Ways to use Almonds when cooking

almond-recipes

Sure, you know almonds are a great snack but did you know they’re also great in lots of dishes you might cook?? That’s right! Here are some of our favorite recipes that have almonds.

(Note: We can’t take credit for any of these recipes. We simply love them and wanted to share them with you, so you can find the original recipes by following the links in each title.)

Candied Almonds:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 12 ounces shelled almonds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 325-degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or baking liner. (If you use parchment paper, coat lightly with cooking spray before adding almonds.

2. In a skillet, warm honey, cinnamon and ginger over low heat. Stir until combined.

3. Add almonds and stir to coat almonds. Remove from heat.

4. Sprinkle in brown sugar and salt combine.

5. Spread coated almonds on lined baking sheet and bake at 325-degrees F for 12-15 minutes. Slightly adjust cook time to toasted/roasted preference.

6. Allow to cool, tossing a couple of times as they cool to avoid them sticking together.

7. Toss the almonds a couple of times as they cool, and break apart once cooled before storing.

Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2 ½ tbsp. virgin coconut oil or coconut butter
  • Optional: 2 ½ tbsp. liquid sweetener of choice
  • Optional: A few drops of maple extract

Instructions:

1. Combine the almond butter and coconut oil or coconut butter and gently warm until the nut butter is easily stir-able and the coconut oil is liquid.

2. Stir in the sweetener if desired, then spoon into a plastic container or candy molds.

3. Freeze a few hours until solid and store leftovers in the freezer.

Almond Crusted Chicken with Lemon Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1 – 10 oz. chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 2 carrots
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. In a food processor or blender, process almonds until you have a powder/crumbs. Using a food processor, pulse about 30 seconds until almonds are broken down. Then process on high for another 60 seconds. Using the blender, you can probably process about 2 minutes until almonds are completely broken down.

2. Add almonds to a plate. Break the egg onto a second plate, and scramble.

3. Place a skillet over medium heat.

4. Cut the chicken breast in half by slicing it down the length of it. Using a tenderizer, pound out both sides of each half.

5. Take one chicken breast and coat the bottom. Then add both chicken breasts. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, then flip.

6. While chicken is cooking, chop or spiralizer zucchini and carrots. Slice the lemon in half. Cut one half into small slices.

7. Once chicken is done, set aside on a plate. Add vegetables to the skillet.

8. Squeeze half of the lemon onto the vegetables, and add the garlic salt and pepper. Stir until only slightly cooked down, about 2 minutes. Move noodles to one side of the skillet, and lightly brown the lemon slices on both sides, about 1 minutes on each side.

9. Dress plates with zucchini noodles, then almond crusted chicken. Garnish with lemon slices.

10. Remove zucchini noodles from heat onto a plate.

Banana Almond Flax Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium well ripened banana, peeled diced into pieces, frozen
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ tbsp. creamy almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2-3 drops almond extract (pour into extract lid first, then drop in blender so you don’t add too much)
  • 4 ice cubes (optional)

Instructions:

To a blender add banana, almond milk, Greek yogurt, almond butter, ground flaxseed, honey and almond extract. Blend until combined then add ice if desired and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

We love that there are so many ways to use almonds – who would have ever thought almond crusted chicken would be so amazing?!

We love snacking on raw almonds, but we love being able to incorporate the health benefits and the taste of almonds into much more.

If you’d like more recipes with almonds, check out our Pinterest board!

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