Prepare a Delicious and Healthy Homemade Almond Nougat
So, in today’s post, we’d like to suggest making a homemade Spanish nougat with almonds that’s free of sugar and hydrogenated fats. Learn how to make this nougat, and learn about its nutritive properties and health benefits.
Can we make a healthy Spanish nougat?
These nougats aren’t very healthy because they often contain loads of sugar and harmful fats such as margarine and hydrogenated fats. On the other hand, nuts are healthy and well-rounded foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fatty acids and fiber.
To make this homemade nougat, it would be a good idea to eliminate the unhealthy fats and replacing them with extra virgin coconut oil, which is a nutritious ingredient. You should also not use sugar and replace it with stevia, which it’s a natural sweetener with zero calories.
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Almonds are a healthy food that are rich in vegetable protein, healthy fats and fiber. They also contain a good amount of calcium, which makes them an excellent alternative for milk to prevent osteoporosis. This nut also helps balance your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which is a good remedy for preventing cardiovascular disease.
This homemade almond nougat is perfect for children, athletes, including pregnant women and nursing moms because it helps with milk production.
Coconut oil is a healthy fat source that’s becoming more and more common because it doesn’t cause weight gain. Instead, it helps you boost the metabolism, lose weight efficiently and reduce fat around the waist area.
Apart from being an antioxidant, this vegetable oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins E and K. Likewise, you can use coconut oil to cook without making any changes to the dish. This is why coconut oil is one of the best fats to cook with, including olive oil.
Coconut oil is great in any kind of beauty treatment, whether being used to nourish your skin and hair, or even as a natural and inexpensive toothpaste.
Stevia is a plant from Paraguay, where it’s was used as a healing remedy for a variety of medical conditions since ancient times. It was also used as a natural sweetener for beverages. Stevia helps regulate blood sugar levels, which makes it healthy for diabetics and for people who have a sweet tooth.
This plant is great for our gums as well. Stevia also slightly lowers blood pressure and boosts your defenses to protect you from all kinds of diseases. If you can’t find it, try using brown cane sugar, honey or agave syrup.
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Homemade Spanish almond nougat
To make this soft Spanish nougat, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 300 g ground almonds.
- 4 tablespoons (56 g) extra virgin coconut oil.
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) refined liquid stevia.
There are two kinds of stevia in health-food stores: clear, refined stevia that doesn’t have any flavor or medicinal properties, and a darker, thicker stevia. The last one is a healing remedy with a strong flavor similar to licorice.
In order to cook it, we’ll always use the refined version because its unrefined counterpart would change the flavors of the recipe. Pure stevia is great for medicinal teas. Both kinds are free of calories.
To make this recipe, you’ll need to do the following steps:
- If the temperature of the coconut oil is lower than 25°C, the oil will solidify. So, we’ll need to melt the oil over a double boiler or in the microwave. Don’t boil it or it will lose its nutritional value.
- Once the oil is in a liquid state, mix it with the liquid stevia.
- Afterwards, add in the ground almonds. You can use a spoon or clean hands to mix it.
- When you have a well-mixed paste, put the mixture into a silicone mold or a shallow baking tray.
- Cover with plastic film and cool in the refrigerator. The coconut oil will solidify and bring the entire nougat together.
- After one hour of cooling, the nougat will be ready to serve.