How Do I Roast Almonds?

December 17, 2022   13 Comments

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

How Do I Roast Almonds?

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.

When you buy almonds for this recipe you are looking for://unroasted and not salted. You cannot find raw almonds unless you buy them from an almond farm. All almonds are pasteurized (heated to a temperature high enough to kill salmonella) before sent to stores.

Essentially, all of the almonds you buy have already been "cooked" but you can find ones that haven't been roasted. They are simply called "almonds" sometimes or may explicitly state "unroasted".

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?

How to Roast Almonds Recipe

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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.

Nutrition Facts

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

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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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! :)

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.

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😁!!

@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!

Why not raw almonds?

Roasting nuts over 100 degrees Celsius will unfortunately alter the composition of the good ‘unsaturated fats’ to bad ‘saturated fats’!

Please check your theories thoroughly before stating such claims.

Slow roasting at under 100 degrees Celsius for 4-6 hrs will maintain the stability of the ‘good’ saturated fats therefore making this method the healthier and beneficial choice long term.

I love nuts and I'd like to make my own.

This is perfect for me to have ideas to how to make my own without sweat and headaches.

Thank you!

I’m very confused...i bought raw bc i wanted to start roasting my own from scratch. I would’ve thought your Costco ones would’ve already been roasted too. Has anyone seen roasted almonds w just olive oil & salt? Trying to avoid canola. I’d make my own but I’m totally confused now

Roasting @ temp above 140 alters nutrient content, reduces good fats, produces acrylamide which gives the brown colour but is potentially carcinogenic. Harmful effects are temperature related than duration of roasting. Roast at 100 - 120C for up-to 15 minutes using a heat stable oil like coconut oil.

I use my Ninja grill, set on Roasting, 350 degrees,

one layer deep, about 6 to 7 minutes, turn in 3 to 4 minutes. Check for browning. before roasting put a small amoumt of your best oil in a pan, pour liquid smoke on top,add a little molasses,stirr, add stevia, and salt wile hot, at the end, molasses will burn and stevie loses flavor if too hot.put in just enough ingredients to cover the nuts you are roasting.molasses will make the salt and stevia or sugar stick to the nuts.

If you like roasted nuts and saving money, buy raw nuts and oven roast them yourself. I do this. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F, put you nuts in a single layer on parchment paper lined trays and roast them in 10 minute intervals, turning them until darker and done. Cool one nut and sample it for doneness. Yummy!

Lol Snack Girl if you do a web search on toxic foods peanuts and almonds will both show up in the top 10.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't eat them as even lettuce is toxic.

There is no such thing as a non-toxic food.

I remember my mother blanching almonds and baking/roasting them. They were seasoned with butter and salt. How would I do this without the butter leaving a greasy feel to them? I thought she buttered and salted before roasting.....


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