One thing I love about my CSA is the all the yummy almonds that I get year round. At first, I just snacked on them raw, but that got a little boring. So, I played around, did a lot of googling, and ended up with a recipe for sweet and spicy roasted almonds. The sweetness comes from maple syrup, which is very subtle, plays well with savory flavors, and most importantly, acts as a glue for keeping the spices on the almonds. As for the spice mix, I’ve played around with a variety of flavors. Some of my favorites are Cajun seasoned salt, like Tony Chachere’s, curry powder or garam masala.
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Almonds
- 1 lb almonds (~3 cups)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp spice mix + 1/2 tsp salt OR 2 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
Preheat oven to 400F. In a bowl mix ingredients, then spread on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the almonds are just becoming fragrant, shaking the cookie sheet halfway through. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet, then store in an airtight container. Makes 16 1 oz servings (~24 nuts).