It’s another year and another day. Do you know what this means? Another year of National Almond Day, of course! While you might not have marked this one in your calendars and awaited anxiously for it, it still comes as a pleasant surprise. An excuse to eat almonds and almond butter? As if we needed one!
I would be lying if I said I never stuck my large head-sized spoon into a jar of almond butter after a stressful day of work or life. Hey, don’t judge! It’s much better than devouring cake! How so? Almonds have plenty of health benefits, some of which include: reducing your heart attack risk, lowering bad cholesterol, building strong bones & teeth, providing healthy fats, aiding in weight loss and even being a great source of vegetarian/vegan protein.
While I could tell you to grab a handful as a mid-morning snack, in the spirit of celebration, these recipes see, a lot more appropriate. Who can say no to dessert-like dishes you can have for breakfast?
Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking
If there is nothing in life that makes you happier than a chewy cookie, then this is the cookie for you. It’s fairly simple to make which make it only that much better. Instead of agave as a sweetener, try maple syrup – our baking “sugar” of choice!
Paleo Caramelized Cinnamon Almonds via Happiness Is Homemade
Put a twist on your snack with flavored almonds. This cinnamon option is great to challenge that sweet tooth of yours, but there are savory and even smoky iterations out there as well. Instead of chips, how about opting for roasted rosemary almonds?
Almond Joy Granola via Minimalist Baker
Granola is a favorite topping of mine. While I avoid eating granola on its own, it’s great for sprinkling on top of yogurts, acai bowls, and smoothies. This almond joy granola recipe seems almost too good to be true!
3 ingredient Energy Bars via The Kitchn
Store bought energy bars are filled with unnecessary ingredients and preservatives. Make sure you know exactly what you’re putting into your body wit these 3-ingredient Lara bar-esque bars.
Gluten Free Almond Oatmeal Protein Bars via Popsugar
For something a little denser, these oatmeal protein bars are a great option and only come in at less than 200 calories.
Basic Almond Cheese via Lands And Flavors
For the vegans out there or those who are lactose intolerant, this almond cheese will fulfill your every craving. You will be surprised by how easy and versatile this recipe is. Spread over crackers at a party or in your sandwich for lunch.
Paleo Reese’s Cups via Simple Green Moms
Are Reese’s (and now Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups) not the most delicious creations on earth? As if we didn’t already love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate, we now can make almond butter chocolate cups from the comfort of our own homes.
Overnight, Slow Cooker Cherry Almond Steel Cut Oats via The Yummy Life
Out of breakfast ideas? Now you won’t be, especially if you have a crockpot.
Vanilla Almond Quinoa Porridge via Simply Quinoa
No crockpot, no problem. Let the chia seeds do all the work with this overnight quinoa recipe.
Almond Joy Protein “Milkshake” via Dashing Dish
Milkshakes are some of our favorite comfort foods that can be whipped up healthily and easily. Isn’t this one just calling your name?
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies via Sally’s Baking Addiction
Double dark chocolate cookies are made that much more indulgent thanks to a helping hand from almond butter.
Easy Almond Coconut Bites via Song Bird Blog
These might look messy, but they pack a whole lot of punch.
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How do you incorporate almonds into your meal plan?