I walked into my mother’s kitchen to find her hovering over a tray like a vulture (lol, sorry mom). Before I could even form the question, she was already answering it.
“I made roasted almonds!” She exclaimed with excitement in her voice.
Say less, you beautiful goddess of a woman. I shoved a handful of roasted almonds in my mouth and my eyes grew wide. I could practically feel my pupils dilating.
Saying they were delicious is the understatement of the century. Each crunch obliterated any previous expectations I had for “good-tasting” roasted almonds on the spot. I was experiencing tunnel vision at this point, the crunching sound tuning out my mom’s words that suddenly felt so far away from me, I barely heard her saying, “It’s so easy to roast almonds with salt!” Seriously though, why didn’t we think of this before?
Like a werewolf mid-transformation at the peak of a full moon, I went from Dr. Jekyl to Mr. Hyde real quick. I loudly demanded the recipe and instructed her to leave them out as I ran across the hardwood floor in my socks (a dangerous feat worth mentioning for context purposes) the stairs (seriously, who am I?) to grab my camera.
Trust me when I tell you that this roasted almond recipe will ruin your life in the best way possible. This is your fair warning before you continue (you’re welcome).
Delicious Roasted Almonds
- 11 ounces of almonds (2 cups, almonds must be raw!)
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
- Spread almonds out on a heavy-rimmed baking sheet.
- Add olive oil + toss to coat almonds evenly.
- Sprinkle sea salt + toss once again.
- Place in the oven + toast, stirring almonds every 5 minutes for 20-30 minutes until they’re golden brown and fragrant.
- Pull out, and place on stove to cool before transferring them to a large mason jar. Store them in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life (they can also be frozen!)
Get Experimental with Making Healthy Snacks
- Make homemade trail mix with a few semi-sweet chocolate chips and dried fruit for a great snack on the go!
- Sprinkle them whole or crushed on your salad or greek yogurt.
- Get experimental when you’re making them! Drizzle melted dark chocolate over them while still on the baking sheet, or roast them with your favorite spices like cayenne pepper, taco seasoning, barbecue seasoning, turmeric or chilli pepper.
Keep your jar of almonds in a place that you (and/or your kids) frequent so that you can graze throughout the day.
But Wait! There’s More!
We like to think that eating almonds is a form of self love because they’re so nutrient dense + nourishing to the body.
Did You Know…
- Almonds are a great source of healthy fat, protein and are loaded with vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
- One serving (1 ounce = approx. 23 almonds) contains:
- 6 grams of protein
- 3.5 grams of fiber