Almonds are native to the Middle East; they do best in warm, dry climates whose winters are mild. Almond trees began to be cultivated around 4,000 BC on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Travelers going between Asia and the Mediterranean along the Silk Road often snacked on almonds, and eventually trees began to grow in the area. They eventually spread into Europe in Spain and Italy.
Almonds are known to be healthy for you because they are filled with fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium, and may even help fight heart disease. The ancient Egyptians even placed almonds in King Tut’s tomb for nourishment in the after life in 1352 BC.
The US FDA says, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Almonds came to the United States in the 1700s on the trade ship owned by Franiscan Padres, but they quickly died. It wasn’t until the 1850s when almond trees began to be farmed in California, which had the right kind of climate.
Almonds have a wide variety of symbols. According to the Bible, they are divine religious symbol. The early Romans used them as fertivility charms and were given at weddings. Today they are shared at American weddings as a sign of happiness, good fortune, and wealth.
Did you know that almonds aren’t just for eating? They can be made into almond milk or even used as an oil or lotion for your skin. Almonds are also made into shampoo and conditioner.
Ideas for National Almond Day
Here are some delicious almond recipes for you try out today!
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Learn how to make activated almonds on National Almond Day with this recipe to get them more nutritious with extra health benefits. Soak almonds in water to start sprouting, and eat delicious crispy nuts as a health food snack. Dehydrate nuts soaked in water further for longer shelf life.
In this post for National Almond Day, you’ll learn how to blanch almonds and make almond flour out of them in a short time. You can learn how to dry almonds quickly as well if you need to use them immediately.
This dairy-free almond milk ice cream recipe is made with just 4 simple ingredients. It is super refreshing and has a deliciously creamy texture you'll love on National Almond Day. It is also low in fat, sugar free and dairy-free.
Use up leftover almond pulp on National Almond Day from making almond milk and repurpose it into these easy vegan almond pulp crackers flavored with simple herbs and spices. Gluten-free and paleo approved.
Rich, smooth, nutty, and irresistible, homemade almond butter is easy to make at home! Learn how to make almond butter yourself on National Almond Day. You’ll save money and have total control over the final product.
Vibrant French style green beans tossed with brown butter, toasty almonds (that’s where almondine comes from), shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon to brighten it in the end. The perfect side dish for National Almond Day.
These almond paste cookies, German Mandelhörnchen or almond horns, are almond-flavored cookies that are dipped in chocolate. They’re dense, chewy and can be made weeks ahead of time to enjoy on National Almond Day! They can be made with or without almond paste and with or without a food processor.
Almond Pesto is a fun and flavorful twist on the classic for National Almond Day! Keeping the basil of the traditional version, but swapping in toasted almonds for pine nuts, and pecorino cheese for parmesan. Creamy, tangy, and lightly smoky it's a must try for pesto lovers.
Tarta de Santiago is an almond cake from Spain that couldn't be easier to make. It's naturally gluten free, with a little brightness from lemon and lovely sweet, soft texture. Great for National Almond Day coffee time or dessert.
You’re gonna fall in love with this deliciously irresistible gourmet treat: Churro Almonds! Sweet-Savory Caramelized Vanilla Cinnamon Almonds. Makes great homemade National Almond Day food gifts if they do make it to the gifting stage!
These Blueberry Almond Danishes are the perfect blend of sweet blueberry, flaky puff pastry and smooth almond to enjoy on National Almond Day. The swirled pastry design makes these look impressive and like they came straight from a bakery! A few easy steps to make the swirled pastry, then fill with the homemade blueberry almond compote and top with toasted almonds.
Warning, this Spicy Roasted Almonds Recipe is healthy, delicious, and highly addicting! Roasted almonds only take around 20 minutes to prepare and are the perfect on-the-go snack on National Almond Day! They're also a great addition to charcuterie boards.
These almond flour brownies are the best for National Almond Day! They have a gooey chocolaty center and slightly chewy edges. These homemade brownies contain loads of chocolate and tons of flavor. They are naturally grain free and gluten free!
