Almond or Badam is a versatile nut that is used in different forms in sweet or savoury dishes. This versatile nut can be blanched and used to make salads and curries or ground to make almond meal to be used in cakes and cookies. Almonds can also be blended with water to make almond milk to make sweet badam milk or vegan hot chocolate. In India we have the popular badam halwa and badam barfi which are part of many festivities.
Choosing the right kind of almond is very important. You get two varieties. The popular and more easily available sweet almonds and then there are bitter almonds which are usually used to make essence. Old and shriveled nuts usually have an unpleasant bitter and oily taste to them. You can store almonds in the freezer in an airtight container for months.
Almonds have lots of nutrients in them, they are high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, Vitamin E, manganese and magnesium. They also contain decent amount of copper, Vitamin B2 and phosphorous. They are loaded with antioxidants which are usually stored in the skin of the almond so its a good practice to eat almonds with the skin. Almonds also reduce hunger and hence helping your over all calorie intake. So munch on Almonds as snacks instead of processed food.
Here we have some amazing almond sweet recipes that you can include in your diet and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
1.Indian Almond/ Badam Sweet Recipes
India has a wide variety of dry fruit and nuts sweet recipes and these badam recipes are quite popular in India. Make badam barfis and kheers for your festivals and parties. Serve them to your kids as after school snacks as well.
2.Almond Cookies and Cakes Recipe
Here we have some cookies and cake recipes where some of them are made with almond flour or almond meal. Almond flour is finer than almond meal and doesn't have the dark flecks of skins. It can be easily made at home. Usually almond flour is made up of blanched almonds. Try these amazing almond cookies and cakes and let us know how you like it.
3.Indian Almond/ Badam Milk Recipes
Badam milk is quite popular drink in India. It can be had warm or cold. There are lots of ready made badam milk powders available in the market but to make your badam milk more nutritious try some of these recipes. Follow Homemade Almond Milk Recipe to make your own healthy Almond milk.
4.Almond Breakfast Recipes
A good start to a day makes all the different and that includes having a good breakfast. Including almonds to your breakfast gives you the energy to do more and keeps you fit. Here are some delicious Breakfast recipes with almonds.