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Awesome Almonds Review

by Meghann on March 30, 2009

The generous people at Dr. Lankin’s Awesome Almonds were kind enough to send me a few packages of their Awesome Almonds to sample and review for the blog. As a big fan of candied almonds I jumped at the chance to test out the healthier version of the typically bad for you mall kiosk sweet treat.

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According to an Awesome Almonds press release:

Awesome Almonds come in three flavors: Cinnamon-Vanilla, Orange-Vanilla, and Cocoa-Java, using only all-natural ingredients and no added cooking oils. Awesome Almonds are kosher, gluten free, and vegan-certified (no animal-derived ingredients). Awesome Almonds are packaged in 2 oz pouch bags and are sold at specialty and natural food stores and included in upscale gift baskets, especially those with a wellness or health theme.

I was also happy to read that these treats contain:

  • All natural ingredients: almonds, pure beet sugar, real vanilla extract, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee and orange juice.
  • No Salt
  • No added fats or artificial preservatives.
  • No partially hydrogenated oils.
  • No trans fat.
  • No artificial colors.
  • No Cholesterol

Sounds good to me!

I taste tested all three flavors during my snack today.

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First up with the Orange-Vanilla Awesome Almonds.

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I love how on the ingredient list it actually says Orange Juice and Orange Extract instead of simply stating ‘Orange Flavorings’

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The Orange-Vanilla was awesome! Very sweet, but with a nice crunch and you could really taste the orange and vanilla flavors shine through. This one was also a favorite of my supervisor as well. This nut would make a great addition to a Mandarin Salad or even a great breading for Chicken, crushed up with some added orange zest to infuse the flavors even further.

Second was the Java-Chocolate.

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Again a pure ingredient list that contains Cocoa and Coffee.

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Oddly enough, this one was not as sweet as the Orange-Vanilla and had a much more subtle flavor to it. Out of all them, this was my Supervisor’s least favorite, but another co-worker found it to be her favorite. The light cocoa flavor was present, but I did not get too much coffee or java flavor. This would make a great dessert addition, maybe crushed up on top of some Ice Cream.

Last was the Cinnamon-Vanilla.

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Again, very sweet as the Orange-Vanilla, but not too much of a cinnamon flavor to it. This one could have just been called vanilla. Still a very good nut, just not a cinnamon nut. This one seemed to be a middle ground nut for everyone, nothing too spectacular, but nothing wrong with it. I think I am going to experiment with this nut as an addition to my morning breakfast. It would compliment my vanilla yogurt perfectly. In fact I wish I had some yogurt right now to test it out on. These would even make a great addition of a Chicken Salad Sandwich, providing it with a nice sweet crunch to gad to the sweet & savory combo I enjoy so much.

Overall I enjoyed all of the nuts, and look at them as a great alternative for satisfying your sweet tooth while gaining all the heart healthy benefits of the almond. I wonder what would happen if I tried to make a homemade almond butter out of these nuts? Hmmm…. The idea wheels are definitely turning.

If I had any complaint at all, I would say the sugar content is a tad high, but I guess when you basically replicating candied almonds, that’s too be expected. I am also sad that they have 2 servings in one bag at 170 calories a serving. Do you know how hard it is to stop yourself from eating the whole bag? After I finished my samples I had to seal the bags and hide them from myself otherwise I could have easily finished off every nut left in front of me.

In the end the Awesome Almonds, were plain Awesome.. it’s really as simple as that. 🙂

Please check out the Awesome Almonds website to order some sweet treats of your own or you can find a store near you.

Lunch today involved some left overs I stole from my parent’s place yesterday.

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I had an open faced Sandwich on a Whole Wheat English Muffin with the Black Bean & Chickpea dip, Spinach, Mushrooms, Sprouts and Tomato as the inside out filling.

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I really liked the dip as a sandwich spread. The flavors are so great, you will be seeing this dip incorporated into a lot of meals this week. 🙂

On the side I had some fresh Watermelon and left over Black Bean & Corn Salad.

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I really love my Dad’s Black Bean salad. I always forget it exist, I am sure I can easily get away with making a single serving portion on my own some time.

Baker’s Spotlight…

Today I present to you another baker with a personal connection to Team in Training and the Leukemia & Lyphoma Society. Meaghen, a newbie blogger of Live. Love. Laugh. Eat. Learn, had this to say when she e-mailed me, volunteering to bake for the Blogging Bake Sale.

I think it’s so wonderful that you’re doing this TNT marathon. My mom has non-hodgkins lymphona. She was diagnosed almost 10 years ago now and was told she was going die, but she’s still here as strong as ever. She has now gone back to university to get a degree in Pyschology and plans on starting her Masters next year and become a therapist. TNT is a gerat cause that really does help saves lives, like my mom’s! I would love to help any way I can.

1 Marissa March 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Yum! Black bean salads always taste better a couple days later

2 Sara March 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Those nuts sound great. I think I’d like the cinnamon vanilla the best.

3 Brandi March 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm

these baker spotlights are great.

those almonds sound really good! i bet they would make really good almond butter.

4 VeggieGirl March 30, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I’M ALL OVER THOSE ORANGE-VANILLA ALMONDS!! Holy yum.

ANother great lunch AND baker’s spotlight!!

5 shelby March 30, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Those sounds amazing! I bet it would make fantastic nut butter!

6 Matt March 30, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I say go for the almond butter! That would be epic!

7 Danielle March 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Those sound soo good! Those orange vanilla almonds would definitely be my favorite one to try!

8 Sarah March 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Leftover lunch lady strikes again!!! Love it!

9 Sharon March 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Oh wow, super delicious!!!

10 Bec March 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

i love that they are called awesome almonds!

11 healthy ashley March 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I think these almonds were made for me! I love the kiosk treats!

12 runningwithin March 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Those Orange flavored almonds sound amazing! I’m the same way when it comes to wanting to eat the whole bag, what helps is to just preportion the bag into little baggies so you can grab it easily and you won’t be tempted to eat the whole bag or steal from the other portions. I do this with dried fruit and trail mix.

13 runsarah March 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Your lunch is so nice and colourful! I like the idea of open face sandwich allowing to pile on way more veg!

14 lisaheartspizza March 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I had to stare at your sammy pic for a good second to try and figure out what was on top!! I haven’t seen yellow tomatoes in a while. Corn and black bean salad is one of my most favorite things! Reminds me of summer with fresh corn, but maybe i’ll have to use some frozen and make it tonight! YUM

15 Leah March 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

They look so good!

Great lookin’ lunch!

16 bobbi March 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm

oooo I want to try these!

17 Niki March 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Your lunch looks so good! What a great idea for open faced sandwiches on an english muffin! Will have to make one very soon!

18 ksgoodeats March 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Those almonds sound good to me 🙂 Thanks for the review!

19 Meg March 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I’m such a dork. I was so excited to see my bake sale spot light today!!! Thanks Meghann!

20 NAOmni March 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Mmmm vegan…they look amazing!

NAOmni

21 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) April 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

I have the cocoa almonds in my oatmeal right now! They are so great stirred into oats or yogurt/cottage cheese because the coating dissolves and flavors what it’s in! No other sweeteners necessary. 🙂

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