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Pick Up Your Almonds and Make These Recipes

Pick Up Your Almonds and Make These Recipes

Almonds are delicious, hearty nuts that are a good source of protein, phytonutrients, and healthy fats.  They are also very versatile, so you can use them in countless recipes.  We're sharing some delicious ideas for almond recipes so you can enjoy them in a variety of ways.
1. Homemade Almond Milk
Almond milk is a lower calorie alternative to cow's milk and it's delicious in smoothies, baking, and a great companion for desserts.  You can make your own fresh almond milk easily at home. Simply soak 1 cup of almonds in water overnight, drain and rinse, and blend them in a high speed blender with 2 cups of water for about 2 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, add a sweetener if you'd like, and store the milk in the fridge for up to 2 days.  You can also use the almond meal left in the cheesecloth in other recipes, such as oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods.  
For more detailed information, please check out our source here: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-almond-milk-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-189996
2. Trail Mix
Almonds are a great addition to a good trail mix.  Here is an example of an easy trail mix you can quickly throw together.  You can customize it however you'd like.
1/2 cup unblanched whole almonds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup dried apple slices, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Honey Nut Cheerios
3. Desserts and Baked Goods
If you're a fan of nuts in your baking and desserts, you can use almonds in any recipe.  Muffins, cookies, brownies, cake, and anything with chocolate would be enhanced by using almonds.  
4. Candied Almonds
Almonds can be enjoyed raw as a healthy snack.  If you want something a little sweeter, check out this recipe for Traditional Brown Sugar Candied Almonds: https://newenglandfamilylife.com/brown-sugar-candied-almonds/
5. Almond Butter
While peanut butter is a classic staple in many recipes, some people are allergic to peanuts, or have trouble digesting them.  Almond butter is a great alternative to peanut butter, and you can make it at home by blending raw almonds and salt in a high speed blender.  Check out that recipe here: https://www.erinliveswhole.com/how-to-make-almond-butter/
Hopefully this has inspired you to harvest your almonds and try some of these delicious recipes!  You can see all your Bag-A-Nut Almond Harvester options here: https://baganut.com/collections/harvesting-almonds
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