some nut meals. The most common that I have seen is Almond Meal. But to be honest, I don’t see the need to purchase it. Unless, you can find a brand that is still considered raw and is very fine, I would just make your own. When it comes to flax meal, I recommend purchasing an inexpensive coffee grinder or Bullet and make your meal in either one of those. Because the seeds are so small the food processor won’t break it down enough. It is best to make these as needed, rather than pre-making them and having them sit around. Nutrients will be lost over time.