This creamy iced almond milk latte is easy to make in 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients. Espresso sweetened with a dash of maple syrup and sugar. Then topped with creamy, frothed almond milk and served in a glass filled with ice. A refreshing, completely vegan iced latte drink that is perfect for National Almond Day.
These irresistible Cherry Almond Florentine Cookies are crunchy confection National Almond Day treats marrying nuts and cherries with caramel and chocolate. With or without a chocolate layer, the recipe is easy, versatile and so are the ingredients.
These Flourless Almond Cookies from Spain are almost too good to be true. They're gluten free, dairy free, and they take just 4 ingredients and 25 minutes to make. And they're totally delicious and perfect for National Almond Day.
These Easy Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Truffles with Almonds and Dark Chocolate are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and perfect for a healthy National Almond Day treat! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & low carb, they are easy to adapt for vegan and low FODMAP diets too!
Start your National Almond Day morning off on a sweet and tangy note with these delicious lemon almond scones. Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and topped with lemon glaze and a sprinkle of slivered toasted almonds, these lemon scones are the perfect balance of zesty and nutty flavors. This easy scone recipe will be ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for a quick breakfast or as a sweet treat with your afternoon tea.
Mini Clementine and Almond Cakes are a delicious and easy to make treat. Perfect for National Almond Day or any occasion, these cakes are light, fluffy and full of flavor. Made with fresh clementines, almonds and cream, they are sure to please everyone. So preheat your oven and get ready to enjoy these little bites of heaven!
This Almond and Orange Gelato combines zesty and juicy with toasty and nutty to create a surprisingly comforting, yet remarkable frozen treat for National Almond Day. It will charm your taste buds at the first spoonful.
The Best Homemade Almond Toffee Recipe! This almond toffee is made from scratch with 8 ingredients, and is the most delicious National Almond Day treat, perfect to give as gifts to neighbors and friends! Learn how to make toffee with these step-by-step photos and video!
This delicious Almond Plum Cake tastes like a cross between cake and fruit cobbler and is perfect for National Almond Day. Thanks to soft roasted plums, almond paste, and a generous amount of Amaretto liquor, the texture of this cake is so moist it's almost a fruit cobbler.
Almond Picada Pesto Spaghetti gives the regular vegan pesto pasta a whole new flavor! This healthy spaghetti sauce recipe inspired by Spanish cuisine makes a great vegan pasta sauce! Give your regular spaghetti a delicious twist on National Almond Day by making vegan picada pesto with no cheese.
If you love zucchini bread, you’ve gotta try this decadent Almond Joy Zucchini Cake! It’s moist and tender, and full of the almond, coconut and chocolate flavors you love in Almond Joy candy bars! Nutritious enough for an afternoon snack on National Almond Day, but indulgent enough for dessert!
Crusted Salmon is a dish that typically consists of a salmon fillet that is coated in a mixture of sesame seeds, almonds, and other seasonings, and then cooked. Give it a try for National Almond Day dinner.
Spaghetti Squash with Garlic & Almonds combines Jarlsberg, almonds, and garlic for a delicate crunch and rich, nutty depth in this light and easy spaghetti squash recipe you can make on National Almond Day.
Chocolate Covered Dates with Almonds is a super delicious and fun dessert that you can make in less than 20 minutes. This delicious and healthy snack is also vegan and gluten-free! The perfect guilt-free indulgence for National Almond Day.
Air Fryer Almond Crusted Chicken is a delicious dinner recipe and a great way please the whole family on National Almond Day. Tender, juicy butterflied chicken breasts with a nice crispy crust makes for the perfect protein choice!
This fluffy, sweet Vegan Italian Pear Almond Cake is infused with a nutty almond flavor, a delicious hint of cinnamon, and topped with in-season juicy pear slices. This is the perfect cake to nibble on for National Almond Day in the morning with a cup of coffee or to eat in the evening with a nightcap.