Raw or roasted, sliced or whole, almonds are one of our favorite nuts! These versatile little treats are a little sweet and a little salty, making them perfect for savory and dessert dishes alike.
Fun fact: Almonds aren’t actually nuts. They’re drupes — fruit with an outer fleshy part encasing a shell with a seed inside. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, almonds boast a ton of amazing health benefits. Eating a handful of almonds is great for regulating cholesterol, strengthening your bones and teeth, and even protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease! (1)
It’s not hard to get almonds into your diet. In addition to eating them raw, almonds can be soaked to make almond milk, ground into almond meal or almond flour, or blended into almond butter. You can buy these almond ingredients easily at the store, or create them at home for much cheaper with kitchen gadgets like food processors and blenders.
With these basic almond staples, the world is our Paleo oyster. Almond flour is often used in place of regular flour to re-create cookies, cakes and muffins without any gluten. Almond butter is a great substitute for peanut butter, and can be used in dressings, dips or frosting. Almond milk is also a fabulous stand-in for regular dairy milk.
To prove to you how truly versatile almonds truly are, we compiled a list of 51 recipes to showcase their power from almond-flecked salads to hearty batters on chicken or fish, from mousse and puddings to waffles and pancakes. Whatever you fancy, we’ve got you covered.
You don’t even need to use a standing mixer to whip up these chewy, wholesome cookies! Just whisk together almond flour with a few other ingredients and bake for a flavorfully addicting treat. Try adding in coconut flakes or chocolate chips before popping them in the oven to better suit your craving.
Recipe: Sweet & Savory | Almond Cookies
Almond Crusted Chicken with Lemon Zucchini Noodles
Craving a hearty dinner? Let this one skillet dinner hit the spot. The zucchini noodles are cooked right in the juices from the almond chicken, creating a savory dish with harmonizing flavors.
Recipe: Slim Sanity | Almond Crusted Chicken with Lemon Zucchini Noodles
Almond Butter Cup Cookies
With almond flour, almond butter and almond extract, these cookies scream that “nutty” flavor! Top with melted dark chocolate for the ultimate nut lovers butter cup.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Almond Butter Cup Cookies
Roasted Rosemary Almonds
Sick of choosing between raw and roasted store-bought almonds? Roast your own with these tantalizingly savory flavors!
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Roasted Rosemary Almonds
Shrimp Thai Green Curry
Put down the phone – you can make this curry faster than the takeout delivery guy can get here! Made with full-fat coconut milk and creamy almond butter, how can it possibly not be ten times better, too?
Recipe: PaleOMG | Shrimp Thai Green Curry
Pancakes with Almond Butter & Blackberry Sauce
Wake up to these amazing Paleo pancakes! The batter is made with almond milk and the pancakes are topped with almond butter for a perfect one-two punch of almond-y goodness!
Recipe: Civilized Caveman Cooking | Pancakes with Almond Butter & Blackberry Sauce
Simple Almond Butter
Tired of those overpriced almond butter jars that are full of additives? All you need is an oven, a food processor and a pound of raw almonds to blend up your own homemade version of the good stuff.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Simple Almond Butter
No-Bake Almond Butter Bars
Make a double batch of these babies the next time you head to a gathering. They’ll get gobbled down faster than you can say almond butter and chocolate!
Recipe: Holistically Engineered | No-Bake Almond Butter Bars
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes
These fluffy donut holes are exactly what happy mornings are made of. With a light crumb and a moist interior, these morning treats are elevated further with a roll in cinnamon and sugar!
Recipe: Texan Erin Baking | Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes
Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies
How does it get any better than chocolate brownies? By a melted almond butter base and topping, that’s how.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies
Frozen Almond Butter Mousse
Believe it or not, this mousse is only two ingredients – and you don’t even need an ice cream maker! Oh, happy day.
Recipe: Holistically Engineered | Frozen Almond Butter Mousse
Asian Almond Chicken Salad
Craving the balanced flavors of Thailand? Shred some chicken and veggies and top with this sweet and sour “peanut” dressing! It’s great as a dipping sauce as well.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Asian Almond Chicken Salad
Almond Poppy Seed Muffins
What’s better than lemon poppy seed muffins? Almond poppy seed muffins! Even Elaine from Seinfeld would have to agree.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Almond Poppy Seed Muffins
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds
Prove that simple is better with this easy recipe that’ll satisfy that salt-sweet craving with the fewest possible ingredients.
Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction | Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds
Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Mousse
Craving chocolate after dinner? Reach for this chilled ramekin waiting for you in the fridge – unless someone else has already nabbed it.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Mousse
Pumpkin and Carrot Muffins
These warm, spice-infused mini muffins are perfect for the next Saturday morning you find yourself reminiscing about brisk fall weather. They’re baked with almond flour and butter, and topped with sliced almonds for good measure!
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Pumpkin and Carrot Muffins
Almond Butter Banana Pudding
Got a craving for banana cream pie but don’t have the time or the energy to make it? Or maybe you need something to do with that single overly ripe banana? Whip up this easy five-ingredient pudding!
Recipe: Civilized Caveman Cooking | Almond Butter Banana Pudding
Rustic Almond Flour Bread
This dense and chewy bread is enhanced with herbs for an extra fresh smell while it’s baking. Great dipped in a hearty soup or slathered with a generous amount of butter!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Rustic Almond Flour Bread
Almond Lime Kale Salad
Liven up your boring lunchtime salad with zesty lime, crunchy almonds and spicy ginger.
Recipe: The Paleo Diet | Almond Lime Kale Salad
Almond Joy Lava Cakes
Dig into this dark chocolate lava cake with molten almond butter in the middle. The best part? It’s ready in 20 minutes!
Recipe: Food Faith Fitness | Almond Joy Lava Cakes
Paleo Almond Chicken
Want a crispy-crusted chicken that tastes like it’s fried? Try this big-crumbed almond crust coating an entire chicken breast, which yields a tender, juicy interior.
Recipe: Play Party Plan | Paleo Almond Chicken
Vanilla Caramel Almond Milk
Want to take your homemade almond milk to the next level? This version will be your next go-to for sweet smoothies!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Vanilla Caramel Almond Milk
Paleo Banana Bread
This moist loaf, made of almond meal, eggs and warm spices, is a fabulous way to use up those overly ripe bananas.
Recipe: The Roasted Root | Paleo Banana Bread
Almond Flour Pizza
All you need are eggs, almond flour, salt and olive oil to bake up this Paleo pizza crust. Add whatever toppings you want, and bake! Here’s a tip: make a few extra crusts to freeze for Paleo-friendly pizzas in a pinch.
Recipe: Ditch the Wheat | Almond Flour Pizza
Paleo Almond Joy Bars
Almond Joys are the chocolate bar weakness of many. These Paleo-approved raw Almond Joy bars are topped with shredded coconut and almonds to replicate that candy bar we all know and love.
Recipe:The Luxury Spot | Paleo Almond Joy Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lauren from Oatmeal with a Fork claims these are the best Paleo-friendly chocolate chip cookies out there! It’s probably because these little cookies are nice and crispy, with just the right amount of sweetness.
Recipe: Oatmeal with a Fork | Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almond Butter Blueberry Paleo Waffles
Are you salivating yet? These golden waffles pack almond milk, almond butter and almond extract right into the batter for a flavorful breakfast loaded with fresh blueberries.
Chocolate Almond Haystacks
You don’t have to go searching for a needle in these puppies. The only thing you’ll find inside are chocolate, almond clusters, and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Chocolate Almond Haystacks
This dairy-free yogurt is a lot easier than you think – we promise! The hardest part is waiting for it to culture. Then all you have to do is top with fruit and enjoy! Try adding some to smoothies, too.
Recipe: I Deliciate | Almond-Cashew Yogurt
Paleo Almond Honey Granola
When you make almond milk, you’ll have some leftover almond “pulp” – don’t throw it away! Use it to bake up this deliciously crunchy, Paleo-friendly granola.
Recipe: Civilized Caveman Cooking | Paleo Almond Honey Granola
Raw Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
These five-ingredient almond butter cups are so easy to make! All you need is a whisk and a freezer, and you’re ready to indulge in a candy ten times better than Reese’s could ever be.
Recipe: Ultimate Paleo Guide | Raw Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Almond Pesto-Crusted Cod with Pesto Zucchini Noodles
If you’re a fan of pesto, this is the dish for you. Liven up that plain piece of cod with an almond-y green sauce made extra peppery from fresh arugula.
Recipe: Ultimate Paleo Guide | Almond Pesto-Crusted Cod with Pesto Zucchini Noodles
Magic Cookie Bars
What makes these cookie-bar hybrids magic? We’re guessing it has something to do with the creamy, crunchy sweetness of these things without any refined sugars or gluten. It’s enchanting!
