I am a HUGE almond fan! I actually begin to panic when I realize there aren’t any in the house! (Don’t believe me? Ask the hubster…he will vouch for my “nuttiness”! haha…I crack myself up.) They are my go-to snack when I’m hungry and just need a pick-me-up. I LOVE the flavor and the crunch!
I used to eat Smokehouse almonds…but about a year ago switched over to the Raw almonds because I knew they would be a lot healthier than all that salt. I liked those well enough until one day I spied the Unsalted Dry Roasted Almonds in our grocery store’s bulk food bins. I was HOOKED!
I realize that they’re probably not quite as healthy as the raw almonds (something about the roasting taking out the vitamins…or something like that) but I just love the flavor that the roasting brings out…not to mention the satisfying CRUNCH! :-) Ever since then I have been shelling out (get it…shelling? lol) $5.99 a pound for these babies! (Sometimes I can get them on sale for $4.99 a pound). That adds up when you buy as much as I do! Besides, half the time I go to buy some, the darn bin is EMPTY because apparently I’m not the ONLY one that likes them! Darn other shoppers, taking “my” almonds.
So, the other day my sister Rebecca and I were at Costco and came across the big bags of almonds they sell there. Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this idea…because it was big sis who came up with the idea of buying the big bag of Raw almonds and just roasting them at home. I have to admit that my first thought was “Well, I’m sure they won’t be the SAME!” And guess what? I was right! They weren’t the same…they were BETTER! I just couldn’t believe that my favorite almonds could be improved upon…but in THAT thinking…I was WRONG.
I Googled “how to roast almonds” (which is ridiculously easy by the way!) and 10 minutes later I had 3 pounds of DELICIOUS dry roasted almonds for $9.99 vs. the $17.97 the same amount would have cost me at the grocery store! Hard to argue with that!
How to dry roast almonds:
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread almonds on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until they are golden brown and fragrant. Note that because of their high oil content, the almonds will continue to roast after you remove them from the oven.