Got almonds? This superfood is one of the most versatile of all nuts. Here are the all the tastiest almond recipes, from brownies to almond butter.
Almonds are truly one of the most versatile of nuts! This super nutritious nut isn’t just for topping salads. Alex and I use almonds all the time: in nut butter, homemade crackers, and quiche crusts, and then sweet treats like brownies and ice cream. Almonds are packed with plant-based protein, so they make everything a little more filling! You’ll find we use nuts often in the recipes here on A Couple Cooks.
Since we love everything almonds, we’ve rounded up our favorite almond recipes to share! Most of the recipes use whole almonds, but a few use almond flour. While you can make almond flour at home, we generally purchase it at the store since it’s hard to get the finely ground texture. From almond butter to Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream, we hope you love these recipes as much as we do!
First up in our almond recipes: roasted almonds! This recipe dresses up whole almonds to make them the perfect salty-sweet snack. Roasting them with a mixture of honey, salt, sesame seeds and cayenne pepper makes for a crunchy, elevated take on this superfood nut.
Did you know you can make crackers out of almonds? Yes, this cracker recipe is totally made of nuts: no flour! A blend of almonds and cashews are made into a nut flour that's rolled out and cut into crackers. Bake them up and they make a crunchy, protein-packed snack.
Ever made almond butter at home? It's truly simple and it tastes even better than store bought! In this recipe, you'll toast the almonds to bring out even more flavor. Then throw them in the food processor and blend until a thick paste forms. (Add a pinch of cinnamon for some flair!)
Granola is a classic almond recipe. In this honey almond granola, slivered almonds shine in a mixture of oats, honey and cinnamon. Mix in your favorite dried fruit (we love raisins and dried cherries) and enjoy with yogurt or milk.
This tasty tomato dip has become a bit "famous" in our circles: friends and family always asks if we're bringing the tomato almond dip! This dip takes just 5 minutes to whiz together in a blender or food processor. And the ingredients are seriously simple: canned tomatoes, almonds, garlic, and olive oil. And the flavor? Every time we make it, this tangy tomato dip is gobbled right up in a flash.
Romesco sauce is a traditional Spanish almond recipe made of red pepper, almonds and garlic. Here we've made a 5-minute sauce for gnocchi pasta by whizzing up romesco sauce in the blender. It comes out with a tangy flavor, and the almonds make it more filling than a traditional marinara. Substitute in any type of pasta for the gnocchi.
Here’s a chocolate cake recipe that's made of almonds! It's naturally gluten-free by using ground almonds instead of flour: you can grind them in a food processor or use purchased almond meal. It’s rich, chocolatey and delicious, sweetened with maple syrup and chocolate chips! The decadent cakes are served in little ramekins for individual portions.
Almonds can substitute in for quiche crust, too! This almond recipe is a vegetarian quiche; it's naturally gluten free using almond flour and olive oil. It's delightfully crunchy: an improvement on the traditional pastry crust, we'd say! The quiche is filled with a hearty spinach and Gruyere cheese filling, that's got shallots and a splash of white wine for sophistication. It's a total crowd pleaser!
One of the best and easiest places to use almonds in recipes? Salads! We've used almonds on more salads than we can count. But here's a perfect one to try: this salad features baby greens, tangy blackberries, and creamy goat cheese. Top it off with a contrasting crunch: here we used smoked almonds to make the salad over-the-top incredible.
Another great almond recipe is using almonds to make snack bars! These are similar to a homemade Lara bar, using almonds, cocoa powder, Medjool dates, and dried cherries to make a brownie-like, nutrient-dense bar. Medjool dates are a variety of date that are large and exceptionally sweet: they're used to make the energy bars that you'll find packaged in stores. And there even more fun to make at home!
Ever had muesli! While granola is typically covered in oil and sugar and baked until it’s very crispy, muesli is typically either raw or lightly toasted. It has no oil and usually no sweetener or is lightly sweetened. This recipe is a chocolate muesli, so it's lightly sweetened with maple and has a little bit of dark chocolate and dried cherries. Serve it up with almond milk and it's seriously satisfying.
Another almond recipe: our famous chocolate chip skillet cookie! This one has been made and loved by many. The trick is almond flour, which makes the cookie turn out chewy and caramely, almost like a blondie. Since the dough base is primarily almonds, it’s got more nutrients than the typical refined white flour cookie. And it's easy to make: mix all ingredients in a bowl, dump it in a skillet, and bake. You can’t get much easier than that!
Here's another great way to use almonds: in a dessert crust! These chocolate cherry dessert bites highlight all the best of that natural pairing: chocolate and cherries. They’re rich and chocolate-y but use just a few whole food ingredients! The crust is made of mostly almonds and oats, blended into crumbles and pressed into a muffin tin. And the creamy chocolate mousse topping is made of just three ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder. Topped with delicious sweet cherries, each one is a little bit of heaven.
Why not use almonds as mix-ins in ice cream? This one is a homemade version of the popular Baskin Robbins flavor: it's intensely coffee flavored, with a chocolate tahini ribbon and roasted almonds. It's dairy-free too: but so creamy you'd never know it!
And last but not least in our almond recipes: these fudgy vegan brownies! The almonds are incorporated in two ways: in almond butter, which makes the brownies gooey and fudgy. Then, chopped almonds and dark chocolate chips are sprinkled as a crunchy topping. These have become a fan favorite!
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.