Recipe: Food Faith Fitness | Magic Cookie Bars
Blueberry Lemon Bread
Want to bake up a sweet bread that isn’t made from bananas? Try this almond flour-based pastry drizzled with a sweet honey butter glaze. You can’t go wrong.
Recipe: Savory Lotus | Blueberry Lemon Bread
Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Start your morning on the right foot with a square of this tender cake. The sweet crumb topping will have your fork digging in for bite after bite!
Recipe: Jay’s Baking Me Crazy | Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Chocolate Bacon Almond Butter Bananas
We promise… it’s a lot simpler than it sounds! These mini banana-and-bacon sandwiches are smeared with almond butter, then dipped in chocolate for a frozen treat to satisfy your sweet and salty cravings.
Recipe: Civilized Caveman Cooking | Chocolate Bacon Almond Butter Bananas
Almond Butter Fudge
Showcase the simple nutty taste of almond butter with this clean-eating fudge made with coconut oil.
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Katie | Almond Butter Fudge
Chocolate Almond Joy Biscuits
Somewhere between biscuits and scones, you’ll find this chocolate-studded almond hybrid. Top with almond butter for an extra-filling breakfast or snack!
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Katie | Chocolate Almond Joy Biscuits
Paleo Tortilla Chips
Need something Paleo-friendly to dip in that guacamole? Something that isn’t carrots? Try baking up these imitations with coconut milk and almond flour. Pro tip: add some turmeric to give them more of that corn chip color!
Recipe: My Heart Beets | Paleo Tortilla Chips
Lemon Berry Coconut Flour Muffins
I dare you to look at these and not want to make them immediately. With an almond milk batter swirled with pureed mixed berries, you’ll never make plain muffins again.
Recipe: My Heart Beets | Lemon Berry Coconut Flour Muffins
Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie
Almond butter may already be a staple in your smoothie, but have you tried sweetening it up with dates? It’ll create a thick shake you’ll be excited to sip on as a snack or dessert.
Recipe: With Salt & Wit | Coconut, Vanilla & Almond Butter Smoothie
All it takes is three ingredients to bake up this Indian flatbread. It’s great for scooping up curries, or just slathering with ghee and eating it straight up.
Recipe: My Heart Beets | Paleo Naan
Mocha Almond Pancakes
If it’s one of those mornings where you need a little extra coffee, try these pancakes with brewed coffee and coffee grinds in them. It’ll perk you right up.
Recipe: The Healthy Maven | Mocha Almond Pancakes
Crazy Good Peanut Noodles
Those takeout staples of yore are now within arm’s reach again. With spiralized yellow squash or zucchini, this version is topped with a spicy almond butter sauce made with coconut aminos.
Recipe: Kelley & Cricket | Crazy Good Peanut Noodles
Paleo Iced Caramel Macchiato
Do you love cold brew coffee as much as we do? Use it to make this Starbucks knockoff with almond milk and homemade coconut caramel sauce. No processed junk in this glass!
Recipe: Wicked Spatula | Paleo Iced Caramel Macchiato
Chinese Almond Chicken
With a Paleo tempura batter and hot Chinese mustard, this almond chicken is just as good as your local takeout joint – and it’s a LOT healthier!
Recipe: Wicked Spatula | Chinese Almond Chicken
Sweet Almond Pie Smoothie
Why is this almond butter smoothie such a dark berry color? Because it’s made with a purple sweet potato. Why else?
Recipe: Wicked Spatula | Sweet Almond Pie Smoothie
Coconut Almond Porridge
Cozy up to some hot cereal in three minutes flat with this porridge made with almond meal, almond milk and flaxseeds. Flavor it with coconut, vanilla, and whatever fruit or nuts you like!
Recipe: Wicked Good Kitchen | Coconut Almond Porridge
Almond Joy Energy Balls
Roll up these no-bake treats and eat them on the go. Loaded with almonds and cocoa, they’ll keep your energy levels up for hours!
Recipe: The Healthy Maven | Almond Joy Energy Balls
Steak and Strawberry Salad with Maple Almond Butter Dressing
Welcome summer with this light and tangy salad of avocado, steak, fresh strawberries and raw onions. Topped with a sweet dressing to liven up your sweet-salty taste buds!
Recipe: Everyday Paleo | Steak and Strawberry Salad with Maple Almond Butter Dressing
We promise – it’s not what you think! This combination of bananas, raw cashews, blueberries and almond butter comes together great in a Mason jar when you need a quick and easy breakfast on the go.
Recipe: See Vanessa Craft | Monkey Salad
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