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Roasted almonds are a healthy, grab-n-go, low carb snack. These spicy nuts  will put a little pep in your step, and they are delicious any time of the day. Even better, this roasted nuts recipe is gluten free, low carb, and clean eating!

Spicy Roasted Almonds in a small white serving bowl with a kitchen towel laying just behind the bowl.

Almonds (as well as coconut) seem to be a major player in a clean eating, low carb lifestyle. The more research I do, the more I realize that, apart from meats, healthy fats and low-starch veggies, almonds are a great way to supplement your eating plan.

In fact, unless you have a nut allergy, they are pretty much one of the very few ways you can still eat breads of any kind while eating low carb. And if you count net carbs, you’re in even better shape because nearly half of the carbs go away thanks to the fiber!

But when you aren’t baking them into a bread or tortilla, you can enjoy them as a healthy, low carb snack as well. In small amounts, almonds are a perfectly acceptable snack for low carb and keto dieters of any kind. The only thing is that almonds, as great as they are, can get a little boring if you eat them regularly.

An up close side view of a small white bowl filled with Spicy Roasted Almonds.

Spicy Roasted Almonds

So I decided to spice things up a little with this recipe for spicy roasted almonds! And it occurred to me while I was making these that regardless of their low carb status, most adults who enjoy spicy foods will probably enjoy these. So while I only made a single batch for myself, you may want to consider making a double batch to share. Because those around you are sure to want a few of these as well.

What You’ll Need

1 cup raw almonds – Make sure these are raw. If you use already-roasted almonds, they will be way over-roasted when you are done with this recipe. They will effectively be burnt.

1 ½ tsp. oil – You can use whichever oil you feel good using. Whatever you have on hand in the kitchen will work fine. That being said, stay away from oils that have very low smoke points. They can leave a bad flavor on your almonds. Examples of low smoke point oils are flaxseed oil, pumpkin seed oil or walnut oil.

1 tsp. garlic powder – I always use garlic granules, but garlic powder works just fine, and is what people usually have on hand.

1 tsp. paprika – If you want a smokier flavor, you can use smoked paprika. But it’s not necessary. The regular variety is what I used here and it was delicious.

½ tsp. cayenne – This amount is adjustable. Feel free to use less or more as you like. These are meant to be spicy though. If you start with less, you can always sprinkle on a little extra for extra heat after the almonds are roasted.

½ tsp. cinnamon – Makes sure your cinnamon isn’t a cinnamon/sugar mix. You want just plain cinnamon here.

¼ tsp. salt – You can add this into the spice mix, or wait until the almonds are roasted to see if you want to add any. I used a pink Himalayan salt. But any type of salt will do well here. A nice finishing salt would be tasty.

How To Make Spicy Roasted Almonds

A small bowl of almonds, a bowl of oil and a bowl of spices sitting next to each other.

Preheat oven to 325 F. and gather all your ingredients.

Mixing the almonds and spices together with the oil in a small, white mixing bowl.

Stir all ingredients together in a small to medium mixing bowl until the almonds are well coated.

The prepared almonds spread out on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.

Spread the nuts out over a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Stir half way through the baking time.

The finished, roasted almonds, just out of the oven. A spoon holds a few of them close to the camera.

Note: Keep an eye on these in the last 5 minutes of baking as they can go from baked to burnt pretty quickly.

An overhead view of the almonds din a small white serving dish.

How To Serve Spicy Roasted Almonds

  • Small Party Bowl – These are a great party snack to just set in a bowl on the appetizer table. They let people munch without killing their appetite for the main course.
  • Grab-N-Go – Put these in a small Tupperware container and stash them in your back for a midday snack.
  • With Wine – If you are having people over for a glass of wine, these will pair well with a Riesling or Malvasia Bianca. Something on the sweeter side pairs well with spicy almonds.
  • On Salads – Adding these to a salad with a dressing that has a bit of sweetness to it will really jazz up your salad!

How To Store Roasted Almonds

Keep these in a glass jar or container. I like to store mine in the fridge. Roasted almonds will stay good for up to 1 year if kept in the fridge.

If you keep them in a pantry, you’ll want to eat them within about 2 weeks.

Can You Freeze Roasted Almonds?

Absolutely! In fact, roasted almonds will last up to 2 years or more in the freezer. So it’s a great way to store them, and they don’t require much defrosting. They easily go from frozen to room temperature in a approximately 30-60 minutes.

If you plan on freezing roasted almonds for a longer period of time, it is highly recommended that you double bag them in zipper-top freezer bags. Double bagging will help keep them from taking on flavors from the freezer. If you’ve ever tasted something with “freezer flavor”, you know what I mean.

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Spicy Roasted Almonds in a small white serving bowl with a kitchen towel laying just behind the bowl.

Spicy Roasted Almonds (Low Carb Snack)

These delicious spicy roasted almonds make a handy grab-n-go, low carb snack any time of day!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 232kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper (not wax paper)
  • Small to medium mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups/spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 ½ tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. cayenne
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt or to taste after cooking

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. and gather your ingredients.
    Spicy Roasted Almonds Recipe Ingredients. A small bowl of almonds, a bowl of oil and a bowl of spices sitting next to each other.
  • Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until the almonds are well coated.
    Mixing the almonds and spices together with the oil in a small, white mixing bowl.
  • Spread the nuts out over a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Stir half way through the baking time.
    The prepared almonds spread out on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.
  • Note: Keep an eye on these in the last 5 minutes of baking as they can go from baked to burnt pretty quickly.
    The finished, roasted almonds, just out of the oven. A spoon holds a few of them close to the camera.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 12/27/14.

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16 Comments

  1. Made these for hubby tonight and they were a huge hit!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      RLD – Fantastic! 😀

  2. Super yummy! I love how it is a savory almond recipe versus sweet.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stefanie – Awesome!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  3. Carol Humbert says:

    Tried this with one exception, I added walnuts, pistachios and unsalted peanuts to the almonds. It was delicious on all four types of nuts.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carol – Oh yay!!! That’s awesome! Thanks for the feedback! 😀

  4. Made these and the spice mix was delicious. The only problem is that the spices didn’t stay stuck to the almonds for long. I stored them in a small plastic storage container, and took them to a picnic. When I opened them to serve almost all the spice mix was sitting at the bottom of the container, with naked almonds sitting on top. I’m guessing the bouncing around in the container knocked the seasonings off.

    So, I’m not sure how often I’ll make this again. If it’s a party and I’m going to serve them all right away, and don’t expect to store any after, OK. But as it didn’t stand up as a take-away snack, portability is an issue.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lety- Good to know! Thanks for the feedback! I did eat these right away, so that is an element I would not really have noticed. However, a quick spray with an oil sprayer and a quick toss in a zipper-top bag would easily coat them again.

  5. elaine hopkins says:

    How long will these keep for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elaine – About 1 week in the fridge. Maybe 2. Longer in the freezer.

  6. Leo Martin says:

    Isn’t that raw almond has to be soak in water overnight before cooking?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leo – Some people soak nuts overnight to aid in digestion, from what I’ve read. But I’ve never done it myself except for with walnuts. It’s up to you. 🙂

  7. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Spicy but delicious! So healthy and so quick and easy to make!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elizabeth – So happy you enjoyed them! They are definitely for spice lovers. But you can easily cut back or leave out the spice if it’s too much. Enjoy! 🙂

  8. Cynthia Lecours says:

    Just made these and they are delicious. Threw everything into a Ziploc bag while combining ingredients and it was super easy! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cynthia – Fantastic! I’m so happy you liked them! 😀

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