Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from contributor Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home while I take a little writing & publishing break.
With Fall on the horizon my mind has been wandering to roasted nuts, sweet smelling spices, and other cool weather treats.
My family enjoys roasted nuts much more than raw ones. Roasting nuts brings out a wonderful flavor and makes the house smell good, too.
We usually eat plain roasted almonds for a snack, but I have also used them to make roasted almond butter, which is delightful. I’ve then added that almond butter to homemade power bars, which were also, well, delightful!
Roasting almonds is straightforward. If you’ve never done it before, I hope you’ll give it a try.
How to Roast Almonds:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place whole almonds on a single layer in a shallow pan (like a cookie sheet or baking dish).
Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You will start smelling them after about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to be sure they don’t over cook. Once they are roasted to your satisfaction, remove from oven and cool.
Store in an airtight container.
If you wish to add salt, sprinkle a few pinches of sea salt over the almonds as soon as they have been removed from the oven and are still hot.
It’s also possible to roast almonds in only 10-15 minutes by heating the oven to 350 degrees. If you are highly distractable mom like me, then you miught find there is a better chance of them buring at this temperature!).
Eat these almonds as is, ground into almond butter, crushed and sprinkled over salads or cereal, added to cookies . . . the sky is the limit!
Roasted almonds are wonderful, but sometimes it’s nice to have something extra special. The following spiced almonds are tasty and unique. My family loves them. They would make a wonderful gift come Christmas time.
1 egg white
3 cups almonds
1/3 cup sugar (or sucanat)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
In a small bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, allspice, seasoned salt, and nutmeg. (I have used white sugar and also sucanat with delicious results. The white sugar looks a little nicer, but they both taste good).
Beat egg white in a large bowl until foamy.
Add almonds and toss to coat.
Add sugar and spices to almonds and toss to coat.
Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Spread nuts in a single layer on baking sheet.
Bake for 1 hour.
Cool slightly then break apart.
Once cooled completely, store in an airtight container.
Do you enjoy roasted almonds? Have you ever tried making them yourself?