Fresh Fava Bean & Almond Spread

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
20 min 20 min 8
Fresh Fava Bean & Almond Spread
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1 cup Broad beans (fava beans), raw (shelled and skinned, fresh)
1/4 cup Almonds, toasted (a handful, roasted and chopped)
1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
3 clove(s) Garlic (2-3 cloves)
1 tsp, ground Basil, dried
1 pinch Salt


If you are using fresh fava beans:

First shell the beans. Bring a bit pot of salted water to boil, drop the cleaned bans into it and let it simmer for a minute. Darin the water and immediately put it into a big bowl full of ice cold water to stop it from cooking further. Now peel each one of the beans to reveal the beautiful green inner bean. Discard the outer peel. Now your lava beans are ready to cook.

In a small pan, heat the olive oil Add the garlic and fry for a minute. Now add the almonds, fava beans, herbs and salt. Stir fry for a couple of minutes. Turn off the flame and let it cool.

Blend the bean mixture till creamy or coarsely done adding as much water as needed. I have left mine a little chunky as I liked the idea of biting into small pieces of beans and almonds. You can also blend it till creamy and stir-in small pieces of almonds for crunch. Taste the spree and season it with more salt if needed.

Serve toped with some extra olive oil and almonds.


I think you can make the same spread with many other fresh beans or even peas.

You can replace the fresh fava beans with frozen.

Increase the amount of olive oil for a silkier spread.

Use fresh basil if you have on hand. It’ll make the spread look a greener.

You can use cashew nuts instead of almonds

This spread stays well for unto a week in a airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 104
Calories from fat 39
Calories from saturated fat 4.1
Total Fat 4.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 23.3 mg
Potassium 235 mg
Total Carbohydrate 12.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 1.3 g
Protein 6.0 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Meat Alternative 0.6
Vegetables 0.6

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