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How to Roast Almonds

toasted roasted almonds recipe
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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

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  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.


posted on February 19, 2010

  1. ~M

    This looks great…my husband and I have been going through tons of raw almonds recently since we both take trail mix several times a week as a snack to work/school. Have you ever tried soaking them whole and then roasting them? How much longer would they need?

    • Pamela

      For ~M, I couldn’t resist replying to your question about soaking your nuts first…..YES YOU SHOULD!!! Acording to Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, “sprouting (soaking) increases vitamin B content, especially B2,5 and 6. Carotene increases dramatically. Even more important, sprouting neutralizes phytic acid, a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorbtion of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc and neutralizes enzyme inhibitors present in all seeds. These inhibitors can neutralize our own precious enzymes in the digestive tract.”

      I soak all my nuts. 4 cups of nuts with 1 Tbs sea salt and fill up the container with water to cover the nuts. For almonds, soak for at least 7 hours or overnight. Drain and spread on baking sheet. Bake at 150 degrees for 12 to 24 hours until completely dry and crisp. I dehydrate mine for the same amount of time. You can double and triple etc. the recipe.

      • Ellen Smith

        My husband and I also love almonds. I roast them the same way you do, but instead of using salt, I sprinkle the cinnamon on the almonds before placing the baking sheets in the oven.

        • Nancy Hasek

          I have wanted to try roasting almonds dusted with dark cocoa powder. Has anyone tried this and can provide some direction. I don’t want to use oil but don’t know how to get the cocoa to stick. Thanks!

      • Blair B.

        Hi Elana,
        Love your cookbook. Was wondering where you purchase your almonds?
        Thanks,
        Blair

      • syifa

        bake to 12 to 24 hours?? That’s a very long time of baking!

      • Andrea MacLeod

        Regarding Pamela’s comment – thank you for posting info on Phytate’s. As a vegetarian most of my adult life, with a great love of all nuts, especially almonds, and an avid interest in nutritional health and well-being I was astonished to find I didn’t know (until just recently) about Phytic Acid as something in all nuts, seeds, grains, beans and legumes that binds with and removes other minerals from the digestive system UNLESS they are sprouted. It speaks to the innate intelligence of life that seeds lock up their nutrients until they are alive and ready to use them and it speaks to our need as intelligent humans to eat live food: soaked, sprouted, fermented, in combination, with beneficial enzymes and probiotics. Ode to the ongoing quest for vitality.

  2. That looks very simple and delicious. I love almonds. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Philip123

    I’m all for healthy and delicious recipes and healthy eats however to pick a nit, cholesterol is a single molecule it has single chemical structure. There are no “good” and “bad” versions as it is a single molecule. High and low density lipoproteins are, well, proteins, they are two different carrier proteins for cholesterol. The Framingham study evidence underlying the “lipid hypothesis” was never strong to start with. Since then a massive lipid lowering campaign has shown no effect on heart disease rates. While an elegant and seemingly intuitive hypothesis, more and more openly people are rightly questioning the wisdom of the cholesterol lowering campaign. Not to even mention the myriad and serious side effects often seen with statin drugs. I’m all for healthy and delicious almonds but there is no need to sweat the cholesterol.
    http://healthjournalclub.blogspot.com/

    • Okay – I’m going to have to reread your post when my brain’s more alert! In the meantime, I’ve been eating macadamia nuts to lower my cholesterol. Just started, so we’ll see if it works. Rumor has it 1-1/2 oz a day (about 17 nuts) lowers your cholesterol. Elana, I’ll have to search old posts for good mac nut recipes, now!

  4. Marla

    I love all your recipes. Thanks for forward Lillian’s video…My daughter and I enjoyed it ;)

  5. I definitely think soaking and dehydrating nuts is the way to go most of the time. By heating them at 150 degrees or below, you retain all the enzymes and nutrients in the nuts. Roasting them at high temps kills the enzymes. The result of soaking and low-temp dehydration is a crispy, slightly salty nut. Delicious and good for any number of things. In addition to snacking, I rough grind them with flax seeds, top with yogurt and berries for breakfast. Or chop and add to a salad.
    Thank you, Elana. I love your site!

