[Disclosure: The following post is a part of a paid promotion between The Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and California Almonds.]
~by Regan Jones, RD
~recipe and images by Kylie Held Mitchell
I kid you not — there is hardly a day that goes by that I do not either 1) eat almond butter out of the jar by the spoonful for a midday snack or 2) grab a handful of almonds (smoked almonds are my kryptonite) to accompany my 5 o’clock dose of resveratrol.
So when California Almonds approached us about a partnership that included challenging bloggers to get their #CrunchOn, there really wasn’t much to discuss.
Selecting 15 or so of your favorite Healthy Aperture contributors to work with on a campaign is no small task when you consider there are now nearly 4,000 blogs who contribute to this site.
Anyway, back to the almonds. As much as I’m content to live with my daily spoon-to-mouth or hand-to-mouth method, we wanted our talented to bloggers to give you much, much more.
So over the next two weeks, these lovely ladies….
Meme @ Living Well Kitchen
Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition
Min @ MJ & Hungryman
Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
Anne @ Fannetastic Food
Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
Rachael @ An Avocado A Day
Alexis @ Hummusapien
Amanda @ The Wholesome Dish
Alex @ Delicious Knowledge
Danielle @ Food Confidence
Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian
Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
Kristina @ Love and Zest
….and their amazing blogs will be sharing simple, delicious snack recipes to help you power through your day in our #CrunchOn campaign featuring California Almonds.
I’m sure each of them will tell you in their own words why they enjoy love almonds. Here are mine:
- Quick & Easy -- There are so many varieties and ways to eat almonds these days. While mine is smoked almonds and almond butter, my husband is freakishly enamored with cocoa dusted almonds. The common thread (beyond great taste) is that each is so easy to eat on-the-go... a plus for our busy family.
- Satisfyingly Crunchy -- Most people I know can easily polish off a bag of chips when they're craving a salty, crunchy snack. But as I've said before, cramming carbs in my face doesn't nothing from my waistline, nor does it help keep late day cravings away. Because almonds are protein-rich, they provide a much more satisfying crunchy snack experience (and with 20% fewer calories than we originally thought. How's that for good news?)
- Protein-Packed & Fiber-Rich -- As I said here, these are my two go-to attributes in foods that help fill me up, not out. And I'm not alone.
And as an added bonus, almonds are rich in a nutrient that I simply think doesn’t get the attention it deserves — magnesium. Almonds contribute 20% of the daily value for magnesium, which just happens to be the 2nd most plentiful mineral in your body and is involved in at least 300 chemical reactions (including for me personally I believe, the prevention of migraine.)
So grab a spoon, a handful or get ready to bookmark you're favorites… it’s time to #CrunchOn.
Banana Bowls with Almond Butter Caramel
1/2 cup California almond butter (mine was liquidy)
1/4 cup soft dates, pitted & mashed
1/4 cup California almond milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 bananas, sliced into 1/4"-1/2" slices
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Optional toppings: sea salt & raspberries
- In a bowl, combine almond butter, mashed dates, almond milk and honey. If your almond butter isn't liquidy, you will need to add more honey/milk.
- Heat a skillet with coconut oil over medium heat. Add banana slices and cook for ~2 minutes until bottoms are golden brown and crispy. Flip bananas to the other side and cook until golden brown and crispy.
- Divide coconut oil bananas between 4 bowls and top with a heavy drizzle of almond butter caramel, raspberries, sliced almonds and sea salt.
- Store any remaining almond butter caramel in the fridge and use it to top your morning bowl of oatmeal.
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