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Walnut Day

We all have our day. A day to celebrate you. Whether it's your birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, there is a day to celebrate you. There are also a million days to celebrate things. Pizza lover's day, Donut Day, Puppy Day, well today is National Walnut Day.


Today is a day to celebrate walnuts. I may be Almond Girl Jenny, but walnuts are a close second in my nut heart. My Dad is a walnut grower and I grew up surrounded by walnuts just as much as I grew up surrounded by almonds. Walnuts are my favorite baking nut. There is just something about banana nut bread that makes me happy.


Walnuts also make me healthy. They are a healthy punch of protein, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, and healthy carbohydrates. Who knew one nut could have so many health benefits?


But did you also know that walnuts are the only nut that has any significant omega 3's? Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that is a plant based food source and walnu…

Almond Snickers Rice Krispies

Let me just tell you right now, these are so good and quite addicting! But so so so worth every bite. It's the beginning of holiday sweet tooth season, so you will want to add these to your recipe list.


Like most people out there on social media, my Facebook feed is often times overrun with recipe videos of the most delicious looking, oh so bad for you yumminess. Well a few weeks ago I saw Snickers Rice Krispies come across and they looked pretty good, then about a week later I saw them again and saved the recipe. Well Facebook is evil and when you save a video, it likes to remind you again and again of your saved video. After Facebook made me look at this video over and over again, I knew they had me hooked and I had to try it. I should just call this post, Facebook made me do it!


I will blame Facebook, but I did also think instantly of my almond farmer husband when I saw this recipe. He LOVES snickers. Like I find a few snickers wrappers a week in his truck. I bought Halloween candy and he automatically takes all the snickers out of the bowl for himself. I knew he would love this recipe, so I knew I had to make it for him.








The original videos I watched for this recipe had peanuts, which is what snickers uses after all. Peanuts though! Peanuts are a forbidden ingredient in my house. I do not buy them, I do not own them, I do not eat them. Nothing against peanut farmers, but I have a pretty good supply of almonds and walnuts. So why would I buy and eat a competitor nut? Well actually peanuts are a legume, not a nut, but you get my point. When I see peanuts on a recipe, I pretty much know I can substitute almonds and it will turn out like 100 times better. And guess what, they are still AMAZING!!!




The recipe is pretty easy and doesn't involve cooking really so it is a good one to try when looking for an easy dessert to bring to a party. In fact, I plan on bringing these to an end of harvest lunch we are hosting at the farm this weekend. That is if my husband doesn't eat them all before then. The only thing I had to cook was the melting the butter and marshmallows on the stove. Easy peasy!



The hardest thing about this recipe, those caramel squares. I seriously unwrapped over 50 caramel squares. That was so annoying! I understand if they don't wrap them individually they would all stick together in the package, but someone please come up with a different way to sell caramel.



The steps are pretty easy, make rice krispies, cut up almonds, melt caramel, melt chocolate, eat and enjoy! I did of course try a little something special on this batch and sprinkle a few extra almonds on top, this is an optional step for those almond lovers. I hope you all try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we did. The only problem will be trying to keep my husband away from them so I can bring them to the party this weekend!





Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny



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