Fun with Almonds- 9 great recipes!

Today we are celebrating National Almond Day with 9 great recipes!  Almonds are one the healthiest nuts out there and there are so many great ways to enjoy them!

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Did you know that most every almond you buy in the United States comes from California?

Almonds have the most protein, crunch and fiber of any tree nut.  These healthy nuts are great for both savory dishes and desserts.  Come see what I found!

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Warm Quinoa Salad with Honey Roasted Almonds and Cranberries from Wonderful Almond Accents

The most interesting fact about almonds?  They are not a nut at all.  Almonds are actually a seed of a flower and are botanically related to roses and orchids. Almonds are still referred to as a tree nut, however, since they resemble nuts and are produced from trees like other nuts.

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Almond Roca from Simply Recipes

bee for pollinating almondsDid you know? Almonds cannot self-pollinate and need bees to help them do so. Without bees, you would have no almonds at all!  Almond growers actually rent bees for pollination and it’s one of the most costly issues for growers!  And bees are not always the easiest of employees.  They don’t work in the rain, at night, in the early morning, or when there’s frost.

 

Chocolate and Almond Macaroons from Southern Living

Almonds were one of the first foods awarded a qualified health claim in the United States.  They have proven to help slow absorption of sugar and carbs.  Recent studies show that if you eaten almonds in mid-morning, you can help moderate your blood sugar throughout the day!

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Olive Oil Almond Cake from Scarborough Food Fair

Healthy! Almonds are one of the best sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. One ounce of almonds gives you more than a third of the daily value!

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Almond Cupcakes from Blue Diamond Almonds

Stash a handful of almonds in your gym bag, purse and glove compartment so you have a healthy snack at your fingertips when you are on the go.  A one ounce serving is about 22 almonds!

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Cinnamon Almond Hasselback Sweet Potatoes from Apron Strings

Fun Fact: Chocolate manufacturers use about 40% of the world’s almonds!

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Almond Toffee Popcorn from Gooseberry Patch

Did you know? Whole natural almonds will keep well for up to two years in the fridge. Their long storage life is due in part to vitamin E which helps keep them fresh.

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Parmesan Almond Crusted Chicken Bites from Cheap Recipe Blog

Are you trying to be gluten free? Almond flour is a delicious and versatile option for gluten-free baking!

fun with almonds 9 great recipes

Secret Almond Cookies from Hersheys

So whip up some almond goodness in honor of the day!  Happy National Almond Day!

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