Spicy Roasted Almonds

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Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

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These Spicy Roasted Almonds can be prepared quickly and easily, taking less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Furthermore, there are just four ingredients. This makes them an ideal appetiser when you’re short of time or when unexpected guests arrive.

Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Why we love these Spicy Roasted Almonds:

I’m a huge fan of roasted nuts. It’s a simple process which intensifies their flavour and enhances their crispness.

And if almonds aren’t your favourite nut you could use raw cashews. Their gentle flavour works well with spice. However, I prefer to roast a single variety rather than a mixture as they roast at different times.

These nuts have a moderately spicy flavour. However, the amount of spice that you use is entirely up to you.

If you don’t want the almonds to have too much bite, reduce the amount of cayenne. But if you want the almonds to have some real “kick”, you may wish to add more to suit your personal taste.

I do, however, encourage caution. The amount of heat will depend on the freshness of the cayenne pepper and possibly on the brand.

We enjoy these roasted almonds as nibbles with drinks or to add textural interest to a salad. And, if like me, you often have a mid-afternoon hankering for a snack, these Spicy Roasted Almonds are ideal.

They are filling whilst also being nutritious and a few of these will tide me over until dinner time. And no guilt is attached.

Seasoned nut mixes can be expensive to buy which is one of the reasons that I prefer to make my own. In addition, I am able to use spices to suit my taste and know that the nuts have been freshly roasted.

Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

I use these ingredients in the Spicy Roasted Almonds:

Almonds:

Although we refer to almonds as nuts, in actual fact they are a stone fruit, related to peaches and plums.

They were one of the earliest domesticated fruit trees. According to Wikipedia there is evidence of their being cultivated in Jordan (Numeria) as early as 3,000 – 2,000 BC.

Nearly every ancient civilisation used almonds. An archaeological example is the fruit which was found in King Tutankhamen’s grave.

They can be eaten alone or ground into a flour which can be used in gluten-free baking.

They are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, contain generous amounts of dietary fibre along with healthy fats. In addition they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Bowl of raw almonds.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

Regular followers of the blog will know our love for this ingredient! I regularly use extra virgin olive oil for the best flavour.

Despite some reports to the contrary, extra virgin olive oil has a high smoke point and is suitable to use for cooking. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade of olive oil available.

Bowl of olive oil.

Sea salt flakes:

I prefer to use sea salt flakes, for better flavour and a slight crunch.

Bowl of sea salt flakes.

Cayenne pepper:

Cayenne pepper is made from dehydrated, ground cayenne chillies. The cayenne chilli is native to South America and is regarded as being moderately hot.

Chilli powder can be used as an alternative. However, the heat is not as consistent as cayenne pepper; chilli powder may be made from different varieties of chillies.

Bowl of cayenne pepper.

This is how I make the Spicy Roasted Almonds:

I toss the almonds, olive oil, cayenne and salt in a bowl, and place on a baking tray lined with parchment/baking paper. I then roast the almonds for 15 minutes, stirring them halfway through. Keep a close eye on the almonds in the final minutes to ensure they do not burn.

Be careful when opening the oven door. The active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin and the fumes which are released by the heat may be quite strong.

After the almonds are completely cool, store them in an airtight container.

Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Tips for Success:

As with any recipe, poor quality ingredients will produce a poor result. Buy good quality, fresh, raw almonds from a source that has a great turnover.

Do not crowd the baking tray; there needs to be room for the heat to circulate around the almonds. Moving them once or twice during roasting will help them roast more evenly.

Importantly, spice the almonds to suit your taste. Consider cumin, coriander, smoked paprika or turmeric.

Keep an eye on the nuts while they are roasting. They have a tendency to go from almost done to overdone the minute you turn your back.

Whilst some recipes recommend roasting nuts in a frying pan I prefer the oven method. Roasting in a frying pan may be slightly quicker but using the indirect heat of the oven means that the nuts will roast more evenly.

Be sure to remove the nuts from the baking tray as soon as you take them from the oven. Otherwise, the residual heat will mean that they will continue cooking and possibly become overdone.

To maintain freshness, store them in an airtight container for about a week.

Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

When it comes to serving:

These Spiced Roasted Almonds are ideal to serve with drinks. Place a bowl of them on the table and watch them disappear.

Alternatively, they are a healthy nibble, perfect to add to a lunch box or to enjoy when the mid-afternoon snack-attack strikes. In addition, I like to add them to salads to provide additional nutrients and to add textural contrast. They can be added whole or chopped a little according to your preference.

I also like to add some chopped almonds and parsley to top smooth, creamy soups. Depending on the flavour of the soup I may also add some lemon zest or crumbled blue cheese.

