Flavorful & Functional Snacking

December 17th, 2021

Functional Nutrition Series

Learn how almonds can improve your snack formulations via: 

  • Added taste and texture 
  • A simpler label 
  • Well-rounded nutritional benefits 

If you want to create a snack product that consumers really crave, you need to get the flavor and texture just right. You’ll also need to address health and wellness concerns because products not only need to taste great, they also should offer added nutritional benefits from clean-label ingredients.

Versatile plant-based ingredients are one way to deliver winning snack products that are both flavorful and functional. Here are three ways that almonds can help you achieve the best of both worlds:

  1. Improving taste and texture


When it comes to overcoming taste and texture challenges in plant-based formulations, almond ingredients offer several advantages. Almond protein delivers a non-dairy base with a smooth mouthfeel and clean taste, and it helps dilute earthy and beany notes when used in protein blends or alternative dairy products. Almond flour retains moisture better than wheat flour, helping to improve taste and texture in gluten-free or better-for-you bakery products.

Almonds in their traditional forms, including whole, sliced and diced, can also help improve visual appeal, taste and texture. When used as an inclusion or topping, almonds add a delicious crunch factor and a "healthy halo," contributing to a more premium perception.

  1. Meeting demand for simpler ingredients and cleaner labels


Recognizable ingredients are one of the main differentiators consumers use to identify a healthier product. Not only are almonds simple and recognized by consumers as a powerful superfood, ingredients like almond protein powder can reduce the need for additional flavor and texture masking agents in protein formulations, making for a simpler label.

  1. Delivering well-rounded nutritional benefits


While indulgence continues to be a motivator for snack purchases, consumers are looking for a guilt-free way to enjoy treats, thanks to functional, healthy ingredients. Immunity, gut health, and added protein are some of the most popular benefits consumers want. Almond flour and almond protein powder will help you increase the amount of fiber in bakery and bar applications. Additionally, almonds in their more traditional forms (sliced, split, diced and slivered) are ideal for adding protein, fiber and calcium when used as an inclusion or topping in snacks and baked goods.

Want to learn more? Experts at our Almond Innovation Center can help you develop creative new ways to use almonds in better-for-you innovations and identify the right almond forms for your application needs. For more information on almond ingredients and applications, contact us today.

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