Blended, toasted or simply scattered, almonds certainly pack a punch of flavour and nutrients. Here are some suggestions on how to supercharge your breakfast, lunch or dinner with these popular nuts.
- Try almonds for gluten-free baking instead of flour
Whether they’re chopped, ground into flour or used for decoration, almonds are a baking all-rounder. Try them for yourself in recipes to suit any occasion from cakes, pizza crusts and biscuits, to low-carb pancakes.
- Scatter over porridge with a drizzle of honey
Top a warm bowl of porridge with whole or sliced almonds for extra protein at breakfast-time. Finish with some fresh or dried fruit and a trickle of honey or agave nectar.
- Toast some slivered almonds and sprinkle them on your salad
Baking almonds in the oven for a few minutes intensifies their flavour and turns them crispy and golden. Mingle them with sliced crunchy apples, shredded kale and rich avocado for a flavourful salad that’s perfect for lunch or as a side dish at dinner.
- Grab a handful of homemade almond trail mix when you’re on the go
The story goes that trail mix was invented to give you a kick of energy and protein while hiking. But even if the furthest you’re heading is to the office, there’s no reason to miss out on this energy-dense, portable snack.
- Add a few almonds to smoothies
All you need is a blender and a few spare minutes to make a delicious smoothie. For a great smoothie base, start with a frozen banana, almond milk and yoghurt then throw in almond butter or whole almonds for added nutritional goodness.
- Garnish soup with crunchy almonds
A handful of almonds adds a pleasant contrast to creamy soups. This works particularly well with rich, smooth soup bases like broccoli, cauliflower and butternut squash.
- Sprinkle almonds over desserts like fruit crumble.
- Pour a dash of homemade almond milk into hot drinks
Soak whole almonds in water overnight and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture then keep the dairy-free almond milk in the fridge, sweetening if necessary. Enjoy with coffee or hot chocolate.
- Stir in toasted almonds to liven up rice dishes
Aromatic spices, toasted almonds and cooked brown rice make a quick and easy midweek meal that will feed the whole family in minutes.
- Soak almonds to make a natural face scrub
Almonds are rich in vitamin E which may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Try this nourishing scrub to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells. After soaking a handful of almonds in water for 8 hours, drain and store the paste in a container.
Depending on your skin’s needs, add honey to moisturise or lemon to combat greasiness and treat blemishes. Give these delicious ideas a go to boost your diet with nutritious almonds. Our Holland & Barrett Awesome Almonds make a tasty a snack but are just as wonderful in cooking and baking recipes.