Sunday, January 24, 2016

Roasted almonds

I love almonds!  They are a fantastic quick snack to grab throughout the day to keep me going with no preparation.  However, I end up eating them so often, I get bored and eat them just to get in a snack and not because I'm enjoying them.  This past weekend, I wanted to kick up the flavor of my almonds, because they were starting to get boring.  Here's the result.

Start with raw, plain almonds spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Cook the almonds at 350 degrees for about 13 minutes, you'll start to be able to smell them.

I label the spices and keep them in my pantry because I don't use all I mixed up at once.
While the almonds are cooking, mix up your spices in a jelly jar.  I love using jelly and Mason jars in my kitchen--they have universal lids, it's easy to mix things up in a jar by shaking it, they stack well, and the glass makes it microwaveable safe (don't forget to take off the metal ring!)

Spray the almonds on the pan with olive oil, or you can put them in a metal or glass bowl to mix up. Add the spices and toss.

These are straight out of the oven, so they look oily, but they really aren't in the end. 

The spices are a great addition, but you can change it up however you like.  These would be tasty with just some olive oil and salt, or sweeten them up with some cinnamon.

4 servings almonds
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder (I know this is a weird measurement, just eyeball it)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil

Spread the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes (until you can smell them.)

Combine the next seven ingredients in a jar, secure the lid, and shake until the spices are well combined.

After the almonds come out of the oven, spray lightly with olive oil, or put in a metal or glass bowl and toss with the olive oil. Sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons of the seasoning on the almonds.

The beauty of making it yourself is you can add more seasoning if it's not spicy enough, or combine in more almonds to spread out the seasoning if it's too much--you choose.

The oil and seasoning will set on the almonds once they've cooled.

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