Almonds are a tasty ingredient that packs extra flavour and texture into your meals. Full of flavour and bursting with healthy nutrients, read on to find out more about almonds and discover some of the most delicious recipes to try at home. 

The benefits of eating almonds

Eating almonds come with a number of health benefits. Like other nuts, almonds are a great source of good fats and protein and are packed with essential vitamins. Although almonds do not count towards your five-a-day, they provide essential nutrients for a healthy balanced diet and a handful (around 30g) is a great snack to enjoy throughout the day, keeping you fuller for longer. 

Vitamins in almonds

For something as small as an almond, they are jam-packed with key vitamins and minerals, including: 

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate

Almond recipes

Almonds can be enjoyed in a variety of cuisines, adding a nutty flavour to enhance stew, curry, salad or stir fry.

Mimi Morley, Recipe Development Manager from HelloFresh explains:

“I love incorporating almonds into my recipes. They add a flavoursome kick to a variety of dishes and it’s an easy way to get key nutrients into your diet. 

One of my favourite cuisines that really compliments almonds is Indian food and a great way to get the nutty flavour into your curry is to use almond milk as the base – a great vegan alternative without losing any flavour. 

Other ways I use almonds in my cooking are roasting them or sprinkling raw almond flakes to finish off a salad for added crunch.” 

How to make almond milk

Almond milk is a great plant-based alternative to milk and is super easy to whisk up at home. 


  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 whole dates 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Soak the raw almonds overnight in cool water.
  2. Place the soaked almonds, salt, dates, water and vanilla extract into a blender and blend until smooth. 
  3. Pour the milk through a strainer to remove any pulp. 
  4. Pour the milk into a jug and refrigerate. Consume within 3-5 days and shake well before using. 

All cooking appliances vary. These are guidelines only. Ensure the food is piping hot before serving. Do not reheat.

How to cook with almonds

There are a number of ways you can cook with almonds, including roasting, frying or using them raw.

Roasting almonds gives added crunch and flavour. Simply place on a baking tray and drizzle in oil or butter. If you are roasting whole almonds, bake for around 9-12 minutes, while sliced almonds will take approximately 6-8 minutes. 

Top tip:
To make your roasted almonds even more delicious, drizzle honey over before roasting for a sweet surprise!

If you’re looking to add a nutty burst of flavour into a stir fry or curry, frying almonds will enhance the taste and texture. Simply add a splash of oil to a frying pan and add the almonds, stirring for approximately 7-10 minutes, until browned. 

Eating almonds raw adds a chewy texture and milder flavour to your dish. Flaked almonds are great eaten raw and make the perfect topping to any summer salad or autumn stew!

Almond recipes

Why not try these super easy almond recipes at home: 

All food products vary. The instructions printed on the food packaging always supersedes those printed in this article and must always be followed.

Source: hellofresh.co.uk


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