Smoked Almonds

A snack or canapé for Fodmap, Diabetic and Vegan diets.

Nuts are an important source of protein for vegans and some vegetarians and an excellent source of the omega 3 and 6 fats which are nutritionally important for us all. While some people are concerned about fats in their diets, nuts are eaten in relatively small quantities, so the fats are a positive addition to our diet not a calorie concern.

Roasting nuts changes the texture and taste, I think enhances them. When roasting nuts I would generally recommend you dry roast, not adding any oil to the tray (see below). This recipe requires the addition of a little oil so the spices adhere to the nuts.

Diets for which Smoked Almonds are suitable:

Dairy Free, Diabetic, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan.

Ingredients

Preparation: 5 mins | Cooking: 10 + 5 mins | Serves: 1 cup

150 gm (1 cup) almonds*
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt

Method

PREHEAT the oven to 140 C/325 F/Gas 3.
PLACE the nuts on a tray and bake 10 minutes (longer if you want a strong toasted flavour and more crunch). During cooking shake the nuts, to rotate them.
COOL slightly and add the oil.
SPRINKLE on the paprika and salt and toss through.
RETURN to the oven for 5 – 10 minutes taking care not to burn the spice.
COOL and store in airtight container.

Serve

– Remain fresh for weeks when stored in airtight container

Notes

* Fodmap diets are sometimes limited to the quantity of almonds eaten. If this is the case, replace the almonds with macadamia, peanut, pecan or walnuts (or a mix of all).

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