I made these spicy roasted almonds as a gift for some friends when I went over to their house for lunch. A pretty jar of roasted nuts is my favourite gift to give when invited for a meal; it’s a nice gesture that you’ve taken the time to make something yourself and it’s a great snack for sharing . The usual gifts when going to a dinner party/lunch are a bottle of wine or something sweet like chocolates, but even when I’m eating with someone who eats gluten or dairy, I bring them something gluten and dairy free like nuts, tea or fresh fruit. Not only does it show them that it is possible to give lovely and delicious gifts that are healthy at the same time, but I also wouldn’t want to give a friend something that I myself know is not good for the body; I’d rather give them something that will make them feel good. If they want to eat gluten and dairy that is totally fine and it’s their choice, but if you think about it, giving someone cake is like saying ‘Because you’re my friend, here is this delicious chocolate cake which tastes amazing but will probably make you bloated, congested and feel heavy.’ Crazy when you put it like that, isn’t it?
Back to the recipe. You simply toss the almonds in a little olive oil, lemon juice, spices and herbs then roast till crunchy and toasted. If you don’t like things too spicy, start with half a teaspoon of chilli powder, but I like it hot! You can snack on these as they are, or try sprinkling them on salads and vegetables.
Spiced Almonds – Vegan, Gluten and Dairy free / No added sugar or salt.
- 3 cups almonds
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp hot chilli powder
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- Preheat the oven to 160C Fan (180C conventional).
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well until the almonds are evenly coated in the spice mixture.
- Spread the almonds on to a large baking sheet lined with foil then place in the oven. Roast for 7-8 minutes, gently tossing the nuts halfway through until they are toasted and smell fragrant. *
*Cooking time depends on your oven and could be up to 15 minutes, just check after 7-8 minutes. If you’re unsure whether the nuts are ready, take an almond out and chop it in half with a sharp knife. If it’s still white inside, it needs more time, it should be a golden inside.
With Love, Spice and Smile,