Crunchy Almonds
In Fall Recipes

As the cooler weather approaches, those belly warming casseroles and stews are a welcome change from summer‘s lighter fare, but they can sometimes lack that coveted texture and crunchiness. Adding a few handfuls of heart-healthy almonds can boost the nutritional value of your fall recipes and deliver a lovely nutty crunch. Here's more on almonds and ways to incorporate this good for you nut into your cool weather autumn fare.

Almonds spilling from bowl

Fast almond facts

Health benefits of almonds

Studies show that almonds are one of the healthiest nuts you can nosh.

This tasty nut:

  • lends heart-healthy benefits.
  • helps with weight maintenance.
  • is packed with protein and good for you fats.
  • has prebiotics which help with digestive health.
  • is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and fiber.
  • contains other beneficial nutrients.
  • is cholesterol-free and may even help lower serum cholesterol.

A handful of almonds a day can benefit your health in many delicious ways.

Selecting the freshest almonds

Though most almonds are shelled before you purchase them, you can still find unshelled almonds, which actually have a longer shelf-life. When buying shelled almonds, opt for the freshest packed. When buying unshelled almonds, choose nuts that have dry, unsplit shells that are mold- and blemish-free.

Storing almonds

Store shelled or unshelled almonds in a sealed container and keep the container in a dry, cool, dark place, like the pantry. Keep unshelled almonds in the shell until you are ready to use them; this will let them last longer. If preferred, you can also refrigerate or freeze almonds to keep them fresh even longer.

Preparing almonds for recipes

You can buy shelled whole almonds raw, roasted or blanched. You can even roast and blanch your own almonds.

To roast almonds: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place almonds on a baking sheet and spray with cooking oil, tossing to coat. Roast for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan after 5 minutes to flip almonds. Keep an eye on the nuts as they will quickly burn.

To blanch almonds: Simply place raw almonds in boiling water and boil until their skin begins to come off. Rinse almonds in cold water and rub off the remaining skin.

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Comments on "Fall recipes with an almondy crunch"

teresa November 09, 2009 | 8:34 AM

I would like to know a recipe for roasting almonds in the shell. I have a bird that will eat roasted nuts better then raw. He's a big bird so he likes to forage.So you see the almonds in the shell-roasted-unsalted are good for him.can you help me with this?

ann October 25, 2009 | 6:33 PM

i want more recipes for brekefast please thanks ann

Stacy Williams October 01, 2009 | 8:52 PM

Almonds are healthy and delicious, and when you just have to have chocolate- treat yourself to DOVE Chocolate with almonds... delicious! There is also a yummy peanut butter treat to turn to but that is a whole other article! Stacy from the DOVE Chocolate team Follow us on twitter: Dove_chocolate

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