How Do I Roast Almonds?

How Do I Roast Almonds?

April 22, 2017   4 Comments

How do you roast almonds? It is pretty simple and can turn a boring snack into something far more exciting.

I love roasting nuts – I have a bunch of roasted walnut recipes and a very popular smoky roasted chickpeas recipe – which is almost like a nut.

Roasting and flavoring almonds rather than buying them already salted allows you to decrease the amount of salt and make them your own.

This recipe calls for almonds and not raw almonds because the plain almonds (no flavorings) you see in the bulk section are roasted already. But, you can roast them at home to make them crunchier and tastier.

The packaging just says “almonds” not raw almonds – and that is what you are looking for. I bought these at Costco which has great prices for bulk nuts.

The nuts also taste fresher and have a better crunch when you make them yourself. This method isn’t hard at all and will save you money. All you do is spread out the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly browned.

Then you can leave them naked or add some flavoring agents. I added a little bit of olive oil to help the salt and smoked paprika stick to the almonds. You can add black pepper, cayenne, Cajun seasoning…..whatever you like to make these pop.

When they cool they are extra crunchy and tasty. I store them in an airtight plastic container and put them in small baggies for my purse or backpack so I am not tempted to buy crappy snacks when I am out and about.

The fat and protein (as well as the CRUNCH) makes these deeply satisfying and will hold me until the next meal when I am feeling peckish.

Have you roasted your own nuts? How do you flavor them?

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How to Roast Almonds Recipe

1 pound almonds, unsalted
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
salt (to taste)
smoked paprika (to taste)

Heat oven to 350 F. Spread almonds in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes until almonds are slightly browned. Be careful not to burn them by checking on them often.

Mix roasted almonds with olive, salt, and smoked paprika until you get your perfect combination. Store in an airtight container for weeks on your countertop.

For one ounce (about 23 almonds) = 167 calories, 14.5 g fat, 1.1 g saturated fat, 6.1 g carbohydrates, 1.2 g sugar, 6.0 g protein, 3.5 g fiber, 100 mg sodium, 5 SmartPts

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4 Comments:

I am with you on roasting nuts to up their flavor, its like night and day! I keep a quart container each of pecans, walnuts and slivered almonds in the freezer to keep them from becoming rancid. I haven't tried flavoring them, yet, but it sounds intriguing. My uses vary from adding them to fruit and dry cereal (like Nature's path O's or Erewhon's Brown Rice Crispies), yogurt and fruit (like greek yogurt, banana, mixed nuts and maple syrup-wow!), spring-mix salad, or dairy-free ice treats (like Ciao Bella Coconut sorbetto with crushed pineapple-omg so amazing!) Also to top any vegetable, roasted or steamed! (like brussel sprouts, green beans, sweet potatoes) I keep them unflavored because in addition to the above uses they are used alot in cookies, tea breads, etc. I would snack on them if only I could control myself and they weren't so darn expensive! I used to count out a set daily portion but I found more enjoyment using roasted nuts to embellish other foods. For snacks I throw a few on top of cottage cheese. Everyone's just nuts about nuts in this house! :)

on April 22, 2017

I like to start with raw almonds from the bulk bins which taste fresher to me. I roast like you describe, although maybe at 325, but test them by biting one in half to look at the color. It should be a very pale brown. Over-toasted will look definitely brown.

on April 22, 2017

I had heard that roasting almonds turns the good fats in them into bad fats? Is that true? That is the reason I don't roast nuts... if that isn't true then yippee!!! I can have them again that would be great😁!!

on April 23, 2017

@Lori - I have never heard that before. I looked it up and this is what I found - The nutrient content of the nuts might differ slightly from their raw counterparts, but the roasting process doesn't turn the healthy fats into unhealthy fats.

Eat them!
Thanks for your question!

on May 8, 2017


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