You’ve undoubtedly noticed that many different fruits and nuts go really well together. Let’s take a look at fruits that go with almonds, as well as some suggestions on how to use them to their greatest potential.
These luscious berries pair beautifully with almonds, whether raw, or baked into desserts. They have complimentary textures and flavors, which are stunning as garnishes for chia pudding and smoothie bowls. Similarly, the berries’ tart juiciness is lovely combined with almonds’ crunch in muffins or cakes.
You’ve likely already had apples and almonds together (especially if you’re a fan of almond butter), so you know how awesome this pairing can be. Almonds are delicious, but can be quite dry… so combining them with crispy, juicy apples lets you celebrate both to their greatest potential.
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Bananas and almonds are a match made in flavor heaven. The former’s creamy sweetness provides a great contrast to crunchy almonds, and they can be used together in countless ways. Try adding chopped almonds (and chocolate!) to your next batch of banana bread, or garnish a banana smoothie bowl with toasted slivered almonds.
If you’ve never eaten cherries and almonds together, please make that a priority. Pretty please, with a cherry AND an almond on top. They work SO well together, it would be a crime not to eat them as a pair whenever possible. Try them together in any sweet dessert, like vegan cherry and almond brownies.
5. Mandarin Slices
One exceptional way to use sliced or slivered almonds is in winter salads, especially alongside citrus fruits. Get some hardy winter greens like spinach, arugula, endives, escarole, and radicchio. Toss these with a vinaigrette dressing, and top with sliced roasted beets, canned or fresh mandarin slices, and toasted almond slivers.
Peaches go well with almonds in just about anything. Have you ever made a gorgeous bowl of peaches and (vegan) cream oatmeal? Next time you do that, add some chopped toasted almonds on top. Or, try dried peaches and almonds together in homemade granola.
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Although plums have a totally different texture than peaches, they’re still stone fruits. As such, they naturally go beautifully with almonds. Try making a plum cobbler topped with almond crumble, or a plum-almond cake. Either would work well to celebrate these ingredients’ stellar partnership.
Dried cranberries and almonds work amazingly well together. Combine them in granola or snack mixes, or blend the two into baked goods like muffins or biscotti. Here’s a tip: double the almond quotient by replacing a small amount of flour with almond meal. This will add extra protein as well!
The next time you bake a pear tart (because you obviously do this often), top it with sliced or slivered almonds. Just like with apples, they complement the fruit’s natural sweetness and juiciness with crunchy delight.
Did you know that apricots and almonds are related? They’re both part of the Prunus (stone fruit) family, and just happen to go really well together. Try them paired together in apricot-almond cake, or mixed with quinoa for a high-protein salad.
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Strawberries go with almonds a few different ways: in sweet and savory dishes, as well as in smoothies. Try making strawberry-almond cake, top a spinach salad with toasted almonds and sliced strawberries, or make a super-amazing strawberry smoothie with almond milk.
Avocados can be enjoyed in savory or sweet dishes, and they go with almonds either way. If you like creamy, sweet dishes like avocado pudding or smoothie bowls, top them with almonds for crunch + protein. Alternatively, if you prefer your avocado in salty/savory meals, add some toasted almond slices to a burrito or protein bowl to compliment the creaminess.
13. Goji Berries
Almonds and goji berries together are absolute poetry. They offer a wide range of antioxidants and nutrients, and are stunningly delicious together. Use them in homemade energy bars, power bites, or granola.
Most people forget that olives are fruits, since they’re brined and salted rather than being sweet. One great thing about olives (especially the larger varieties) is that they can be stuffed with all manner of delicious morsels. Like garlic cloves. Or in this case, almonds.
The next time you find yourself at a deli, or a supermarket that has a good olive/antipasto section, get yourself some almond-stuffed olives. They combine the best of both worlds, as the olives have a juicy, chewy texture that juxtaposes beautifully against almonds’ crunch.
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If you’re going to try figs and almonds as a combination, aim for textures that compliment one another rather than competing. For example, rather than choosing dry figs to go with dry almonds, try to get fresh figs instead. Their lush, creamy sweetness will go wonderfully with toasted almonds, whether they’re salted or unsalted.
There are few combinations that are quite as tasty as raisins and almonds. Better still, this combo creates an ideal mix of protein, fiber, vitamin C, an almost-full range of B vitamins, calcium, and iron. Take a container of raisins and almonds to the gym as a healthy post-workout snack, or add them to your morning granola to help jump-start your day.
As you can see, there are several spectacular fruits that go with almonds. Try out different combos to see which flavor and texture mixes you like best, and don’t be afraid to get creative! You may be pleasantly surprised.