Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Almonds

Almonds are known to have many healthy benefits, and this delicious treat has been my most recent snacking obsession. They are super easy to make, so I thought I'd share my new favorite with you. Go on, give 'em a try.

Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350°.

Get some almonds. All natural, unsalted, not roasted, just plain old almonds. I get this big bag at BJ's. To figure out how many almonds you'll need, spread them out on a cookie sheet or shallow pan in a single layer. Then dump them into a nice big bowl.

Next, go out to your garden and snip some fresh Rosemary. Pull the leaves off the stems and toss them into the bowl. If you don't have fresh, just use dried.

Next, peel and press a few cloves of garlic into the bowl. I usually use three.

Then add just enough oil to coat all of the almonds.

Add a little salt, and mix it up.

Lightly spray your pan with non-stick spray, and pour your mixture onto it. Try to get them to be a single layer, then pop those babies in the oven for 12 minutes at 350°.  (It should be noted, the cooking spray pictured above is my favorite. The ingredients are: olive oil. That's it. No propellants, or any other crazy chemicals. I can only find it at Wal-Mart, so I stock up whenever I'm there.)

If they come out looking shiny like in the picture below, it just means that you (or I) used too much olive oil. Cut it back a little next time, and dry them off on a paper towel. And try to keep little hands away long enough to take a picture.

Then enjoy your tasty, healthy snack.

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