How to use almonds

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 avour 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 sh
Pulse almonds in a blender until coarse crumbs. Mix with breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, and use to
coat sh. 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 akes 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 andlemon 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 riboavin (vitamin B2) which helps release energy from the foods we eat.