Almonds and other nuts contain a good amount of protein, fiber and heart-healthy fats. A 1-ounce serving of almonds has 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Almonds are also a good source of minerals such as magnesium and vitamins such as B-6, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. Roasting almonds at home is a quick way to prepare a simple snack for you and your children. Use herbs and spices to add flavor to the almonds.
Spread the almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a 325 to 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for the simplest snack. You don't need to add oil since the almonds contain plenty of oil already. To keep the snack healthy, skip adding any salt.
Add a bit of flavor to the almonds if you'd like by mixing them with herbs or spices before roasting. Choose flavors that appeal to your family. For example, if you and your children love spicy foods, toss the almonds with a pinch of ground cayenne and some black pepper, then roast in the oven. For a fresh-tasting snack, chop up fresh herbs and stir into the almonds. If your family loves savory snacks, add some seasoning mix to the almonds.
Make a sweet but still healthy snack by roasting the almonds with cinnamon and a bit of sugar. Use honey or maple syrup instead of the sugar if you prefer. For a snack that appeals to the whole family, try a combination of ranch-flavored seasoning mix, brown sugar and maple syrup. Coating the almonds with egg whites, honey or maple syrup before adding the seasoning will help the dry ingredients stick.
Roast the almonds for no longer than 20 minutes. The lower the oven temperature you use, the less likely the almonds will burn. Stir the nuts a few times while cooking so that they roast evenly. The almonds will turn brown and smell toasted when they are ready.
Cool the roasted almonds before eating so that no one burns themselves. Roasted almonds will keep for a few days in an tightly sealed container. To avoid overeating, only make as many almonds as you can eat in a sitting.
Items you will need
- Baking sheet
- Whole almonds
- Chopped fresh herbs such as oregano, rosemary and thyme or dried herbs
- Spices such as cayenne pepper, black pepper or cinnamon
- Seasoning mix
- Brown sugar, honey or maple syrup
- Egg whites
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