{Nourish} National Almond Day: Everyday Almond Hacks

Last week we offered a giveaway from California Almonds in honor of National Almond Day (2/16/14–yesterday) and Heart Month.  We shared an awesome recipe for Almond and Coconut Cookies and you shared your favorite almond hacks with us!  To round out the celebration, here are some everyday almond hacks from California Almonds that we think you will love!

  • Substitute almonds/almond meal for bread crumbs when frying meat, vegetables or other foods.

 

  • Add almond butter to your favorite breakfast oatmeal for a burst of flavor AND 6 grams of protein per serving.

 

  • Thai recipe come out too spicy? Mix in some almond butter to tame the spice and create a more palate-friendly meal.

 

  • Almond butter can be used as a substitute for tahini in hummus recipes. Try this  Almond Butter Hummus!

 

  • Put down those salty, fried snacks! Try a crunchy, savory almond mix like Parmesan Herb Almonds instead!

 

  • Use almond flour to create gluten-free alternatives for favorite cakes and muffins.

 

  • Almond milk is a dairy-free substitute for cereal, smoothies and more.

 

  • Oops! Ran out of almond milk? Don’t fret, make it yourself—it’s easy to DIY.

 

  • DIY almond milk also produces leftover almond meal! Use as a thickening agent in soups or stews.

 

  • Almond butter can be used to make a delicious satay sauce.

 

  • Substitute almond milk for regular milk in mashed potatoes for a creamy dairy-free dish.

 

  • Mix up banana, almond butter and almond milk for a delicious smoothie with a punch of protein. Each one ounce serving of almonds has 6 grams of protein, and this smoothie recipe packs 33 grams of protein per serving.

 

  • Coarsely ground almonds are a great gluten-free casserole topping.

 

  • Adding almonds to whole grain recipes will bring out the nutty flavor of the grain.

 

  • Save time and make a snack mix for the week with almonds, dried fruit and chocolate, portioned out in snack size bags

 

  • Replace whole fat buttermilk with almond milk in recipes to cut 62 calories, per 8 ounce serving.

 

  • Feeling mid-day hunger pangs coming on? Before you succumb to cravings, curb that hunger with a handful of almonds!

 

  • Love Horchata? Our version of traditional Mexican drink is made even more delicious with almond paste.

 

  • Did you know that almonds are naturally gluten-free? Put them to good use in this recipe for a Cranberry Almond Loaf that will leave you wanting more and more!

 

  • Not sure how many almonds make up a handful? 23! Cover your smart phone in almonds to make up the perfect amount for a midday snack.

 

  • Try almond oil in salad dressings or even for frying—it has a high smoke point and provides dishes with a signature light and nutty flavor.

 

We would love to hear your favorite uses for almonds to keep the celebration going!

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