Snacks

February 21, 2019

Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds

Bursting with smoky flavor these Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds are a tasty snack! Only three whole food plant-based ingredients.

This recipe is for my mom. She's always snacking on these store bought paprika almonds that are drenched in oil. I realized that I could roast some almonds without oil and still deliver the delicious taste of the store bought ones. Let me know if you like them, mom!

Almonds are so healthy but it made me sad oil masking their nutrient density. Many people consider oil a health food, but when you think about it you'll realize that oil is actually highly processed.

Oil is made by pressing the fat out of plants (like olives, coconuts, etc.). Oil has a big check mark next to plant-based but it is just a product of a plant, not a whole food. Does olive oil look anything like whole olives? Does vegetable oil look like vegetables? Nope.

Even 'healthy' oils like olive oil have negative effects on your body. They stiffen your arteries and affect their ability to dilate -- a necessary function. Further, oils contribute to the buildup of plaque along blood vessel walls, increasing heart attack risk. The fat in this plaque buildup releases free radicals that can damage blood vessels even more! (Read more here.)

You can easily get all the supposed health benefits of oils by eating whole food sources of fat -- like almonds! Both delicious and nutritious, almonds are one of the healthiest foods!

And these Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds are begging you to eat them!

How to make Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds

To make, start by soaking the almonds in water while you preheat the oven. This is what allows the paprika and salt to stick without using oil.

After about 10 minutes, or when the oven reaches 350, drain the almonds and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle on the paprika and salt. Stir to combine.

Roast for 10 minutes, stir, and then roast for another 5-10 minutes. You want the almonds to brown lightly but not burn. Let the almonds cool before eating. This helps them retain their crunch that they may have lost when you soaked them. Eat and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Jesus, thank you for giving us food that is good for us. Thank you for giving us science and technology that helps us discern what we should put in our bodies. Amen.

Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds

Bursting with smoky flavor these Smoked Paprika Roasted Almonds are a tasty snack! Only three whole food plant-based ingredients.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

10

min

cook:

20

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the almonds in water. Preheat the oven to 350. Allow the almonds to soak while the oven is preheating.
  2. When the oven is heated, drain the almonds and spread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the paprika and salt. Shake the pan to coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the almonds are lightly browned. Stir halfway though. Remove from the oven and let cool. Enjoy!
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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography