toasted roasted almonds recipe
photo from familyfriendsandfood on Flickr

Roasted almonds?  Yes, one of my favorite foods and an important part of my eating plan.

What about my family’s eating plan?  Well, my husband is one of the main reasons I cook and bake as religiously as I do; he comes from a family of excellent cooks who love to eat. However, recently, he went on a diet (I had no one to critique my desserts!).  Then he sent me this email:

“Was thinking you might want to do a post on how I have used the Abs Diet to get in shape and that you and I now eat the same; and then link to them and mention that almonds are their #1 food too.”

So, there you have it.  Now we eat the same –tons of veggies, protein, some nuts, the occasional piece of fruit.  OK, so our diets are slightly different.  I’m on the Elana Diet and he’s on the Abs Diet.  However, we both eat almonds and not a lot of dessert (not even my desserts).

We do enjoy eating fresh roasted almonds and here’s how you can make your own to snack on at any time of the day.

How to Roast Almonds

  1. Spread the almonds out in two 9 x 13 inch baking dishes
  2. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes, until a nutty aroma wafts out of the oven
  3. Remove almond from oven and sprinkle with salt
  4. Cool for 1 hour
  5. Serve

I’ve been roasting a lot of almonds lately.  I explained to my husband that they taste much better purchased raw and roasted fresh at home (rather than purchasing them already roasted).  After one batch of my roasted almonds he was sold!

Almonds are a superfood.  This ultra nutritious nut is high in antioxidants and full of beneficial fats that raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.  Further, studies have shown that almonds curb hunger.  I think they taste delicious and keep a little jar of them in my car for when I get a snack attack on the road.  Just a few do the trick.

Check out all of my recipes that use almonds.

If you love whole almonds for snacking, you may also want to try blanched almond flourHoneyville (one of my favorite brands) is running a special right now until Tuesday, February 23 6pm (PST). Just enter coupon code PRESIDENT during checkout to receive 10% off your entire order. Their blanched almond flour is of very high quality and I have had good experience with their customer service.

I’m really happy to introduce a super fun and captivating new site called Lilian’s Test Kitchen.  Check out Lillian baking my gluten free coconut flour carrot muffins in this video.

The winner of last weeks Friday Freebie, a the half pound of Chardonnay Grapeseed Flour from AprèsVin, is @jenleitch!

Have a great weekend everyone.


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