  6. Ok the Lillian’s videos are hilarious! Those recipes look absolutely delicious. Its so much fun seeing those from the test perspective. Thanks for showing the almond roasting – I’ve been trying to stick to raw almonds, but this will be really nice for those days when I want something kicked up a notch.

  7. Jeanne Marie

    Elana, This is one of my favorite posts!! I love it… The Abs Diet and the Elana Diet!!
    Your website and cookbook have inspired me and have changed the way we eat!!
    Thank you,
    Jeanne Marie

  8. Linda

    I found another source for Blanched Almond Meal and have had pretty good luck with it. Country Life Natural Foods out of Pullman Michigan. http://www.clnf.org Their almond meal is also more reasonable than Honeyville. $17.50 for 5# versus $28.99 at Honeyville.

    • Charmaine

      I noticed that for orders less than $25, there is a $3.00 fee, plus the customer pays regular UPS shipping rates (Honeyville is a pretty good deal for $4.49), plus .75 cents handling fee per box. So, bottom line, what does the 5 lb. bag of their almond flour end up coming out to just for comparison sake to the Honeyville?

    • Heather

      We order from clnf every couple months. They have a lot of products we purchase through our local buying club. To save on any shipping charge, see if you are in their delivery area and ask them to find a local group for you to join. I’ve only ever ordered their regular almond meal; next month I’ll try their blanched and see how that works out. Love their products and prices!

    • Marie DeHondt

      thanks. I use almond meal all the time and buy it from Honeyville.

  9. Jenny

    Question: Can you substitute even amounts of Almond Flour for a recipe you have at home Ex. 1 c. “traditional flour” for 1 c. almond flour.

    and if you have 1/2 granulated sugar …. Or 1/4 oil what is the conversion to agave or grapeseed oil?

    I just started out trying to eat gluten free and tried the Cinnamon Coffee Cake …THE way the “cake” texture was OK …. but the topping was just “FLAT”

    I need help. I’ve been without sugar for months and sorry …. either brand or agave just didn’t cut it for me…… suggestions??!!!

    J

    • Charmaine

      Many of your questions have been answered on her forum, have you visited there? Or perhaps just repost your questions over there where they have a better chance of getting answered by one of the members.
      http://www.elanaspantry.com/forums/

      Someone did just post over there recently that 5/8 cup of almond flour (1/2 plus 2 Tbsp.) can be substituted for 1 cup of regular flour in traditional recipes. I tried that and it worked for me.

      As for oil- I use cooled melted butter instead of the grapeseed oil.

      As for the agave- I make a syrup using coconut palm sugar. It’s posted here:
      http://www.elanaspantry.com/forums/topic/palm-sugar

      Hope this helps!

  10. Andie

    Thanks for posting this! I accidentally bought unroasted almonds and was hoping to find out the best temp to bake them at. Now I’m excited that they may turn out better than what I meant to buy.

  11. Sheila

    I disagree with the temperature you roast your almonds at. Roasting almonds at high temperatures damages the delicate fats in nuts and causes the production of free radicals. Almonds (nuts) should be roasted at a lower temperature; 160-170F for 15-20 min.

  12. Carol Gaudreault

    THE GLUTEN-FREE ALMOND FLOUR COOKBOOK is a huge positive addition to my cooking habits. We are enjoying the recipes immensely as the flavors and textures are a dellightful surprise of success to the taste buds. Thank you also for all your tips.

  13. Elizabeth Monticue

    How do I keep the salt on the almonds? I’ve sprinkled sea salt on the roasted almonds, but it won’t stick. Sort of a basic question, but help?
    Thank you!

  14. Thanks for the recipe—I’m looking after my dad at the moment, and he likes roasted almonds. I hope he’ll enjoy the raw, fresh ones I bought at the farmers market this morning.

    Tip for non-US readers: ‘350°’ is on the old scale, and means 175°C. (I’ve lived in the US, and few people there realise theirs is the only country still using that legacy scale.)

  15. B

    Elana would you consider roasting at 150-170 degrees for 15-20 minutes to preserve the enzymes and nutrients in the nuts? This will allow the nuts to remain raw or they can be classified as raw, which means all the nutrients are still “alive”. They are still crunchy and roasted just more nutrient dense.

  16. Attempting to make an almond, tofu protein shake today and after looking at a few sites on how to best roast almonds, I loved the ease, look and layout of your blog the best. Thanks for the great info. Off to make use of my blender. :)

  17. There are also few other ways in which you can roast almonds like the Skillet roast and dry roast.Nevertheless your discussion is quite interesting

  18. Jessica

    I would like to add, that baking almonds at temps above 170 deteriorates the “good” fats in the seed. You should bake them at a lower temp of about 160 for 15-20 mins.
    Hope this helps!

  19. Nico @ dirana.com

    My mom used to roast almonds when I was a little kid, and today me and my girlfriend just tried (succesfully) to roast almonds for the very first time. We kept them in the oven for almost 20 minutes at 220º (as my mother told me) and the results have been excellent. The smell coming out of the oven really brough me some childhood memories…

  20. Patricia GAYWOOD

    I live in Spain and we have been given loads of ALMONDS AFTER BLANCHING AND SKINNING HOW CAN I STORE THEM SO THEY WILL KEEP GOOD FOR SOME TIME

  21. Nancy Murray

    I’m so excited to find your site & it’s colloection of recipies. Stumbled on it looking for roasting almonds. I used your recipe with a little adjustment, since we had taken the skins off with the intent of making roasted almond butter. Thanks for sharing your perfected recipies, as this gluten free road is a little bumpy!

  22. Tina

    In order to be healthy, nuts must be soaked and dried/dehydrated. Raw almonds are NOT healthy. Not only are they not good for digestion, the anti-nutrients actually rob you body of the nutrients you get from other food. It’s a “no win” situation. Almonds that have been soaked and dried/dehydrated are healthy. Raw almonds are not – even roasted!

  23. Tsirah

    Hi,

    Can you please indicate if you mean farenheit or celsius degrees?

    I think you use farenheit as I just miserably failed at this… I carbonated my almonds in less than 5 minutes ^^”

    Thanks!

  24. Katy

    Followed your recipe to roast almonds tonight, they were great! Only problem is the salt sort of just falls off, doesn’t stick to the almonds. Is there a way to get them to stick on there?

  25. Ken

    You mention almonds being a super food. Doesn’t cooking negate the benefits? I have heard that raw almonds are much much better for you than roasted.

    I love roasted almonds, probably one of my top 3 flavours! Thanks for the article.

  26. Stephanie

    Oh goodness! I tried this today and YUM! I have to remind myself that moderation is good! Haha

  27. Eric Dewdney

    Another good reason for roasting almonds is that the process tenderizes them making it much easier on teeth, particularly in older folks whose teeth may be starting to crumble… Please don’t push the salt! Most of us know we have excess and hazardous levels of salt in our diets. People should be encouraged to try roasted almonds without salt first. In my opinion, they’re just as tasty!

  28. Richard

    Thank you. I couldn’t find unsalted roasted almonds to make spaghetti with parsley pesto.

  29. Don Higley

    Hi we have two large almond tress having trouble harvesting the nuts, have removed all almond from tress, and remove the hull around the nut, we have also had the nuts in the sun for about a week, but still the nuts are real hard and have bitter taste. Can you help
    Thanks Don

  30. Marie Bonniec

    Why can’t Elana answer comments from her loyal readers?

  31. JEREMY PALMER

    YUMMY!

    JUST RIGHT FOR MY LANAI SNACKS.

    ALOOOOHA

    JERRY
    KAHANA, MAUI

  32. PAT

    Please let me know if 170F is too high an oven temperature for drying out silvered almonds without killing their enzymes. My oven doesn’t go any lower. How do I bypass the default setting on a 3 year old GE oven? Thanks

  33. Chrystal Thurston

    I’m new to roasting, but how do you store them after? Zip lock, jars, Tupperware? And how long are they good for, not that I expect them to last long. Do they need to be refrigerated? Thanks for all the great info!

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