Almond Snacks (Recipes)

Almond Snacks (Recipes)

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A schmear of almond butter on a golden apple is nice, but there are so many other ways to enjoy almond products as a snack, starter, or side dish. This chapter gives you dozens of ideas, from everyday to elegant—treats you can toss out as after school snacks, or beautiful two-bite appetizers that will complement any cocktail party.

With more and more allergen-free eaters, and more and more people seeking healthy indulgences, these starters are sure to be a welcome addition to parties and picnic tables. The ingredients are mostly whole and fresh. Gluten-free and vegan options abound, and many of the recipes are kid-friendly for children who may otherwise turn up their noses at something that isn’t quite the same as their beloved peanut butter.

Paleo eaters are encouraged to serve the crostini recipes on slices of almond bread, nut thin crackers, or slices of cucumber. We can’t have our fellow no-wheat foodies living without these divine treats!

Almond Crunch Crackers

Making crackers at home is surprisingly easy. This is the simplest almond cracker you can make, calling for just four ingredients. The crackers bake up thin and crispy and pair beautifully with savory dips and spreads.

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons avocado or olive oil (or grapeseed, if you’re not following a paleo diet)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, oil, water, and ½ teaspoon of the salt until a thick dough forms.
  3. Press the dough into a ball and place it between two large pieces of parchment paper. Roll the dough with a rolling pin until ¹/₁₆ inch thick. Use a pizza cutter or pastry cutter to slice the dough into squares.
  4. Carefully transfer the parchment with the cut crackers to a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the remaining sea salt.
  5. Bake for 6–9 minutes, or just until the crackers are light golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving.

PER SERVING (3 CRACKERS)

  • Calories: 95
  • Calories from Fat: 72
  • Total Fat: 8.0g, 12%
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7g, 3%
  • Total Carb: 3.0g, 1%
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5g, 6%
  • Protein: 3.0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
  • Sodium: 103mg, 4%

Makes about 48 crackers


Go gourmet with your almond crackers!

Turn this recipe for basic Almond Crunch Crackers into a variety of incredible flavors. Here are a few easy mix-ins that will turn this basic recipe into a gourmet treat.

SAVORY. Need crackers that pair nicely with cheese plates, savory spreads, and antipasto platters? These delicious versions are great for any occasion.

♦ Cheddar. Add ½ tablespoon nutritional yeast to the dough, increase the water by  teaspoon. xx

♦ Rosemary. Add 1 tablespoon dried rosemary to the dough.

♦ Sesame. Add 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds to the dough.

♦ Fresh Herb. Stir 1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped herbs (sage, parsley, oregano, and/or tarragon) into the dough before rolling out.

♦ Black Pepper. Add ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to the dough before slicing and baking.

SWEET. For dessert dips and sweet spreads, there’s nothing like a crunchy cracker to go along with them. Try serving these crackers alongside apple dips or with mild, soft cheeses for a fun treat.

♦ Honey. Add 1 tablespoon honey to the dough and reduce the oil and water by ½ tablespoon each.

♦ Cinnamon Sugar. Sprinkle the tops of the cut crackers with 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar before baking.

♦ Chocolate. Add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder to the dough, and increase the oil and water by 1 teaspoon each.


Almond Butter Hummus

Hummus has grown in popularity over the years, and for good reason—it’s delicious! This recipe adds creamy almond butter for a touch of natural sweetness and tons of flavor. Raw or roasted almond butter works equally well in this hummus. This recipe calls for roasted garlic, which is usually found in the olive bar, near the deli section of most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, feel free to omit it.

  • 2 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  1. Place the garlic, garbanzo beans, ¼ cup of the oil, the almond butter, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse to desired consistency. Add more salt if desired.
  2. Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley and paprika.

PER SERVING (1/16 RECIPE)

  • Calories: 134
  • Calories from Fat: 30
  • Total Fat: 5g, 8%
  • Saturated Fat: 0g, 0%
  • Total Carb: 19g, 6%
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g, 16%
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
  • Sodium: 349mg, 15%

Makes 16 servings

Creamy Almond Butter and Honey Apple Dip

Quick and easy to toss together for snacking, almond butter and honey mixed with yogurt make a great dip for apples, strawberries, or slices of bananas and kiwi. Little cubes of banana bread also pair well with this yummy dip.

  • 3 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into ½-inch slices.
  1. Whip the almond butter, cream cheese, yogurt, and honey together in a medium bowl and chill for  hour to let the flavors meld.
  2. Sprinkle with the apple pie spice before serving. Serve with the apple slices for dipping.

PER SERVING (1/8 RECIPE)

  • Calories: 121
  • Calories from Fat: 72
  • Total Fat: 8.0g, 12%
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3g, 17%
  • Total Carb: 12.2g, 4%
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.9g, 7%
  • Sugars: 9.4g
  • Protein: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg, 5%
  • Sodium: 63mg, 3%

Makes 8 servings

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