Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pizza Almonds

Adam brought home his almond jar for a refill this weekend, so I tried out a new recipe just to mix things up a bit.  Pizza may sound like an unusual flavour, but it works really well!  Just the smell of these in the oven made my mouth water. 

Almonds are such a great snack, as I always tell my weight-loss clients, because they are full of healthy fats, protein and fibre.  You just gotta keep your portion size under control (20-25)!  Of course, the healthiest way to eat them is plain, but I get it if you crave something with a little more pizazz.  Or pizzazz.  As long as you limit the oil you add, season away if it will keep you away from the vending machine.

Pizza Almonds

9 cups plain almonds (I got a honkin' bag from Costco)
1.5 tbls olive oil
2 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Crushed red chili flakes, to taste (optional)

Toss almonds with all the other ingredients in a very large bowl.  When the nuts are evenly coated in the seasoning mix, spread about 1/2 on a single layer on a large non-stick baking sheet.  Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.   Do not burn.  Let cool and then transfer to an airtight container.  Spread remaining 1/2 of almonds on baking sheet and repeat.  Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

I have shared this recipe with the Gluten-Free Friday Linkup.

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