Smoked Almonds with Sea Salt

by Heather on January 10, 2012

I’ve never really been a very snacky person, believe it or not.

And by snacky I don’t mean I won’t normally eat a cookie (or 5) at afternoon office parties.  I just have never been one who loves planning out snacks and having little things to munch on between meals.  If I had my way I’d eat 3 bigger meals and do other stuff in between, like working out or taking a nap.

 

Maybe both at the same time…sometimes I’m feelin’ kinda crazy!

 

Regardless, I’ve been having to snack more lately due to:

  1. gestational diabetes
  2. the fact that my stomach is flattening like a pancake with the boy keeps growing
  3. I’m starving all the time and then take two bites and feel full

Reason enough, right?

On a semi-unrelated note, does anyone remember the traditional Chex Mix that you could make at home?  The one they used to have on the back of the package?  We used to make that and almost triple the recipe for the sauce because we wanted EXTRA Worchestershire, EXTRA garlic, EXTRA flavor.

 

And I may or may not have done this with my mom’s smoked almond/smoked pecan recipe because hey – if I’m having to snack and give up my prefereable routine, it’s on my terms.  And my terms are mo’ flavor = mo’ better.

 

Amen.

SMOKED ALMONDS WITH SEA SALT

  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp liquid smoked
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 200.  Whisk together the Worchestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and vegetable oil.  Toss in almonds and combine, then pour everything onto a sheet pan sprayed with nonstick spray.  Bake at 200 for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes until the almonds are toasted nicely and most of the liquid is gone.  Drain immediately on a few paper towels and sprinkle with sea salt.  Remove to a plate and let them completely dry before eating and/or storing in an air-tight container.

 

Devour.

If this is what snacks are about I’ll take ‘em – with a side of extra flavor please and thank you!

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1 Cassie January 10, 2012

These are awesome. I love almonds as snacks. Flavors are perfect for these!

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2 Robin Sue January 10, 2012

I like smoke! I like snacking too and have to find some healthier alternatives to all these Christmas cookies that are lying around- still.

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3 Krystina (Organically Me) January 10, 2012

These look great. I have a big tub of roasted almonds and they’re so plain that I just can’t seem to want to eat them. This looks like a great alternative!

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4 Urban Wife January 10, 2012

I plan my life around snacks. Straight up raw almonds are my top snack but sometimes they need a little omph. This is perfect!

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5 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 10, 2012

Almonds are delicious & I bet this just made them even better!

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6 Deanna B. January 10, 2012

I’m a hardcore snacker. And I love me some smokey flavor. These will be great when I go back to school.

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7 kyleen January 10, 2012

These almonds look so delicious! And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t eat almonds because she’s mildly allergic to them.

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8 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 10, 2012

Mmm these sound so yummy!

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9 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 10, 2012

I AM a big snacker– I’d rather snack all day than eat three meals, ha! These look great!

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10 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free January 10, 2012

I’ve been hearing about liquid smoke a lot lately. It sounds amazing! Where do find it?

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11 Heather January 10, 2012

it should just be at any normal grocery store, probably around the Worchestershire sauce! i think that’s where nate normally gets it :)

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12 beti January 10, 2012

it really is a great snack! everytime I go to the grocery store I always buy smoked almonds, but thanks for sharing this recipe, now I can make mine :)

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13 Diane {Created by Diane} January 13, 2012

they look great, I love snacks like these :) yum

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14 Aggie January 26, 2012

There are days where I feel snacky and days I don’t. I do like having almonds around though, and it’s funny but I picked up a container of some smoked one recently and am loving them! Very addictive.

I love making my own nut mixes at home though, especially for parties or to bring to someone elses home for a get together. These look delicious!

Hope you are feeling well :)

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15 Paula- bell'alimento February 9, 2012

Woah Mamma. I could eat a huge bowl of those : )

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