Here is an easy and simple mouthwatering crunchy almond snack infused with a hint of garlic and salt. This is my personal garlic roasted almonds recipe and it’s addictive! These delicious almonds are full of flavor and can be made in 20 minutes. Enjoy them for entertaining or just a quick and healthy snack!
In this post I’ll be sharing how to roast the almonds, what kitchen equipment you need, and of course lots of helpful tips based on my own experiences.
Garlic Roasted Almonds
Making your own homemade garlic roasted almonds has a number of benefits. First, you have complete control over the quality of ingredients, and second it’s much more economical than buying them premade.
This recipe makes 1 cup of roasted almonds which is approximately 5 servings according to the Spruce Eats. A standard serving amount of raw almonds is 1 ounce or 28 whole almonds.
Fortunately, just like my roasted garlic pecans, this recipe uses very few ingredients, and odds are you probably have everything already in your home. Most grocery stores carry whole raw almonds. If you want to buy in bulk check out Amazon where you can purchase organic raw almonds.
- Whole raw almonds
- Unsalted butter – if you only have salted butter, that’s fine just cut back on the salt a bit.
- Sea salt or other non-table salt. Table salt is too fine and will make your almonds way too salty. I used pink Himalayan salt which I use in nearly all my Italian cooking.
- Garlic powder – I rarely use garlic powder in my Italian recipes, but in cases like this you need to use garlic powder.
What Baking Supplies You’ll Need
As you’ll see in my video, this is all you’ll need for roasting your almonds.
How to Make Garlic Roasted Almonds
Here are the steps for making garlic roasted almonds in an oven. For detailed measurements, use the recipe card at the bottom of this post. You’ll see my video there too.
To make this recipe preheat the oven to 300F.
Meanwhile melt the butter in a saucepan.
Add in the garlic powder and salt and mix with a spoon until well incorporated.
Add in the raw almonds stir until all almonds are coated with the garlic salt mixture.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 5 minutes then turn them over and bake another 5 minutes max.
Keep and eye on the almonds and don’t let them turn dark brown. As soon as they do, remove them because they are just about to burn within a second. Yes, that’s how sensitive they are.
PRO TIP: Always do a very small test batch of about 3 almonds. My oven may heat differently than yours and you don’t want to ruin a large batch of almonds!!
Tips for Roasting Almonds
There are some things I learned when creating this recipe. I want to share those tips with you now before we proceed with the step-by-step instructions.
- Set a timer when roasting the almonds so you don’t forget
- Always do a small test batch
- Let the roasted almonds cool before making a judgement call on flavor since the flavors mellow as they cool to room temperature.
Health Benefits of Garlic Roasted Almonds
What I love about this recipe is that these garlic roasted almonds are not only delicious, but there’s no guilt because almonds are loaded with nutrients such as healthy unsaturated fats!
- Healthy fats: Almonds are a great source of heart-healthy fats, which can help lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Protein: With 7g of plant protein per ounce (about 23 whole nuts), garlic roasted almonds are an excellent option for a protein-packed snack.
- Fiber: Almonds offer 4g of fiber per ounce. Fiber is helpful for improving digestion and it keeps us feeling fuller longer – which means we are less likely to overeat!
- Vitamin E: Almonds are also high in antioxidants, including vitamin E, which helps protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Calories: Garlic roasted almonds are a calorie-dense food, with about 160 calories per ounce or 23 nuts.
Garlic roasted almonds are also gluten-free, which is good news for anyone with gluten sensitivities.
Roasting Almonds in Butter vs Oil
For this recipe, I prefer to roast my almonds using butter vs oil. I like the rich, buttery taste along with the garlic we’ll use. I think it gives it a fuller flavor. But you can certainly try it with oil, but it would probably roast the almonds faster since it has a lower smoking point.
Shelf Life and Freshness
No one wants old soggy almonds, so it’s important to know how to store them properly. To keep their crunchiness, store them at room temperature for up to 2 to 4 weeks. It’s best to keep them away from direct sunlight or any heat source like a stove.
