I don’t know if anyone else’s mother is like mine, but she is always concerned if I have eaten enough or not. Most times when I head home to visit my parents, my mom immediately starts telling me that I have dark circles under my eyes because I am not taking care of myself and exercising/eating healthy. To be honest, the real reason is half because my eye liner runs after a busy day and half because of work stress. I am also known to get “Hangry.” Hangry- angry or cranky due to hunger. Because of this, my mom likes to supply me with big bags of almonds— and I’m talking BIG (around 5 pounds) so that I don’t have any excuses to not have food on hand with me at all times. In the past, I’ve split these bags up and stored them in my cupboards, put some in my purse, some in the freezer, and always a bag in the car.
Mom knows best– Almonds are a significant source of protein and fiber while also being low in sugar. About 23-26 almonds contains about 13 grams of healthy unsaturated fats. These precious little nuts are also high in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
You must be thinking– Where does Koko (my mom) find all of these almonds? Fun fact– Almonds are a major crop here in California, and my mom goes directly to the farmers to buy large batches in bulk, get the freshest almonds at the best price, and support her local farmers.
That all being said– let me tell you- with that many almonds around all the time, you can get kind of bored with them. I decided to pull my larger bag out of the freezer and get creative using my 16- Cup Cuisinart Food Processor and try my hand at making almond butter.