Cashew flour, also known as cashew meal, is a powdery substance made of ground cashews. This specialty paleo and gluten-free flour is easy to make at home. Just process raw cashews with a little sugar to keep the nuts from turning into [cashew butter](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-make-homemade-cashew-butter).\n\nYou can use cashew baking flour anywhere you would other nut flours—like pecan or [almond flour](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/almond-flour-recipe)—or coconut flour. Try it in:\n\n1. __Chocolate chip cookies__: Swap one-third of the all-purpose flour in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for cashew flour. Or, for a gluten-free version, try replacing flour with a mix of rice flour and cashew flour.\n2. __Brownies__: Make rich, fudgy brownies by eliminating the wheat flour and adding cashew flour instead. \n3. __Scones__: Try substituting half the wheat flour in your favorite [scone recipe](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/the-best-basic-scone-recipe) for cashew flour. The result will be slightly nutty and creamy.\n4. __Tart and pie crusts__: Cashew meal adds richness to both press-in [crusts and pie dough](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/perfect-homemade-pie-crust-recipe). If you've experimented with almond meal pie crust before, you may find cashew crust to be less bitter.\n5. __Breaded chicken__: For breaded chicken strips, cashew flour provides a satisfying alternative to breadcrumbs. Just be careful not to burn the nuts.\n\nMeet cashew flour, your new favorite grain-free flour alternative.