Sure, almonds are a go-to nutritious snack, since they’re loaded with healthy fats and protein. But they also lend themselves beautifully to tons of desserts, whether it be in the form of raw nuts, almond butter, almond flour, almond milk, almond paste or marzipan. Here are 35 almond desserts to try at home that make the most of their nutty flavor.
35 Almond Desserts That Are Equal Parts Nutty, Easy and Decadent
1. Caramel Almond Cake
2. Bite-size Almond Raspberry Spoon Cakes
Chalk their nuttiness up to almond flour and almond extract. Good luck stopping after just three cakes (heck, make it six).
3. Raspberry Glazed Almond Loaf
How gorgeous is that rosy pink glaze on top? All it takes is whisking confectioners’ sugar, raspberry jam and almond milk together until smooth.
4. Baked Pears With Maple Syrup And Almond Crumble
This autumn gem is destined for your Thanksgiving table. Luckily, the recipe only requires 35 minutes and a handful of pantry staples, so it won’t keep you from prepping the rest of your holiday menu.
5. Apricot And Frangipane Cake
6. No-bake Paleo Almond Butter Cookie Dough Bars
Because a diet should never stand between you and dessert. Here, almond butter is paired with honey, cocoa nibs and powdered gelatin to create an uncanny cookie dough alternative.
7. Almond Cake
Hailing from Berkeley, California’s beloved Chez Panisse Café, this cake is bound to wow all your dinner party guests. All the cake’s sugar is blitzed with almond paste before being incorporated into the batter.
8. Chocolate Coconut Almond Bars
9. Poached Apricots And Peaches With Toasted Almonds
The fruit is simmered in a cognac-spiked sugar syrup until it turns soft and tender. Serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or use it as a filling for a tart or pie.
10. 3-ingredient Paleo Almond Butter Cups
Psst: These poppable delights are no-bake. Simply freeze them between layers until they’re firm.
11. Sarah Copeland’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
We love a hands-off, dump-and-stir cookie dough. This take on the O.G. uses almond flour, which offers the cookies an earthy, nutty je ne sais quoi.
12. Gluten-free Blondies
Almond flour is a popular alternative to the all-purpose variety for gluten-free bakers. But don’t get it twisted: These blondies are just as chewy and decadent as those you’ve had before, thanks to brown butter and chocolate chips.
13. Cherry Almond Buckle
Sweet, buttery and loaded with brown sugar crumbles. Sour cream in the batter also guarantees that it turns out ridiculously moist.
14. Almond Cake With Pear And Polenta
Not only is the confection topped with sliced pears, but there’s also pear puree in the cake batter for extra fruitiness.
15. Raspberry Bars With Almonds
The crust is infused with almond extract, and it just so happens that tart, mouth-puckering raspberry jam is just the match for its buttery, nutty flavor.
16. Cranberry Almond Apple Pie
17. Almond Cookies
The nuttiness is strong with this one. Our favorite ingredient makes its way into these handhelds via three ingredients: almond flour, almond extract and sliced almonds.
18. Almond Rhubarb Muffins With Almond Streusel
Just like raspberries, rhubarb’s natural tartness is the ultimate foil for buttery almonds and brown sugar streusel.
19. Lemon Almond Pudding Cake
Never had pudding cake? It’s light and fluffy on top, sort of like soufflé, but rich and creamy on the bottom like pudding.
20. Fudgy Flourless Almond Butter Brownies
Gluten-free? Check. Dairy-free? Check. Decadent, chocolatey and rich? Heck yes.
21. Salted Chocolate Dipped Banana Almond Pops With Malted Coconut Honey
Once you try the malted honey topping made with almond milk, honey, coconut oil and malted milk powder, you’ll want to drizzle it on everything from ice cream to toast.
22. Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee
Yup, we’ll be making a batch for every single person on our Christmas list. We’re betting you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already to boot.
23. Chocolate Almond Puff Pastry Twists
Almond paste and store-bought puff pastry unite for one of the easiest, quickest baked goods of all time.
24. Strawberry Almond Cake
Instead of fussing over from-scratch strawberry jam or filling, all the recipe calls for is folding sliced strawberries into the batter.
25. Cherry-almond Biscotti
26. Almond Milk Ice Cream
Dairy-free dessert lovers rejoice. This take on banana “nice cream” is loaded with chopped almonds, almond butter and chocolate chips, but we’re betting toffee chips would make it even tastier.
27. Sweet Potato Pie With Almond Streusel
28. Almond Honey Cake With Strawberry Ripple Cream
This berry-topped beauty has summer dinner party written all over it. The cream is surprisingly tart too, thanks to crème fraîche.
29. Ricciarelli (italian Almond Cookies)
Studded with dried cherries and dusted in powdered sugar, all these cookies are missing is a side of warm espresso.
30. Almond Butter Coconut Macaroons
It doesn’t get simpler than six ingredients and a whirl in the food processor or blender.
31. Keto French Almond Cake
Monk fruit, almond flour and vanilla and almond extracts keep this cake low in carbs and sugar, yet sweet and flavorful.
32. Pumpkin Bread With Almond Streusel
33. Mixed Berry Almond Croissants
34. Raspberry Almond Buttermilk Scones
Pro tip: Chilling the cut scones for 15 minutes before baking them will keep them from spreading out too much in the oven.
35. Almond Strawberry Cake With Strawberry Buttercream
Prepare yourself for all the oohs and aahs—your guests will think you ordered this cake from a fancy local bakery.
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