A savory and quick happy hour snack, garlic roasted almonds that are perfect for snacking!
Second Sunday post in a row, I’m on a roll! I’ve decided to start sharing more simple and savory recipes, partly because my body can’t keep eating desserts all the dang time (if only) and partly because, after putting out the reader survey, I’ve found that many of you want more simple, healthy recipes, which I totally understand. Hence, this easy and savory batch of garlic roasted almonds. While this will still remain a dessert blog, I will be incorporating more savory/dinner/simple recipes in too, just to vary things a bit. Bear with me while I get my skills honed on the savory side of things, dessert is really my wheelhouse, but savory is starting to show its appeal too.
These garlic roasted almonds came to be after I bought a bag of whole almonds in desperation a few weeks ago, when really what I was looking for was a bag of sliced almonds. I’ve been testing a recipe for a sweet orange almond muffin recipe and needed those almonds that are sliced ever so perfectly, rather than the whole ones. Out of frustration and running into the ‘I didn’t come here for nothing’ attitude in the grocery store, I grabbed a bag of whole almonds and headed on my way. Then, it got sucked into the vortex of oft forgotten things in the back of my baking cabinet, waiting to be used for something, but continuing to be pushed back into the recesses of the cabinet in favor of the bag of chocolate chips or new-to-me maca powder. Finally, I decided it was time to breathe new life into them and use them for something that is a cross between the perfect happy hour snack (hello protein!) and something that sounds fancy as all get out, without being unnecessarily fussy.
I knew I wanted to start with my new favorite spice, smoked paprika, and combine it was something else that was strong, pungent and took on the flavor of the almonds well. Garlic is always a good choice, plus roasting only brings out the natural almonds and flavor of both of the main spices in these roasted almonds. Add a healthy dose of olive oil and snack time is born! One of my biggest pieces of advice for making these garlic roasted almonds is to watch them closely. I’ve burned my fair share of nuts (heh) and it’s all due to not keeping a close watch on them or walking away, confident I’ll take them out before they burn. Set the timer for less time than you think you will need and check them more often than feels necessary. In the end, you will be rewarded with a perfectly crunchy, salty batch of garlic roasted almonds that would pair perfectly with that happy hour cocktail. Shot out to my grandparents, who have cocktail and snack time every evening, I think they would absolutely love these!
Smoked Paprika and Garlic Roasted Almonds
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the almonds and olive oil, stir with a spoon to coat. Add the smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt, toss to coat evenly.
Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, making sure they are spread evenly. Bake for 5 minutes, remove from oven to stir. Return the nuts to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on these, they can burn quickly!