I've been adding whole raw almonds to my yogurt instead of the almond butter to add more of a crunch and I love it.
Almonds have so many great healthy benefits.
"Although nuts are known to provide a variety of cardio-protective benefits, many avoid them for fear of weight gain. A prospective study published in the journal Obesity shows such fears are groundless. In fact, people who ate nuts at least twice a week were much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never ate nuts".
"Frequent nut consumption was associated with a reduced risk of weight gain (5 kg or more). These results support the recommendation of nut consumption as an important component of a cardioprotective diet and also allay fears of possible weight gain."
A Protein Powerhouse
"Almonds are concentrated in protein. A quarter-cup contains 7.62 grams-more protein than is provided by the typical egg, which contains 5.54 grams".
You can read more about why they are so good for you on the whfoods website. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20
I also tried throwing some almonds in my mini food processor and adding in some cocoa nibs.
It is good, but I like the whole almonds better.