As I started developing Grain free recipes I needed to find an alternative to almond meal as I am allergic to almonds. Cashews are a good substitute, however they can be very pricey. It is important to use high quality, raw and unsalted sunflower seeds for this. For those with tree nut allergies this is a great alternative plus it is very economical. It will add some more texture to your baked goods but not so much that you will mind it. Nor will it make your baked goods too heavy. This can be used as a 1:1 replacement for almond meal/flour called for in any Grain Free recipe.
Pulse the sunflower seeds in a food processor and whir them until they are a fine meal. Be careful to not over pulse or you will end up with sunflower seed butter.
Store in glass jars in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.