The Spicy Roasted Almonds also make a lovely gift. Put them into a pretty jar and tie a coloured ribbon around the top.

Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

More suggestions for these ingredients:

Almonds:

We love to use whole almonds, almond meal, flaked almonds and more! Here are some more almond recipes for you to try:

Cayenne Pepper:

An ingredient which adds a lovely bit of heat to your recipes! We also use it here:

Other delicious recipes for you to try:

Love nibbles and small bites as much as we do? They’re ideal for entertaining. Also, simple to make and delicious to eat!

Have a look at these recipes for some tasty inspiration!

It is so much more satisfying to serve nuts that you have roasted yourself. As we head towards festive and new year celebrations I am certain that you will find this quick and easy recipe very useful.

I would love to hear from you in the comments when you have tried this delicious recipe.

Alex xx

Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.
Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Spicy Roasted Almonds

You can have these tasty Spicy Roasted Almonds ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. They are ideal for many specific dietary requirements being gluten-free, vegan and low carb. Keep them in an airtight container and enjoy them often. This is one irresistible snack which carries no guilt.
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Appetiser, Nibbles, Snack
Cuisine: International
Keyword: almonds, cayenne pepper, delicious, easy, gluten free, roasted almonds, simple, spicy, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds See Note 1
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes See Note 2
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper See Note 3
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil See Note 4

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F).
    Line a baking tray with some baking/parchment paper.
  • Mix the almonds, oil, cayenne pepper and salt together in a bowl.
  • Place the coated almonds on the baking tray, and roast for 15 minutes in the oven.
    Turn the almonds halfway through to ensure even cooking. 
  • Serve immediately if enjoying warm, or allow to cool completely before storing.
    Spicy Roasted Almonds. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Notes

  1. Ensure your almonds are fresh and in good condition. (Rancid nuts are horrible, and broken nuts will become rancid quicker!)
  2.  You may need more salt – I taste at the end and adjust accordingly.
  3.  Similarly to the salt, you may need more (or less) cayenne. The strength of the cayenne will vary depending on the freshness.
  4.  I use olive oil, but grapeseed oil also works well.
  5. I recommend using baking/parchment paper to make cleaning easier.
  6. Allow the nuts to cool completely before storing, if not eating straight away.

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
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I'm Alex – a passionate foodie and writer. I love sharing delicious and simple recipes to inspire you in the kitchen. Try a recipe? I'd love to see your creations! #itsnotcomplicatedrecipes

38 Comments on “Spicy Roasted Almonds”

  1. 5 stars
    Definitely the type of snack you need very large quantities of – because they go so quickly! Love how easy they are to make and the fact that they are also a super healthy snack!

    1. Thank you Sylvie, I love a snack which is simple to make and doesn’t cause me guilt. This one fits the bill. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These are such a great snack with drinks and I love how they can be totally customised to suit your own tastes, though I love the combo you’ve used here

  3. 5 stars
    We always have almonds on hand for snacking. When the hunger bug strikes is so great being able to grab a few to get me through to my next meal. I’ll have to give these spicy roasted ones a try. They look delicious!

    1. Thank you Leanne, that hunger bug does strike regularly and these are a favourite solution. I do hope that you enjoy them. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I love the sound of these! I like to add something savory to my Christmas cookie trays and these would be perfect!

  5. 5 stars
    I absolutely love roasted almonds! Well, I love all nuts (pecans are probably my favorite)…they’re the perfect snack or appetizer along with drinks. Have you ever tried roasting them with a bit of maple syrup? So good!!

    1. David, like you I find nuts to be ideal as a snack or appetiser. And no, I have not yet tried them with maple syrup. That is a great idea, thank you. 🙂

    1. Thank you Kelly, this is a very versatile recipe, ideal to customise to suit your taste. I do hope that you enjoy the almonds. 🙂

    1. Yes, Tandy, there are so many variations to make. I love that we can choose our favourite herbs and spices. 🙂

    1. Thank you Taylor, I love that they are so quickly and easily made, ideal for festive celebrations. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    My sister in law makes a sweet version and while her’s are fab, I am not really into sweets as much as salty or spicy munchies. I am super excited to try these out since they are more my happy go-to place.

    1. I am delighted that you will try making these almonds Heidy, I look forward to hearing how you enjoy them. 🙂

    1. Cayenne pepper adds a little zing to these roasted nuts Julia, I do hope that you enjoy them. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Yum, these almonds sound crunchy and delicious and the perfect snack! I am a huge roasted nut fan and I look forward to trying these out.

  8. 5 stars
    These almonds are such a gorgeous colour and look so appetising too! I think they’d be a great addition at Christmas time as we always have lots of nuts to snack on when our families visit.

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