I’ve been asked by a few people for some simple snack ideas lately. Rather than get all crazy here, I’m gonna go with an old classic this week.
I understand that raw almonds can sometimes get old, but they’re still a great snack food that’s calorie dense (so don’t eat too many!) and packed with energy, thanks to a great omega-3 content. Research has shown that the roasting process only slightly lowers the nutritional benefit of Almonds and it actually makes them easier to digest! As long as you don’t go overboard with the salt, you can season these any way you like:
Preheat oven to 250
Over medium-low, heat a large, non-stick pan
Pour 1 tsp sesame oil & 2 tsp olive oil in. Toss w/ 1 lb. of raw almonds until all are coated in oil. Cook 5 minutes, tossing the almonds for even heating.
Add 1 Tbsp Soy sauce & 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Toss & cook 1 min.
Add in any seasonings you like. Just keep the salt level low. On my last batch, I used: Red Pepper flakes, Chili Powder, Sea Salt, Nature’s Seasoning, Old Bay, Cumin, & Garlic Powder. Toss to coat.
Lay Almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with Foil or Parchment Paper. Roast for 20 min. Allow to cool for 30 min…… if you can.
(my fiance had to redistribute these on the pan, as I decided to take a picture after we had both attacked the almonds)
Side note: if the seasoning doesn’t stick to your almonds, you messed up somewhere. These should be just as good as any store bought seasoned almonds. Except, ya know without any preservatives or stabilizers. Oh, and the seasoning is exactly whatever you want it to be.
Get creative with your seasonings! If you come up with a good one, let me know about it. I always love trying new combinations.