These Spiced Almonds are a delicious addition to your salads and also make a great snack! Be careful though. Roasted Spiced Almonds are strangely addictive. A bowl of these will disappear in a flash, so make sure that you make enough if you are entertaining.
Of all the foods I would be lost without, I'd have to say nuts would be near the top of my list. (Wine and coffee don't count as foods, right?)
They make near-daily appearances in my salads and are also my go-to snack.
I often buy my nuts raw, and I'm quite happy to eat them this way. However, being a salty girl, I enjoy them much more when they are seasoned.
The problem is that most commercially prepared nuts have ingredients in them that are questionable. And they aren't exactly budget-friendly. (Especially when there are teen and tween boys involved.)
Lately, I've been playing around with various nut seasonings, and it has become a regular thing around our house. It is so simple to do in the slow cooker, and I love that I'm saving money AND in control of every ingredient that goes into them.
These Spicy Slow Cooker Almonds make a great snack. They are the kind of thing you want to have on hand when you are entertaining or during the holidays when house guests arrive. I always feel so on the ball when I have homemade snacks like this.
(No one needs to know you spent all of 5 minutes on them!)
Seriously guys. This is one of the easiest snack recipes ever.
By the way, if you are looking to make a salad special this is a great way to accomplish that! I especially like these with a soft cheese like goat cheese and a little sweetness from fresh or dried fruit.
Tools for Making this Spiced Almonds Recipe:
Spiced Almonds Recipe
- 4 cups whole raw almonds
- 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons ground pepper
- Place the lid on your slow cooker and turn to high.
- Heat for 25 minutes. Add almonds, oil, garlic, paprika, onion powder, sea salt and ground pepper.
- Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 hours, stirring often.
- Turn heat to high and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring often. Serve warm or cool.
Variations for Spiced Almonds
- In place of the smoked paprika and onion powder add in 1 1/2 tablespoons dried rosemary.
- In place of the smoked paprika and onion powder add 1 tablespoon fresh minced thyme and 1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary.
- Omit the paprika and onion powder and use 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice and a pinch of cayenne pepper.