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. Hi Elana
    My family and I have been enjoying many of your recipes. Love, love the Paleo bread. I have been reading about free radicals that can form when almond flour is heated. Do you have more information on this? I hear many good things about Almond flour, but still read a lot about the ‘bad’. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Joe! Thanks for your comment. I am a huge fan of almond flour and I’m not one of those people that demonizes food, though I’ve seen that all over the internet. There are benefits and drawbacks to every food, especially wheat, and I love using almond flour in its place. I think almonds and almond flour have a place in a very healthy diet. Here’s more on why:


  2. 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!

    • We would recommend storing in a zip lock or air tight jar at 32-40 degrees. If vacuumed packed and stored in cool dry place, the shelf life can be a year or longer. Hope this helps.

    • I have been roasting pecans for a long time, and always after they cool store the nuts in a ziplock storage container and place that in the freezer. After a few months( if they last that long) they might start to turn on you.

  3. 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

  4. 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

    • Hi Don, we have a few “bitter” almond trees on our property also. These are wild almond trees and you must not eat the nuts…please look up “bitter almonds” on the internet for more info. VERY IMPORTANT ! These can make you very sick and may be fatal to humans.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    • Ken, not at all. Roasting makes them even more digestible for folks that have compromised digestion. But everyone is different, so do what is best for your body :-)

  7. 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?

    • I use popcorn salt it is powdered and sticks a lot better. I also toss my almonds with a little bit of oil before roasting. It doesn’t take much. Pretty yummy!

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