Pecan flour is a wonderful alternative to wheat flour for cooking and baking. Not only does pecan flour add a warm, nutty flavor to your recipes, but also provides pecan health benefits from its high levels of protein, fiber, and Vitamin E. With certified bulk pecans, a sifter, and a food processor, coffee grinder, or blender, you can easily make your own pecan flour at home:
1. Roast pecans in bulk (optional)
Using roasted pecans will make for a more flavorful pecan flour, but raw nuts also work. To roast whole pecans, preheat your oven to 350°F. Spread one layer of pecans on an oiled pan, then cook for five minutes.
2. Chop shelled pecans
Buy bulk pecan pieces or chop whole pecans yourself to shorten the grinding process.
3. Freeze pecan pieces
Store the pecans in the freezer overnight to keep the flour from clumping. Store the nuts in an airtight container and don’t allow them to get moist or freezer burnt.
4. Grind pecan nuts
Add ½ cup of pecan pieces to your blender, food processor, or coffee grinder, then pulse the nuts to grind them into a coarse meal. Pour the meal into the sifter over a mixing bowl to collect the flour. Then put the remaining coarse bits back into the grinder along with more pecan pieces. Repeat until all the pecans are ground. Avoid over-grinding the nuts, or they’ll turn into pecan butter instead.
5. Store in the fridge or freezer
Nut flours do not keep as long as wheat flour, so use your pecan flour right away or store it in the fridge or freezer. When you’re ready to cook, try these recipes with your homemade pecan flour: