This recipe for homemade roasted spiced almonds doesn’t use any sugar (you don’t need it, friend). It’s savory perfection, and you can add more cayenne for additional spice if you need to turn up the heat. Of course you can use any nut you like at the base of the recipe, and these would go perfectly on roasted vegetable recipes like the Roasted Asparagus with Manchego and Pine Nuts from Eat Happy Cookbook (in place of the pine nuts, duh).
I am honored to have tried out this device from the good folks at Zippy. Most folks might use it for making popcorn, but I’ve been using it to make fresh roasted spiced nuts, and it’s fantastic. It roasts evenly (no hot spots from the oven), and it coats the nuts evenly with whatever topping I deem to pour on them. My only complaint is that it yields too much goodness. I will be making homemade roasted spiced almonds for everyone at the holidays, and until then, I will have to freeze the overflow.
If you do not have a Zippy Snackmaker, you can preheat your oven to 350 degrees, coat the almonds in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, shaking around the nuts halfway through to make sure they don’t burn. When nuts start to get fragrant, they’re on the verge of perfection, so don’t let them stay in too long and burn.
This is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving that will get everyone in the mood for your NSNG specialties (click here for my Thanksgiving Round Up), plus, this will make your house smell amazing!
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Roasted Spiced Almonds
- 4 tablespoons olive oil (or use melted butter)
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt, plus additional for seasoning after roasting
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
- 5 cups raw almonds or mixed raw nuts
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the nuts. Place the Zippy on medium high heat. Add nuts. Place lid on roaster, leaving off silicon plug so there’s an opening hole in the lid. Let nuts roast, turning the crank every 1-2 minutes for 4-5 minutes, letting the nuts toast. Drizzle the coating mix into the nuts. Stir crank to coat nuts with coating. Continue roasting, stirring every 1-2 minutes for 3-5 additional minutes until nuts are roasted and fragrant, being careful not to burn the nuts or the spices of the coating. Remove from heat and let cool. Serve, seasoning with additional salt, if necessary.