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Almond recipes: Nine delicious and heart-healthy ways to use these nuts

From sweet to savoury, dinner to dessert, almonds are one of our favourite tree nuts to use in recipes

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It is said that in Ancient Rome, Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm. Though we can’t prove almonds will make you virile, we can tell you that almonds are one of the healthiest tree nuts out there.

Packed with heart-healthy nutrients, almonds (when compared ounce for ounce) are the tree nut highest in protein, fibre, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin. While almonds do contain a higher fat content, most of it is monounsaturated, which may help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) while preserving HDL (good) cholesterol. 

We love using almonds in our recipes – whether as added protein in a vegetarian recipe, a base for gluten-free baked goods, or substituting for milk in lactose-free desserts. Here are some of our favourite ways to use up different almond products.

Whole or chopped almonds
Bake up a batch of spicy and sweet nuts for an easy, portable snack.

Almonds are a great protein substitute for vegetarians. Serve up our easy secretly creamy pesto pasta or almond-crusted goat cheese and apple salad for a spring supper.

Great for side dishes, almonds add a sweet crunch to our Swiss chard with lemon and almonds and broccoli-almond salad.

Almond butter
Substitute almond butter instead of peanut butter in these delicious almond-butter cookies

Ground almonds
Perfect as a base for gluten-free desserts, we use ground almonds in both our light decadent brownies and gluten-free crispy and chewy chocolate-chip cookies.

Almond milk
This creamy almond rice pudding is (almost) a guilt-free dessert! 

For more almond recipes, visit Almond Board of California.

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