February 16th is National Almond Day and there are plenty of reasons to be nuts about almonds. Almonds are believed to have been around since ancient times and not only are they delicious but they’re really healthy too. One ounce of almonds has 160 calories and is a great source of vitamin E, fiber, calcium, and magnesium. That handful can also make you feel satisfied to help with weight maintenance.
Learn more about the benefits of almonds in Why You Should Be Eating More Almonds and Walnuts and How Almonds Help Support Your Body When You Go Dairy-Free.
Speaking of going dairy-free, you may know that cashews are often used as a dairy-substitute but almonds can also replace dairy. Almond milk is probably the most popular non-dairy milk. It’s slightly sweet, nutty, and creamy. It’s delicious straight from the glass, poured over cereal or in your coffee. Almond milk can also be used in all recipes, sweet, and savory. You can buy almond milk or make your own. See How to Milk an Almond and How to Make Almond Milk for recipes. Almonds can also be used to make cheese and other dairy-type dishes. Check out these 10 recipes where almonds show that it’s easy and delicious to ditch the dairy.
1. Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting
After you’ve had these Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting, you’ll never have waffles any other way. The waffles are sweet, crispy, and delicious. The “syrup” of cream cheese frosting made with almond milk and cashews is seriously icing on the cake … waffles.
2. Rainbow Vegetable Rolls with Thai Almond Sauce
Everything is more fun in wrapped form – and these Rainbow Vegetable Rolls with Thai Almond Sauce are a delicious way to get a colorful array of vitamins. The star of the show is the tangy dipping sauce that’s made with almond butter, tamari, sesame oil, and lime. Their gorgeous appearance makes them perfect for serving at parties but they’re also great for any day of the week.
3. Raw Almond Parmesan
If you savor parmesan on your pasta or salads, you’ll love this Raw Almond Parmesan. Almonds plus some nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and a little sea salt is all you need to make this healthy and delicious topping. It will add tons of flavor to all your dishes so sprinkle away…
4. Creamy Green Peas and Almond Soup
Fresh green peas and homemade almond milk create a soup that’s filling, yet light. Serve this Creamy Green Peas and Almond Soup with a side of warm toasted bread and enjoy its subtle flavors. Garnish with fresh herbs, sliced almonds, and coconut yogurt for extra creaminess.
5. 5-Ingredient Vegan Almond Feta Cheese
Feta cheese is a favorite for many people and this 5-Ingredient Vegan Almond Feta Cheese will satisfy any salty, cheesy cravings you’re having. Toss it on your salad, make feta cream cheese or put slices on crackers. We bet you’ll find plenty of uses for this creamy and crumbly cheese.
6. Almond Kasha Porridge with Ginger and Pineapple
Kasha, also known as toasted buckwheat groats, makes for a hearty breakfast cereal. When cooked, groats take on a texture not unlike oatmeal. In this Almond Kasha Porridge with Ginger and Pineapple, almond milk makes it creamy and treat-like while fresh ginger and pineapple provide a contrast of spicy and sweet flavors. This breakfast dish can be topped with hemp and chia seeds, or more fresh fruit for extra sweetness.
7. Herb and Garlic Almond Cheese
This Herb and Garlic Almond Cheese is a super tasty vegan almond cheese that you can easily make at home. Just a handful of simple ingredients combine into a delicious plant-based treat! This is non-dairy cheese goodness that you will want to eat all on your own but it would be nice if you shared it with others.
8. Buckwheat Cherry Bakewell Tart Pancakes
Cherry and almond are a combination often seen in a Bakewell tart, a British tea time confection consisting of cherry jam, almond sponge, and icing in a shortbread crust. These Buckwheat Cherry Bakewell Tart Pancakes are a twist on this well-known treat to form a heavenly stack of cherry Bakewell pancakes. They’re thick, fluffy, filling, and not to mention they are completely nutritious too! The buckwheat flour and ground almonds make them highly energizing and a good source of plant-based protein.
9. Spreadable Almond Cheese 3 Ways
This Spreadable Almond Cheese is a basic batch of spreadable almond cheese that can be flavored in endless ways. The sky is the limit – make it savory, sweet, spicy, whatever you like. Here you’ll find recipes for pesto, green onion, and garlic flavors. That’s just the starting point of all the ways you’ll flavor this yummy cheese.
10. Dreamy Almond Butter and Banana Chia Pudding
This dreamy, creamy Almond Butter and Banana Chia Pudding is so easy to make. There’s double the almond goodness with almond butter plus almond milk – they just go hand-in-hand. Top this chia pudding with anything you like, such as chocolate chips, but it’s especially good with banana.
Almonds make a delicious snack, but they’re good for so much more. It’s clear that dairy is obsolete when it can be replaced by healthy and yummy almonds.
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