Almonds are a delicious and nutritious nut, but their skins can be a pain to deal with.
Blanching is a simple process that loosens the skins, making them easy to remove.

Blanched almonds have a smoother texture and are perfect for use in recipes like marzipan, homemade nut butters, almond milk, and pesto.

Blanched almonds are a pale ivory colour compared to their brown, papery skin.
They have a smooth, matte texture and a slightly more intense almond flavour.

Blanched almonds

How to blanch Almonds

Blanching almonds is a great way to remove their skins and make them easier to use in recipes.
Learn how to blanch almonds with this step-by-step guide.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Vegetable Recipes
Cuisine French
Servings 1 cup
Calories 164 kcal


  • Small saucepan
  • Colander
  • Bowl
  • Kitchen towel (optional)


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water


Bring the Water to a Boil:

  • Fill your saucepan with enough water to cover the almonds. Do not add the almonds yet.
  • Bring the water to a rolling Boil over high heat.

Blanch the Almonds:

  • Once boiling, add the 1 cup raw almonds to the water.
  • Cook for exactly 1 minute. Don't overcook, or the almonds will soften.

Drain and Cool:

  • Immediately drain the almonds in a colander.
  • Rinse them under cold running water to stop the cooking process.

Slip Off the Skins:

  • While the almonds are still warm, pinch them gently between your thumb and forefinger.
  • The skins should easily slip off, revealing the smooth nut underneath.
  • You can use a kitchen towel for better grip, if needed.


  • If a few skins are stubborn, simply return the almonds to the hot water for a few seconds, then try again.


  1. Blanched almonds can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  2. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
  3. If you're blanching a large quantity of almonds, you may need to blanch them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot.

Uses for Blanched Almonds

Use blanched almonds in biscuits/cookies, cakes, muffins, and pastries.
Nut Butters: Make your own almond butter or almond milk with blanched almonds.
Enjoy blanched almonds on their own or chopped up and added to yoghurt, oatmeal, or trail mix.
Blanching almonds is a quick and easy process that yields beautiful, skinless almonds perfect for a variety of recipes and snacks. So ditch the store-bought, pre-blanched almonds and try this method yourself!
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1 Comment

Jenny P · 01/05/2024 at 1:41 pm

5 stars
This is great for my baking projects

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