Here are 10 quick and easy ways to make the most of this healthy nut.
Almond fruit crumble Make a simple topping for a crumble with sliced almonds, rolled oats, brown sugar and a little reduced-fat spread. Top apple, apricot or plums with this mix and bake until golden.
Almond and basil pesto Replace pine nuts in a pesto recipe with almonds. Use a plain oil like rice bran instead of olive oil to let the almond flavour shine through.
Nutty muesli Combine rolled oats, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and raisins to make a tasty muesli. Soak overnight in milk for Bircher muesli, or use as it is.
Moist, tasty cakes Use ground almonds instead of butter in baking recipes for a moist texture with less saturated fat. Experiment with your favourite recipes – roughly two-thirds the weight of butter can be replaced with ground almonds and the rest with reduced-fat spread.
Almond-crumbed fish Pulse almonds in a blender until coarse crumbs. Mix with breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, and use to coat fish. Bake until golden and crispy.
Dessert alternative Lightly toasted almonds on a platter with a simple soft cheese like camembert, a pile of fresh ripe cherries and some plain crackers, makes a lovely alternative to a sweet dessert.
Chilli-toasted almonds Make a tasty snack by heating a non-stick pan and toasting natural almonds with chilli flakes and sea salt until gently browned.
Broccoli, chicken and almond stir-fry Gently fry chopped onion and garlic in sesame oil. Add chicken pieces, steamed broccoli and sliced almonds. Stir-fry until chicken is cooked. Add a splash of sweet soy sauce and stir some baby spinach through. Serve with rice.
Almond and ginger coleslaw Add almonds to sliced green and red cabbage and thinly sliced ginger. Dress with light yoghurt and lemon juice.
Green veges with almonds Stir-fry green beans, asparagus and fresh peas. Toss through toasted almonds and serve with barbecued meat.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, which helps rid our bodies of damaging free radicals. An eighth cup (14-16 almonds) provides a quarter to a third of the daily level of vitamin E suggested for good health. Almonds also provide around 15% of recommended dietary intake (RDI) for riboflavin (vitamin B2) which helps release energy from the foods we eat.