By Kathy Patalsky and Kara Parnell Who knew the humble almond could be so important? Almonds are loaded with healthy vitamins and nutrients, and the list of health benefits is impressive: - Almonds contain healthy monounsaturated fats which are known to lower the risk of heart disease. - Almonds are an amazing source of magnesium, which is an important contributor to heart health. -Almonds offer us essential minerals like manganese and copper, which help give us energy. -Almonds are packed full of protein. -Almonds are loaded with Vitamin E and flavonoids. Eating almonds for their nutritional benefits is a no brainer. However, not only are they incredibly healthy for us, but they are so versatile, culinary, and so delicious, that it takes very little thought or effort to add almonds to the shopping list, and to our menus. This recipe for Cinna-Maple-Coconut Almond Butter, offers all the health benefits of almonds, in one easy to make, insanely delicious nut butter. The classic flavor combinations of cinnamon and maple, get a tropical boost with a touch of coconut. This creamy, flavorful spread is a perfect dip for apples, and an amazing topping for toast.