Happy triple holiday weekend! That’s right, we’ve got the day for lovers, the day for prezzies, and the less familiar, day for almonds – the ultimate tree nut! That’s right folks, today is National Almond Day – a day to reflect upon all that these little tree nuts give to us. But really, it’s a day to celebrate the versatility of almonds by getting creative in the kitchen!
Call me nutty but I can’t get enough of nuts lately. They’re a good source of heart-healthy fat and a great source of plant-based protein, not to mention chock full of vitamins and minerals. This is why I was psyched when California Almonds sent me the ultimate almond package to celebrate National Almond Day – almond flour, raw whole almonds, slivered almonds and almond butter.
Emerging research is being published on the health benefits of almonds, which is no surprise considering they contain 6g of protein and 4g of fiber per ounce. Research is pointing to the consumption of nuts having a positive effect on chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.
Between almond flour, almond butter and the nuts themselves, there are so many ways to incorporate almonds into your cooking. Use almond flour in your baking, crushed almonds as a topping for chicken or fish, almond butter to add to your favorite smoothie recipe.
To celebrate National Almond Day AND Valentine’s Day, I made a delicious recipe for raw vegan brownies featuring almonds and almond butter!
Ingredients Instructions Notes Variation: For chipoltle chocolate brownies, substitute 1 tsp orange zest for 1/2 tsp chipoltle powder and skip sea salt garnish.
Variation: For chipoltle chocolate brownies, substitute 1 tsp orange zest for 1/2 tsp chipoltle powder and skip sea salt garnish.
To enter to receive your very own California Almond lifehack pack complete with almond flour, almond butter, whole almonds and slivered almonds, simply leave a comment here with your favorite way to use almonds in the kitchen. For an extra entry, share this giveaway via twitter:
“I just entered @karalydonRD giveaway for a free @almond #lifehack pack. Enter for a chance to win by visiting peaceloveandfood.com #spon”.
This giveaway will run from Sunday, February 16 through Thursday, February 20. The winner will be announced on the blog on Friday, February 21st.
For more almond inspired dishes check out these recipes below: