How to Roast Almonds

Roasted almonds are 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 and 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 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 (a grain-free paleo diet) and he’s on the Abs Diet. However, we both eat almonds and not a lot of dessert (not even my healthy dessert recipes).

Wondering how to roast almonds? 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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  • Spread almonds on two 9 x 13 inch baking dishes
  • Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, until a nutty aroma wafts out of the oven
  • Remove almonds from oven and cool for 20 minutes
  • Toss with olive oil and salt
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
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I’ve been roasting a lot of almonds lately. They taste much better purchased raw and roasted fresh at home (rather than purchasing them already roasted). My husband loves it when I make fresh roasted almonds. And that’s a good thing because 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. Studies have shown that almonds curb hunger. I think they taste delicious and keep a little jar of roasted almonds in my car for when I get a snack attack on the road. Just a few do the trick.

If you love whole almonds for snacking, you may also want to try blanched almond flour (not almond meal). Honeyville makes incredible almond flour, and has my Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on the back of their bag! Honeyville almond flour is wonderful because it is finely ground and yields fantastic baked goods. I bake with almond flour often, as it is tasty, easy to use, and full of good fat! I wrote the book on almond flour in 2008, called The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. It has easy paleo recipes for everything from birthday cake to chicken fingers, and I think you’ll love it!

If you are looking for healthy low-carb recipes, check out all of my recipes that use almond flour, as well as my Keto Diet Recipes page. Here are some of my easy paleo recipes that use almonds or almond flour:

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Thank you so much for this recipe! These are delicious and so easy to make!


78 responses to “How to Roast Almonds”

  1. 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!

    • I won’t be dehydrating for 10+ hours or overnight … so can I soak the almonds then oven roast them at <200F for 20 min and maintain the enzymes and nutrients?

    • You answered my question Tina. I recently had learned that all nuts needed to be soaked and then dehydrated by using a dehydrator or in the oven at a low temperature. I know Elena recommends soaking nuts before using them to make nut milk. Was surprised to see that she didn’t recommend soaking the almonds before roasting them and was going to ask her about it. Thankful for your response.

  2. 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!


  4. 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…

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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. :)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.)

  10. 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!

    • I was wondering that too. I guess if I soaked them in salt water before roasting the salt would be there?

    • Elizabeth and Hannah,

      Try brining the almonds before roasting. I have had good luck using a fine granulated sea salt from the local market. Mix about a table spoon of salt with 3-4 cups warm water. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Then roast. Hope this helps!

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