I have a newfound appreciation for all things almond these days. I really appreciate the texture and the flavor (not to mention the health benefits) that this oblong nut brings to recipes. On its own, it stands out as a superb snack or appetizer, but it can also add some serious crunch factor to seemingly mundane dishes. Here are five ways to eat up the almonds sitting in your pantry.
- Toss up raw, unsalted almonds with salt, black pepper, olive oil, and your favorite herbs and spices and roast them at 375° Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes for a savory snack.
- Toast almonds in a pan over medium-high heat to get maximum flavor, then add them into any salad.
- Keep a bag of sliced almonds in your freezer and add them to your morning oatmeal or sprinkle over pancakes for extra crunch and flavor.
- Make your own almond milk, dry the leftover solids, and use them in baked goods!
- If you're looking for a truly homemade challenge, grind them into a meal and use them in French macarons.
What's your favorite way to enjoy almonds?
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