Almonds are a super-healthy snack but become extra delicious when roasted with flavorful olive oil. They’re the perfect addition to any charcuterie board or a crunchy topping for this Kale Salad with Roasted Beets.
Feel free to try this recipe with other seasoning mixes; just follow the same cooking time and temperature. Just remember that dry roasted almonds can be prone to condensation when stored in warm containers, so make sure to transfer them to an airtight container after they cool.
1. Use a Good Quality Oil
The quality of the oil you use is critical when making roasted gourmet almonds. It can make the difference between a delicious snack and a burnt mess. You can use either coconut or olive oil, but you want to avoid using vegetable oils, as they tend to have a lower smoke point. This means they will degrade faster when exposed to heat. The type of oil you choose will also affect the overall flavor of your almonds.
Almonds are a powerful food with many benefits, including reducing indigestion. They contain healthy fats and help promote healthy heart and cholesterol levels. In addition, they are a good source of vitamin E and phytosterols. They can also help to improve the condition of your skin and hair. Almonds are also high in fiber, which can help reduce digestive issues.
There are two types of almonds: sweet and bitter. The sweet variety is the one that is most commonly eaten and used for foods, oils, and cosmetics. Bitter almonds, on the other hand, have medicinal properties and are often used for aromatherapy and massage therapy. The almonds are pressed for their oil, but different methods are used to create the different varieties of almond oil. The most common variety is unrefined almond oil, which contains nutrients and a nutty flavor that can add to the taste of your meals.
Unrefined almond oil has a low smoke point and should be used as a finishing oil that is added to your dishes after cooking. It is also a great choice for homemade salad dressings, especially when combined with apple cider vinegar and chopped herbs. It can also be drizzled over pasta to give it a nuttier flavor. Refined almond oil, on the other hand, has a higher smoke point and can be used for frying, sauteing, or stir-frying. It can also be mixed with herbs, lemon juice, or salt to make a savory marinade for chicken, fish, or veggies. It can also be used as a base for homemade face masks, body scrubs, and hair treatments.
2. Keep an Eye on Them
You’ve probably heard that it’s important to keep whole raw almonds in your pantry for a quick snack or in addition to salads, yogurt, or oatmeal. They also provide a powerful boost of protein and healthy fats. Almonds are rich in calcium, vitamin E, and potassium and also contain an essential fatty acid that’s been linked to improved gut health.
The key to a great batch of roasted almonds is to keep an eye on them while they’re cooking so that they don’t burn or overcook. The best way to do this is to stir them once or twice during the baking process so that they brown evenly. Additionally, you can add some spice to the almonds as they cook, which will enhance their flavor. Try spices like cumin, coriander, cayenne, or smoked paprika.
It’s also important to make sure that your almonds are completely dry before storing them. Excess moisture can lead to mold and spoilage. Once your almonds are finished roasting, you can easily remove any excess moisture by spreading them on a kitchen or paper towel. You can even put them in a low-temperature oven to speed up the drying process.
Blanching your almonds before storing them is another great way to extend their shelf life and improve their texture and flavor. Simply bring a pot of water to a boil and then add the almonds. After they have cooked for about a minute, drain them, and transfer them to a bowl of ice water to cool rapidly. This process helps remove some of the almond skins and deactivates enzymes that can cause them to go rancid.
Once your almonds have been thoroughly cleaned and dried, they should be stored in airtight containers to maximize their shelf life. It’s also a good idea to label the containers with the date of storage so that you can easily track how long your almonds have been stored and rotate them accordingly.
If you don’t have any airtight containers, resealable plastic bags will also work. However, make sure to place the almonds in a separate container from other foods because they can absorb other flavors. Also, be careful when storing them in the refrigerator because frequent opening and closing of the door can cause condensation, which can affect their flavor and texture.
3. Don’t Overcook Them
Almonds are incredibly versatile and one of the easiest healthy snacks to incorporate into your diet. Whether it’s chopping and mixing them into yogurt with fresh fruit; sprinkling them onto salads like this Roast Pumpkin, Spinach, and Feta Salad; or simply eating them plain from the bag as a satisfying snack, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, zinc, copper, and iron. And when they’re roasted, they become even more nutty and delicious.
But it’s important to remember that you can easily overcook almonds, especially if you’re using the oven. Over-toasting can not only make them bitter, but it will also make the skins stick to each other and cause them to turn black. You can avoid this by keeping a close eye on the almonds and removing them from the heat the instant they start to smell or look burnt.
This is especially true if you’re adding any extra spices or flavors to the nuts, as they can go from perfectly toasted to overcooked very quickly. You can avoid this by adding the spices to the oil before you toast the almonds and making sure that the oil is still hot when you add them. It’s also a good idea to stir the almonds often to ensure they are cooked evenly.
If you’re using the oven to roast your almonds, try to use a baking sheet that’s large enough for them to fit in a single layer. Trying to crowd the almonds in a small pan or tray will result in them burning more quickly.
You can also toast your almonds on the stovetop, but you’ll have to cook them for a longer time. Again, it’s a good idea to stir them frequently and remove them from the heat the instant they begin to look or smell burnt.
If you’re not planning to eat all of your toasted almonds at once, you can keep them in an airtight jar or container at room temperature for months. They can also be frozen for up to 2 years. But before you do this, make sure that the container is freezer-safe.
4. Don’t Oversalt Them
Whether you’re making plain, roasted, or flavored almonds, it’s important to watch the salt. Too much salt can overpower the flavor and cause your almonds to become mushy, which is not what you want. To avoid oversalting your almonds, sprinkle them with salt only after they have cooled. You can also try adding other spices to the mix, such as garlic powder, chili seasoning, ground cumin, dried basil, and/or cayenne pepper.
In addition to being a delicious snack, almonds are packed with nutrients such as vitamin E and calcium. They are also low in calories and contain healthy fats such as monounsaturated fatty acids, which are linked to reduced cholesterol. Almonds are a versatile snack and can be added to salads, leafy green wraps, and other dishes.
While flavored almonds may be tasty, many of them come with added sugars and salt, which can contribute to high blood pressure, inflammation, and excess weight. It’s best to stick with roasted, plain almonds.
Whether you’re baking or roasting your almonds, it’s important to use quality ingredients. This includes the nuts themselves as well as any add-ins such as oil, sugar, or salt. Using high-quality, fresh ingredients will ensure that your almonds turn out to taste good and are nutritious.
For a healthier version of this recipe, skip the butter and use a high smoke point oil such as avocado or butter-flavored coconut oil instead. You can also add a pinch of liquid smoke for a smoky almond flavor.
These spiced almonds are perfect for a healthy snack or to add a kick to your favorite salads. They also make a great gift and are easy to prepare in advance. Make sure to store them in an airtight container when you’re done. You can enjoy them for up to a week at room temperature or put them in the fridge for longer.
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