Almond Giveaway



Almonds are hands down my favorite nut to snack on, so I was thrilled when the Almond Board of California contacted me to host a giveaway for my readers in honor of National Almond Day – February 16th! It’s also fittingly National Heart Health Month (the healthy fats in almonds are great for heart health) and National Snacking Month (almonds make the perfect snack!).

I don’t go a day without snacking on almonds. In fact, each year at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference, I make sure to pick up a new almond tin from the Almond Board, that makes packing and snacking on almonds so easy (and stylish!). I seriously stash one of these tins of almonds in every possible location for when I need a snack in a pinch: in my work bag, my purse, my gym bag, my office, and my car. The protein, healthy fats and fiber in almonds keep me satisfied, and you only need a small palm-ful (about ¼ cup) to tide you over between meals. Funk is a huge fan of almond butter, and spreads a layer on his morning English muffin for breakfast. Needless to say, we’re big almond fans over here.

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The Almond Board sent me this amazing almond-packed giveaway, and one to send to a lucky (very lucky) reader. In it you’ll find:

A bag of whole natural almonds

A bag of blanched sliced almonds

Almond butter

Almond flour

Almond tins (in the perfect portion size!)

And an almond inspiration cookbook

…All packed into a pretty orange travel bag!

As soon as I received my package, I dove into that cookbook and flagged a handful of recipes I wanted (needed!) to make right away, including this one for Almond Cherry Energy Bars. I made them over the weekend since I already had all ingredients on hand, and had wanted to make my own granola bars. They were amazing! Dense, filling and flavorful, I know I’ll be making them again. I used raisins in place of dried cherries since that’s what I had on hand.

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Ingredients:

Cooking spray

3 cups favorite granola

1 cup wheat germ

1.5 cups almond butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup whole wheat flour

¾ cup honey

1 cup dried cherries

1 cup slivered California Almonds

Directions

1.     Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13” rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving excess paper on edges.

2.     Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and spread into pan. Press firmly.

3.     Bake for 10 minutes.

4.     Pull on parchment paper to remove from pan and cut into 24 bars while still warm – 6 on one side and 4 on the other.

Source: Almond Inspiration Cookbook

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Now it’s your turn to get cooking and snacking with almonds. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite way to enjoy almonds – as a snack? Sprinkled in your oatmeal? Or churned into creamy almond butter?

I’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday, February 15th.

Want to stay in touch with the Almond Board? Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received this complementary almond giveaway from the Almond Board of California. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

39 Comments

  1. Posted February 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    i will roast almonds with curry powder and have it along with tea………

  2. Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE sprinkling almonds on/in just about anything, but mixing them into a quinoa salad with fresh veggies and hummus is probably my favorite.

  3. Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    I love almonds!! I recently discovered a recipe for Almond crusted salmon…it is to die for. A new staple around our house. http://www.livingrunningcooking.com/2012/12/almond-crusted-salmon.html

  4. Amy
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I love almonds by the handful! But I also love them in oatmeal, mixed in with a little spoonful of nutella…so yummy!

  5. Posted February 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    What an awesome giveaway!
    I love almonds! They are always my go to snack!
    If I win, I will be making these bars right away! :)

  6. Posted February 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I love almonds in any form, but I just learned to make almond butter and am now totally addicted, as is the rest of my family.

  7. Sara P.
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I love making granola with almonds! It is the perfect snack!

  8. Katelyn P
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE a handful of raw almonds as a pre-workout snack in the morning-time :)

  9. Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I love almonds in trail mix! I also add sliced almonds to salads and oatmeal…and switch between almond and peanut butter on my toast!

  10. Gina
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I love almond butter on just about anything! I also love sliced almonds in salads, granola + fruit crisp topping. thanks for the giveaway, Janel!

  11. Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I like eating them plain as a snack

  12. Alyce DeGennaro
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I love almond butter with cocoa mixed in. Yum!

  13. Lauren
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    I can’t choose just one way!! I eat almond butter every day, add almonds to oatmeal, eat with dried fruit, add to kale salads. And now I make French macarons with almond flour. Endless things to do with amazing almonds!

  14. Valerie Theberge
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    I like Caramelized Almonds
    http://www.ricardocuisine.com/recipes/3152-caramelized-almonds-

  15. Jessie C.
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    I love roasted almonds as snacks.

  16. Jessica F
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    I love them in my salads, and I love almond milk!

  17. JoAnn
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    So many ways to enjoy almonds, plain as a snack, chopped in homemade granola and sliced in green beans almondine. Love almonds!

  18. Jordan D
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    I love flavored roasted almonds as a snack, but plain raw or roasted almond butter is amazing when I have a real almond craving!

  19. Alexandria
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    My favorite way to eat almonds is as a snack with a banana and a square of dark chocolate – crunchy, creamy, and delicious!

  20. Posted February 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    My favorite way to eat almonds is raw/natural with dried apricots – so good!

  21. Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Almond butter mixed into vanilla skyr (yogurt) is one of my favorite post-running treats. But Crushed almonds on top of hot breakfast cereal in the morning are a close second.

  22. Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Dark chocolate covered almonds, with sea salt :)

  23. Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I always love adding roasted almonds to my homemade granola – nice hit of protein. They are so yummy with a slight sweetness – they’re delicious!

  24. Rachel
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Just started doing a paleo diet and discovered almond flour (and almond yogurt) = wow! Amazing food!

  25. Heather
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    LOVE to have almond butter with homemade jam on a piece of toast for breakfast.

  26. Posted February 13, 2013 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    omg, LOVE the bag!! fingers crossed I win ;) Love almonds in biscotti.

  27. Lara
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Sliced on pastries! Or in healthy granola.

  28. Jillian
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    I love melting peanut butter and sliced apple in the microwave, and putting sliced almonds and cocoa on top! :) nom nom

  29. Vera K
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I slice almonds and have them on top of greek yogurt for breakfast.

  30. manda
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    As a snack!

  31. Elizabeth
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I use almond butter in my breakfast smoothies. Frozen cherries, almond milk, almond butter, and almond extract!

  32. Derrick J.
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a great recipe for Catfish Almondine,catfish in a sliced almond crust is delicious!

  33. Wild Orchid
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    I eat a handful of raw almonds daily as a healthy snack at work. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  34. Houser
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow! So many ways to choose from with one of my favorite foods! But I, quite simply, love to spread raw, crunchy almond butter on honeycrisp apple slices.

  35. Julie
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    love eating them as a snack
    thanks for the giveaway

  36. Ttrockwood
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    I love almond butter in smoothies, almonds in my oatmeal, and almond milk

  37. domestic diva
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    I like to eat almonds plain, by the handful.

  38. Susan Christy
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Like them as a snack or coating my chocolate covered toffee.

  39. Margot C
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I eat them toasted on my salad.

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