Pumpkin Seed Flour (an alternative to Almond Flour)

How to make Pumpkin Seed Flour (an alternative to Almond Flour) - WorthCooking.net

I fell in love with almond flour when we were on GAPS last summer. I never thought I would like it, but it did not take long for me to be head over heels in love. I learned how to use it, including using a hefty amount of eggs and coconut flour. But then, a few months after we stopped I realized my “extreme seasonal allergies” always got worse after eating nuts. I experimented and sure enough the itchy ears, scratchy throat, and headaches always started within 24 hours of having almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts.

It was also during the same time I found out I needed to cut out eggs and dairy for my nursing daughter. I went through a bit of a protein panic. I did not want to just eat meat at every meal, but without eggs, dairy and nuts I was a bit at a lost.

I began snacking on more seeds – hemp, pumpkin, and sunflower as well as peanuts. It helped, but I still missed being able to use almond flour.

How to make Pumpkin Seed Flour (an alternative to Almond Flour) - WorthCooking.net

I have used sunflower seed “flour” (or sunflour) many times, but the strong taste is a bit of a turn off in some cases. It was just the other day I decided to grind up pumpkin seeds to make an old recipe containing almond flour. It was green…but the flavor was far more mild.

I know this is super simple, but, I wanted to share it with anyone who wanted to make all the delicious almond flour treats out there…just without the almonds.

Note 1: It is green…so you might not want to use it for almond flour vanilla cake (or other such light colored dishes). I am sure even if you used sucanat for a sweetener in a baked good it would be enough to cover up the light green color.

Note 2: To make this nut-free make sure you are using seeds produced in a nut free facility. I am afraid I do not have a specific brand to recommend because recommending brands scares the bajeebers out of me. We do not have anaphylexic reactions to nuts so I do not feel like I can safely recommend brands. 

Note 3: Use like you would almond flour, but be aware it will have a different color and a slightly different flavor (but, I find it more mild than almond flour). I have tried this for a few recipes calling for almond flour and it worked great. My almond flour baked goos are limited, but so far so good!

How to make Pumpkin Seed Flour (an alternative to Almond Flour) - WorthCooking.ne

Pumpkin Seed Flour (an alternative to Almond Flour)
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  1. Grind the pumpkin seeds in a spice/coffee grinder a few tablespoons at a time until a meal is formed. Repeat. This can also be made in a blender with a dry container attachment. I do not suggest trying it in a food processor.
  2. Run through a sifter (or a colander with smallish holes) to catch any big pieces and grind them again.
  3. Store processed pumpkin seed flour in an air tight container in the fridge for a few weeks, or in the freezer.


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  1. MargoB says

    Hello Debra,

    I just today ground up my pumpkin seeds and thought, “Now what?”, so was perusing the internet for pumpkin seed meal recipes. I’m excited it can ‘double’ for almond flour!

    But the reason I’m writing is because I wanted to tell you how fun it was to see your byline; when I read, “Debra Worth is first and foremost a daughter of the King of kings…” I was tickled, and said “You go, girl!!” You’ve got first things first, with that!

    Consider me your sister in Christ, and I hope we’ll meet in the King’s kingdom!

    • says

      Hi Margo! Thanks for your sweet note 😀

      I haven’t done a lot of baking with it as eggs were an issue around here for a while (we are just adding them back in and whites still give me grief, so that limits what we can do with grain free baking) but I have used it in crackers, and for breading, things like that!

  2. Rebecca Phillips says

    thank you to taking the time to photograph and post this. I am trying to eat gluten and low carb but find many things call for almond flour – unfortunately almonds (but not other nuts) give me headaches. Am definitely going to try this – am really hoping it works as a sub for most almond flour/meal in recipes.


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