Delectable Rosemary Almonds
Ever find yourself a tasty snack and really overdo it?
I mean, really eat too much of it. Maybe to the point where you can't look at the stuff for months, even years later? A couple years back this happened to me with almonds.
Nuts and dried fruit are my healthy go-to snacks and I've always been particularly keen on almonds. I've consumed barrels of them like a ravenous squirrel; and of course like any self-respecting crunchy hippie, I've had them in just about every form: buttered, milked, tamari-ed, wasabi-ed, granola-ed... you name it! But raw almonds, well, I've eaten so many of those suckers in the past few years I'll only ingest them in desperation, and with a grimace on my face! Recently though, after a lengthy hiatus from almond-snacking, I decided to take home a rather large bag of bulk raw almonds- determined to discover new and exciting ways to prepare them.
Friends, I am pleased to share with you this super quick, super easy recipe for probably the tastiest form of almonds I've ever eaten (other than chocolate-covered, of course):
Oven-baked rosemary almonds!
I mixed and matched ideas from various recipes on the web, and just about everything can be tweaked to suit your tastes. Folks concerned with sodium intake may also wish to reduce the amount in this recipe or omit it altogether.
Rosemary Almonds Recipe
Ingredients: 3 cups raw almonds 3 Tbsp crushed dried rosemary leaves 1 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil?) 2 tsp sea salt 1/4 cayenne powder Pinch of black pepper
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then measure out all the ingredients. On low heat, melt butter or coconut oil in a saucepan on the stove. Place almonds onto a baking sheet with a lip and pour the melted butter over. Mix butter and almonds thoroughly and sprinkle the salt and spices over. Mix again until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
The baking sheet now goes on the center rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 5 minutes, redistribute the almonds with a quick stir, and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly before serving.
This is a mouth-watering snack that is not only great to keep around for healthy snacking, but it would be welcome as finger food at any party!
Its gluten-free, and can be made dairy-free by substituting the butter with coconut oil. I'm still on the hunt for other scrumptious nut recipes, so please share if you have one!