Storing in Airtight Containers
To ensure your garlic roasted almonds stay crunchy and delicious, store them in an airtight container. You can use glass, plastic or good plastic zip lock storage bags.
Freezing Garlic Roasted Almonds
When my husband and I make these, we know they’ll be gone too fast if we leave them out, so we always put a bunch in a small container and freeze them. He’ll take a handful out of the freezer and eat them as a healthy snack after they thaw a little. I prefer mine fully thawed.[mailerlite_form form_id=4]
How to Serve Garlic Roasted Almonds for Guests
So how do you actually serve your garlic roasted almonds to people?
I have found the best way to serve them is in a bowl. Since these are buttery, this means they don’t make the best literal finger foods. You’ll have butter fingers touching everything! Well, it’s not that bad, but to make it easy and clean, I recommend laying out spoons that people can use, or simply serve with a lot of napkins. 🙂
You can serve the roasted almonds for events such as cocktail parties, get- togethers, and you can even add them to your own DIY food basket! Check out my article on how to make an Italian food basket for more details.
Can You Use Slivered or Halved Almonds for this Recipe
The honest answer is I’ve never done it, so I can’t tell you how to roast almonds unless they are whole. I do think it could work as I’ve seen other recipes, but your cooking times would probably be less. Do a test and check first. But again, my recipe is for whole raw almonds.
If you try it another way let me know in the comments!
Additional Flavor Options
Even though my recipe uses garlic, there are plenty of other flavors you can use too. Keep in mind I haven’t tried these, but here are some flavors that you can add or change out.
- Chili powder
- Salt only – Some people prefer just roasted salted almonds.
- Add some dried herbs such as basil to the butter mixture then coat the almonds
If you have your own seasonings, let me know in the comments, I’d love to how you flavor your roasted almonds!
Recipes to Use with Garlic Roasted Almonds
Another thing I love about my garlic roasted almonds recipe is that I can incorporate them into other Mediterranean and Italian recipes. Personally, I like to add mine to salads, but here are some ideas for you.
Place the roasted salted almonds in a bowl with a serving spoon incorporated in your antipasto platter. Remember these are coated with butter, salt and garlic so using a spoon to serve and eat is helpful!
As I mentioned, tossing a handful onto your greens can really transform a simple Italian salad! You can serve with some creamy Italian dressing or even just olive oil and vinegar (my favorite).
Making my recipe for Italian green beans can pair nicely with the almonds.
If you love roasted almonds, check out my easy roasted garlic aioli recipe.
If you love almonds, you’ll love my classic almond biscotti recipe!
Here’s a delicious chocolate cake with almonds that you might enjoy for a nice dessert!
I hope you enjoy my recipe garlic roasted almonds. They are such easy snacks and they taste amazing. If you try them let me know in the comments below how you like them or if you did anything different to make them your own!
Garlic Roasted Almonds
- 1 cup raw whole almonds
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 300F
- In saucepan melt the butter over low heat.
- Once melted, add in the garlic powder and coarse salt. Stir until well incorporated. It will get clumpy. This takes only about 30 seconds or so.
- Add in the almonds and stir until almonds are coated with the butter and garlic mixture. This takes about 30 seconds.
- Pour the almonds onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment. If you don't have parchment, it's okay. Parchment just makes for an easier clean up.
- Spread out the almonds evenly and then bake for 7 minutes. Then, try to turn the almonds over as much as possible and bake for an additional 7 minutes.
- Remove promptly from oven and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
- If this is your first time making roasted almonds, then do a small test with a few almonds to ensure proper times due to oven differences. Almonds can burn quickly so be sure to keep and eye on them and time them!
- Flavors mellow as the roasted almonds cool down. So make any ingredient adjustments after you’ve taste tested them when they are not hot.
- Almonds are very hot right after being roasted in the oven so use caution.
- If you only have salted butter, cut back a tad on the salt if you are concerned.
- Freeze extra for long term storage. They’ll last 3 to 6 months. Let them come to room temperature.
- Watch my video to see how easy it it!