Almonds are a really popular snack these days. Filling and a good source of healthy fats and protein, they are a great option for in between meals or when traveling. Unfortunately, most of the almonds that fill the shelves of super markets are laden with unhealthy ingredients that turn what is normally a clean, whole food into a processed one. Turning over a package of seasoned almonds often reveals some nasty surprises: vegetable oil, corn maltodextrin, and hydrolyzed corn and soy protein just to name a few. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not put the aforementioned substances in my body.
Fortunately there is a solution: roast your own. In about 10 minutes you can have a generous-sized batch of delicious herb roasted almonds, made with nothing but nutritious, natural ingredients.
Herb Roasted Almonds
- 16 oz bag, whole, raw almonds
- 1-2 tablespoons butter (I use Kerrygold)
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (optional)
- Zest of 1/2 lemon (optional)
- Melt one or two tablespoons of butter (preferably grass-fed) in a large skillet over medium low heat.
- Once your butter is melted and starting to bubble up add your almonds and stir to coat in the butter.
- Add the dried rosemary, thyme and garlic powder, and generously season with salt and pepper (also add the fresh rosemary and lemon zest if desired). Stir to distribute.
- Roast almonds uncovered for about 10 minutes or until fragrant and beginning to brown, stirring occasionally.
- Remove onto a paper towel to cool. Store in a airtight jar or container.
Sneak some of these into the movie theater and you won’t even miss the popcorn.
Adapted from nomnompaleo