Breakfast Ingredient Spotlight: Almonds

At Simple Mills, we’re huge fans of almonds! In the past few years, almonds have become THE nut of choice when it comes to snacking or meal time. Once we discovered almond butter, we pushed our jars of peanut butter to the back of our shelves. Not only are almonds higher in protein than peanuts but they have more monosaturated fats which help our bodies develop and maintain healthy cells! While we like to snack on them in the office, they come in handy for a variety of other uses listed below.

 

 

1. Almond flour

  1. Almond flour is created by blending together blanched almonds (this means their skins have been removed). This results in a finer flour as opposed to almond meal, which uses the whole almond.
  2. A great source of Vitamin E and Magnesium
  3. Naturally gluten-free and high in protein

How we like to use it:

Mixing it with coconut flour and coconut sugar to produce our nutrient-rich baking mixes – now that’s one delicious combo!

 

2. Almond butter

  1. One serving can contain 7g of protein
  2. Many brands (i.e. Justin’s and Wild Friends) offer squeeze packs for a grab and go snack. They are delicious with a banana or sliced apples!
  3. Stick to the ones with only one ingredient (almonds) and ditch those with added oil (i.e. fully hydrogenated vegetable oils) and sugar

How we like to use it:

Spreading a tablespoon onto one of our banana muffins fresh out of the oven!

 

3. Almond milk

  1. An delicious, high-protein alternative for cow’s milk if you have a dairy allergy or just prefer to avoid dairy. Almond milk is becoming easier than ever to find in grocery stores and coffee shops!
  2. At least 10g less sugar than dairy milk (if you buy the unsweetened version)
  3. Try to purchase ones without added gums or carrageenan, as these preservatives tend to be hard to digest for some

How we like to use it:

Making a fresh batch of it right in our own kitchen! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight in a bowl of water over night 
  2. In the morning, drain the almonds and blend in a high-powered blender with 4 cups of water
    1. We like to add 2 dates and ½ vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract) for added flavor and natural sweetness!
  1. Once the mixture is frothy, pour through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth into a pitcher
  2. Then, pour the mixture into a glass bottle or jar to keep in the fridge and enjoy right away!

This recipe makes 1 quart and is best if used within 2-3 days. When almond milk is homemade, it produces a creamier texture because there are minimal ingredients and no additives, as opposed to the store bought brands. 

 Photo courtesy of www.HealthFitnessRevolution.com

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