If you’ve been around Whole New Mom for awhile, you know that almonds are a bit of a favorite topic around here.
Truly, they are one of my family’s favorite foods.
So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I heard from a friend that:
- there are no truly raw almonds grown and sold in the U.S. in stores
- many other almonds sold in the U.S. are sprayed with engine fuel to pasteurize them.
Yes, I said engine fuel. You can read, “Is there Engine Fuel on Your Almonds?” for more icky information.
Anyway, once I found out about that it really is true that there is often Engine Fuel on almonds, I started on a hunt for raw almonds.
Really raw almonds.
I found some, but the catch is that you can only buy them direct from a farmer to get around the FDA. I’ve bought from one source for several years and we get them just after the almond harvest in the fall.
A lot of readers have been asking me about getting on the list for our fall raw almond buy, but others are not concerned about whether or not their almonds are raw.
They just don’t want them to have engine fuel on them .
Well, I now have a fabulous source for you if what you are looking for it almonds that don’t have PPO (engine fuel) on them!
I contacted a number of almond companies to find one that would like to work with me and found Just Almonds.
They have a nice variety of almond products to choose from and I got to sample a good number of them.
And boy oh boy, are they good!
Now, I didn’t even know that there were different classifications of almonds, but there are. And there is a taste difference!!
- Their Non Pareil almonds are so sweet that you might be tempted to eat them right out of the bag (but you now you really should Soak and Dry Your Almonds, right? They taste even better that way! We ate them plain but I also made some Homemade Almond Butter from them. It was sooo good. My youngest noticed how much sweeter the almond butter tasted than our regular almond butter. And my husband asked what I had done differently to make the almond butter so sweet .
- Their Carmel almonds are not quite as sweet, but still superior to many other brands that I have tried.
- Their Blanched Almond Flour is WONDERFUL!! I made some grain free cut out / roll out cookies with it and they were amazing!! Somehow they even tasted almost lemony. They were gone super fast and my son was asking me again today if I’d make them again (I’ll post the recipe as soon as I can–promise!)
- They have a number of other almond products as well. All of them are wonderful (well, I only tried about 6, but those were all great !)
Just Almonds has graciously offered 5 pounds of Almonds or Almond Flour to one of my lucky readers.
And whether you win or not, you can get 10% off your order with the code WNM. This code is good through this week and as long as you see the Just Almonds ad in my sidebar.
How to enter:
1. First, make sure that you are subscribed to my email blog feed. This is mandatory for entering! I don’t mean to be “demanding”, but I really want to reward loyal readers with nice goodies like this. And believe me, I’ve got some really great giveaways lined up so it’s worth it to stay connected here!
- In the Rafflecopter Giveaway Widget, where it talks about my email feed, just state that you’ve “done it”.
- Make sure that you enter the contest with the email address that my feed is being sent to. Otherwise, I can’t tell that you’ve subscribed!
- Here’s how to subscribe if you haven’t already:
2. Second, click on the following link and let me know in the Rafflecopter Widget that you’ve left a comment telling me one thing from the book that you didn’t know about almond flour. Once I publish my recipe for Grain free Cut Out / Roll Out Cookies, you’ll have one great idea about how to use this flour. And I’m sure I’ll be offering more great ideas in the future. But for more delectable almond flour recipes, check out this Almond Flour cookbook by Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry. I haven’t bought it yet, but it looks like a good one.
This entry is mandatory!
The contest will be open until 12:01 am on 6/20/12 and I will announce the winner shortly thereafter.
To read more about almonds and what you can do with them, please read my posts on the following:
- How and Why to Soak and Dehydrate Nuts and Seeds
- Homemade Nut and Seed Butter
- Seasoned Nuts and Seeds
- Healthy Almond Joy
- Easiest Almond Milk Ever!
- Chocolate / Carob Silk Pie with Almond Crust
And make sure you send some Almond Love to Just Almonds - my sponsor this month! Remember – 10% off all orders of delicious, super sweet almonds and amazing almond flour this month!
I was provided with some great almond and almond flour samples from Just Almonds for my review. Of course, my opinions are still completely mine and I wouldn’t be saying that I really enjoyed them if I didn’t .
This post contains affiliate links. My disclaimer is here.
Shared at The Thrifty Home, Crystal and Co., Women Living Well, The Stuff of Success, Sew Much Ado, Sugar and Dots, Raising Homemakers, This Chick Cooks, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, The Trendy Treehouse, Beyond the Peel, Day 2 Day Joys, Frugally Sustainable, We Are that Family, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Momnivore’s Dilemma, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Little Natural Cottage, You Are Talking too Much, Jembellish, C.R.A.F.T., The DIY HSHP, Keeping it Simple, Mom’s the Word, The Better Mom, The Healthy Home Economist, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Far Above Rubies, Real Food Forager, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, Naptime Creations, Mrs. Dull’s Scratch Cooking, Coastal Charm, Cooking Traditional Foods, Tip Junkie, Premeditated Leftovers, Thankful Homemaker, Chef in Training, and Deep Roots at Home.