My whole family loves nuts…. I mean LOVES NUTS! When my husband and I married, my god-mother roasted mixed nuts instead of buying them…. like pounds and pounds of them! They were SO GOOD!!! We had quite a few leftover, so we snacked on them thru our entire honeymoon!!! Sweet memories!
Nuts… A Healthy Snack
It can sometimes be difficult to find a snack that is healthy, delicious, and satisfying. But nuts are a good option and they have many healthy benefits! First, they are high in fiber and protein, both of those keep you feeling fuller for longer. Nuts also contain omega-3 fats, plant sterols, L-arginine, unsaturated fats, and vitamin E which can improve your heart health! I love that my husband and kids like nuts, at least that is one snack I can feel good about!
A few years ago, I started buying flavored almonds in little cans at the grocery store. They were delicious, and I figured a better option than chips or sweets, but over time, I realized that often the flavors were artificial (sometimes they even added in artificial sweeteners that I wouldn’t want to eat!) and they were much more expensive than what I could make at home myself!
A Simple Homemade Snack: Roasted Garlic Rosemary Almonds
Then, I happened upon a recipe for Rosemary Almonds, and after tweaking it a little for my own taste, and I had a winner! I have found several recipes for flavored nuts over the years, but this one is one of my very favorites! These almonds are always a hit when I share them. Sometimes, I even give jars of them as gifts!
This recipe involves roasting the almonds in the oven with a small amount of oil. Roasting is my favorite way to eat any kind of nut, it deepens their flavor and makes them more crunchy (read delicious!). Roasting nuts in a recipe before adding in can make a world of difference in your finished dish!
The recipe is super easy, I don’t even dirty up a bowl! I just pour the almonds out on the pan and dump everything on top and mix with my hands! All done in about 20 minutes! The original recipe calls for 2 cups of almonds, but I double it because these almonds don’t last long at my house!
The original recipe does not call for any garlic, but I love the flavor of garlic in almost anything! And I’m a little bit of a wimp when it comes to heat! So I cut the cayenne down significantly, but you can adjust it to your liking.
Snacks & More!
These almonds are great for snacking, but I also enjoy them on my salads! They also make a good gift… maybe during the holidays when everyone is being bombarded with sweets (which, I confess, I love!), you could gift these yummy, easy-to-make garlic rosemary almonds as a healthier snacking option!
Garlic Rosemary Almonds
- 4 cups raw almonds
- 2 tbsp olive oil or oil of choice, I also use grapeseed oil
- 4 tbsp rosemary, dried
- 3 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 pinch cayenne powder use up to 2 tsp depending on you preference
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Place the almonds on a large sheet pan (I use a jelly roll pan)
- Pour the oil and spices on top of the almonds
- Mix thoroughly with your hands making sure to coat each almond.
- Bake almonds for approximately 15 minutes or until color deepens. Stir half way thru the 15 minutes and place back in oven.
- Allow the almonds to rest until cool. They will taste chew, not crispy until they are completely cooled.
Recipe Adapted from See & Savour.
I hope that you enjoy this delicious recipe for Roasted Garlic Rosemary Almonds! If you try it, let me know what you think in the comments below!
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