How to peel (blanch) almonds is a step-by-step guide to getting the peel of almonds. You may not need this everyday, but here it is for when you need skinned almonds for a recipe.

A glass bowl of almonds

Getting the peel off almond was the hurdle I faced when I went to make the very popular Florentine cookies. The recipe called for peeled almonds but I couldn’t find them so I researched how to do it myself.

It’s so easy and I’m sure you pay more for peeled because someone had to peel them, so I did the work.

How to peel (blanche) almonds. If you buy almonds, most of the time they come with the peel on them. For eating this is fine, but using them in a recipe, you will need to remove the peel. Getting that peel off can be frustrating, unless you know now.

How to Peel (Blanch) Almonds:

Place a small saucepan of water over high heat until it comes to a boil. Add the almonds and boil for 1 minute, NO LONGER, or they will soften.

Almonds boiling in a pan of water

Drain the almonds and run under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool them down.

Boiled almonds being rinsed under water

When the almonds are cool enough to handle, removing the skins is easy. Just squeeze them between your fingers and the skin will come right off.

A bowl full of peeled almonds

Almond Recipes:

The almonds can be used to make Florentine Cookies (recipe link below), almond banana bread and almond banana breadcreamy almond coconut cashew coffee creamer.

If you’ve tried this method of How to Peel (Blanch) Almonds or any other recipe leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers!

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How to Peel (Blanch) Almonds

A glass bowl of almonds

How to peel (blanch) almonds is a step-by-step guide to getting the peel off almonds.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 5 ounces (140 grams) raw unsalted almonds, skin on
  • Medium saucepan of water


  1. Over high heat, bring the saucepan of water to a boil.
  2. Add the almonds and boil for 1 minute, no longer because they will soften.
  3. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool and stop them from cooking.
  4. Spread onto a towel and rub them until the peels come off. Dry and use.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 162Saturated Fat 14gFiber 4gProtein 6g