Almonds are unique in that we can find them at our local grocery stores in a variety of forms – natural whole almonds, sliced or diced for usage as inclusions, even almond meal or flour for a gluten free and low carb friendly flour substitute.  Whether you’re a fan of natural almond skin or creamy white blanched almonds, whether you see almonds as just a snack or as a health ingredient superstar… we’ve got recipes you’re sure to love.

Almonds for Snacking

Easy Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Almonds by Plated Cravings are a sweet, crunchy snack that can be made in less than 10 minutes.  The recipe calls for natural, whole almonds and 5 other pantry staple ingredients so you can whip these up easily anytime.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Almonds by The Café Sucre Farine are difficult to put down once you start eating – they make a delicious snack, go fabulously with a variety of cocktails, and are great as salad toppers.  They’re sweet, crunchy, salty, spicy, and take less than 30 minutes to make!  This recipe calls for natural, whole almonds as well as honey – for a bonus health boost, make sure to source your honey locally.

Savory Almond Mix by The Bewitchin Kitchen is a spiced-up take on snack almonds.  This recipe calls for natural, whole almonds and coats them in a mix of sugar, salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.  Savory and a little spicy, they have a delicious crunch and are hard to stop eating!

Almonds for Baking

Almond Flour Biscuits by Apples for CJ are an easy to make, gluten free and low carb option for all of the biscuit lovers in your life!  They require 5 simple ingredients and there’s no rolling, kneading, or cutting out required.  They’re great as a side for dinners or as part of a delicious breakfast!

Almond Flour Bread by Low Carb Yum is a gluten free, low carb, paleo friendly alternative to wheat bread.  It calls for 6 everyday ingredients, with the option to use store-bought or homemade blanched almond flour.  Simply mix, pour, and bake – no kneading or proofing required!

Almond Flour Crackers by A Life of Happenstance have only 4 ingredients and are incredibly easy to make, and the finished product is a perfectly salty and crispy alternative to store-bought crackers!  These crackers are gluten free, grain free, and dairy free and fit well with paleo and keto diets.  They go great with cheeses, meats, and dips and are also delicious as soup and salad toppers.  This recipe is also simple enough to jazz up with any flavorings you might want – add in a little ranch seasoning mix, everything but the bagel seasoning, some cinnamon and sugar, or even fresh herbs and garlic.

Almond Desserts

Almond Flour Brownies by Sweet and Savoury Pursuits are simple to whip up and have a delightfully chocolatey taste and moist, fudgy texture.  They’re incredibly decadent, but also gluten and grain free!  This recipe is essentially the same as other homemade brownies, just simply swapping out the all-purpose flour with superfine blanched almond flour.  If you’re a regular baker, you should have just about all the ingredients this calls for on hand already.

Almond Flour Scones with Chocolate Chips from ElizabethRider call for 7 simple ingredients to make gluten free, high protein and low sugar baked treats.  To keep the sugar content low in this recipe, it calls for honey – make sure to source yours locally for an added health benefit.

Almond Flour Strawberry Crumble Bars by Joy the Baker are a hearty, indulgent dessert that have a hint of maple flavor, deliciously hearty oats, and a layer of thick strawberry jam.  Made with a mixture of almond flour and coconut flour and sweetened with maple syrup, these are crisp, nutty, and slightly sweet – a satisfying treat for dessert, a snack, or even as breakfast paired with coffee or tea.  While strawberry jam is recommended, feel free to swap out for any fruit jam you prefer, or even homemade fruit preserves if you would like.

Almond Joy Cookies by Small Town Woman are a small batch recipe that will remind you of the very popular candy bar.  They call for semisweet chocolate chips, sweetened shredded coconut, and natural almond slices to make that delicious Almond Joy flavor and delightful texture.  If you’re looking to make these gluten free, several readers found success when swapping out all purpose flour and substituting in almond flour.

Almonds for Breakfast

Almond Flour Pancakes by Snappy Gourmet are a delicious gluten free take on a breakfast staple.  This recipe is quick and easy that makes delightfully fluffy pancakes that freeze well, and the recipe can be easily tailored to be keto or paleo friendly.  The author provides a plethora of substitution options for almost all of the ingredients, which helps ensure this recipe can be made with any of your pantry staples and requires no special or hard to find ingredients.

Healthy Almond Butter Granola by Erin Lives Whole is a delicious granola that uses no refined sugar, and can even be made gluten free.  The recipe is flavored with almond butter, cinnamon, and vanilla and uses honey as its sweetener – don’t forget to source your honey locally for that added health benefit!  With the 8 simple ingredients it calls for, you can take comfort in knowing your crunchy, delicious granola doesn’t have any hidden ingredients or additives that are difficult to pronounce.

Almond Coffee Cake by Trina Krug is a gluten free breakfast treat that can be made paleo and keto friendly, so you don’t need to feel any guilt about it! This coffee cake is moist and super flavorful as is, but Trina includes a recipe for Almond Coconut Cream Glaze as an optional topper - though, why would you want to miss out on that!  It pairs perfectly with coffee or tea and is an indulgent treat that makes a delicious breakfast or midday snack.

Homemade Almond Staples

Homemade Almond Butter by Erin Lives Whole is an easy, go-to recipe if you are a fan of nut butters but want to make your own from the comfort of your home.  All you need are natural, whole almonds and a high-powered blender or food processor.  This is also a great recipe if you’re looking to add in your own flavorings – something as simple as sea salt is a great addition, or you can get more creative with add-ins like maple extract or pumpkin pie spice!

Homemade Almond Milk by Running on Real Food has easy to follow instructions for making your own almond milk at home – and all it calls for are natural, whole almonds and water.  No need for store-bought almond milk with all sorts of flavoring and additives, all it takes is a high-powered blender and some cheesecloth to make this delicious, dairy-free beverage.  As a bonus, once you’ve strained your nut milk you are left with a dry, flour-like almond pulp that can be used in recipes as well.

Homemade Almond Flour by Detoxinista has easy instructions to make your own almond flour, providing a cost-friendly alternative to purchasable options.  Make sure to use blanched almonds when making almond flour, as natural whole almonds with the skin on would create almond meal.  While almond meal can be used interchangeably in a good amount of recipes that call for almond flour, there will be a slight difference in texture and appearance of the final product.