Almonds have been used for centuries in both sweet and savoury dishes, not just for their taste, but also for their nutritional content.
Found along Mediterranean coastlines, the wild-growing almond tree is a double-edged sword, producing hydrogen cyanide with can be deadly after crushing or chewing.
The sweet almond tree is a safer, genetic mutation that humans have cultivated over generations, with settlers bringing the tree to the Americas in the 1840s. California’s climate is perfect to grow them commercially, and today the Golden State grows 70% of the world’s almonds.
Almonds in cooking
Like all nuts, almonds can be eaten raw, but when used in a recipe, they transform the ingredients around them!
There are one thousand and one ways to use almonds in cooking, including whole, sliced, and ground. They can be made into almond flour, almond butter and almond milk, and can be used in sweet and savoury dishes. And of course, our delicious cooking oil!
Blanched almonds are quite popular while roasted almonds are a favourite dish throughout the world. The slightly sweet flavour of almonds and distinct crunch add memorable flavour to desserts, salads, main dishes, and even candy.
Eaten whole on the side, or ground up and sprinkled over ice cream, once you start using almonds in your recipes, it will be hard to stop!
Baking with sweet almond oil
Baking with sweet almond oil is a great choice. It has become an essential ingredient in French and Italian baking, offering versatility in many recipes, and it is also excellent as a base for dressings and marinades.
Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, fibre, and protein, and are generally considered the most nutrient-packed of the tree nuts containing as much calcium as milk.
Full of nutrients and monounsaturated fatty acids, almond oil can increase the levels of good cholesterol and lower the levels of bad.
With a unique, delicious taste and multiple health benefits, it’s not hard to see why almonds are so highly regarded in culinary circles.
3 Desserts to try with our sweet almond oil
Coconut Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing
This recipe is perfect for afternoon tea or when you have guests over. And by the way, the coconut goes great with a nice, dark coffee! Check out the full recipe here.
This banana loaf is a winner, always perfect. Quick, easy and just delicious, moist and divine. Check out our recipe here.
Vegan Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns
We think everybody should be able to enjoy freshly baked hot cross buns, so we’ve created a vegan and gluten-free recipe.
Olivado’s sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil is something different to try in your baking.
Whether it’s something simple like cupcakes or perhaps a recipe that’s a little more complicated, the unique flavour will turn a familiar dish into something new and exciting!
A light, golden oil with an almond flavour, our cold-pressed Sweet Almond Oil preserves all the goodness of raw almonds, particularly the high Vitamin E content, that’s so important for skin care.
It contains no trans fats, additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients, and of course, comes with the Olivado goodness guarantee.
We would love to see your home baking using our oils or hear what you thought of the “little something special” almond oil brings to the table.
And, as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.