Ode to Almonds

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love almonds. I make almond crackers. I add chopped almonds to green beans. An almond piecrust? Done and…and re-done. I put them in cupcakes, bars, cakes, muffins and coat ‘em with praline. They’re a must for the topping of my favorite apple crisp.

Of course, there’s the long list of the almond-based cookie recipes that I adore.

One of my most frequent afternoon snacks are Marcona almonds…and often a little almond squeeze packet if I’m on the go and don’t have a meal handy.

And yes, there were indeed Jordan Almonds at my wedding.

Does this feel like the shrimp speech from Forrest Gump, but just with almonds?

Nuts.com contacted me and said they were profiling the health benefits of almonds for Springtime. They’re not sponsoring this post, but thinking about my almond recipes was a nice nudge to pull together a list of my favorites. Obviously there are many metabolic benefits, like weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc.  but what I’ve learned with clients over the years is that people don’t choose to eat foods for health benefits, they eat them ’cause they’re tasty! So that motivated me to pull together this list of my top 5 favorites of the moment:cookies and milk

 

 

Divine Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

 

cheryl's pralines

 

Almond Pralines

 

 

 

mint3

 

 

Choco Mint Mini Cupcakes

 

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Hazelnut Cookies

 

 

 

 

chocbanpie

 

Chocolate Banana Mousse Pie

 

 

 

What are your favorite recipes with almonds?

I’m sending this to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, hosted by Linda of GF Homemaker, Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures and Cassidy’s Craveable Creations.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Ode to Almonds

  1. Thanks so much for reminding me about all your great almond recipes, Cheryl! Those chocolate chip cookies are totally divine and that pie … so fine! Must make those pralines one day soon. 🙂

    Shirley

  2. Thanks for this little roundup of wonderful almond recipes! You can never have too much almonds… 😉 I’ve just stumbled upon your blog via Gluten Free Wednesdays, I’ll follow from now on on FB. 🙂

  3. Reme says:

    I totally agree with you, people don’t eat food because it is healthy, they eat it because it is tasty. To have a recipe which is tasty and healthy at the same time, that is a win-win. It honestly does not get any better than that: enjoy what you eat and it is so healthy for you! I think almonds are totally combo-ing these two features and it is great. They can be crunchy, soft, milky, smooth, spicy, sweet, plus great health benefits. I really appreciate the recipes you have, I have to say that my favorite is the almond praline. My new project is sesame covered almonds.

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