In our new column, The Basics, we’re bringing you our easy tips and tricks to help you navigate your anti-inflammatory pantry, fridge, and freezer to make your life more delicious. Today, we tackle how to roast nuts.
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If you haven’t roasted nuts yet, you are missing out on a heck of a lot of flavor in your life. Now, don’t get me wrong, eating raw nuts is fine and dandy but eating roasted nuts is mind-blowing. Literally mind-blowing. The difference between tasting a roasted nut and a raw nut is like night and day. If you’re someone who has only resorted to eating handfuls of nuts right out of the bag, that’s okay, but we assure you that you’ll never go back to non-roasted nuts after you try roasting them.
It’s easier than you think!
We suggest roasting a batch of nuts on Sunday nights to store in your fridge for the entire week so you can add them to recipes or grab a handful when you feel like your blood sugar is dropping. Having these roasted nuts on hand will help make your life easier and you won’t need to heat up your oven every time you want some more flavor.
After you try roasting nuts, let us know what you think down below in the comments or tag us on social media @TheHealthyApple; we love hearing from you!
So, let’s get started, shall we?
HOW TO ROAST NUTS
WHAT YOU NEED //
- Desired organic nuts of choice such as unsalted, raw almonds, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts and cashews
- Non-bleached parchment paper (below)
- Rimmed baking sheet (below)
optional: sea salt and other spices of choice
HOW TO ROAST NUTS //
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
STEP 2: Sprinkle nuts in an even layer across the prepared baking sheet, making sure they the nuts are not over-crowded. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven.
STEP 3: Roast the nuts until slightly darker in color and fragrant; they should smell toasty, not burnt. Bake time will vary based on the type of nut you are using.
Our suggested times for roasting nuts are as follows:
- Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts (any other nuts of that size): 7-10 minutes
- Pine nuts (any smaller or chopped nuts): 4-5 minutes
STEP 4: Remove the nuts from the oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving or storing.
LISTEN TO STEP-by-STEP DIRECTIONS
Click the PLAY button below to listen to Amie’s steps and tips for how to roast nuts.
HOW TO ADD FLAVOR //
Roasted nuts are delicious on their own. They’re much more flavorful than eating raw nuts. Trust us! However, if you’re in the mood for extra flavor, you have two options.
ADD SPICES: Before roasting, sprinkle the roasted nuts with 1/4-1/2 tsp. of any of the following or a combination of the following: sea salt, freshly ground pepper, ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper, finely chopped fresh rosemary, or any other flavoring of your choice.
ADD PURE MAPLE SYRUP: You can also roast nuts with pure maple syrup for an extra sweet treat. These are great for desserts as well as for the holidays.
HOW TO SERVE ROASTED NUTS //
Roasted nuts are incredibly versatile; they’re great in just about anything from salads to granola to pesto recipes, brownies and even served alone as a mid-day snack. We promise you the flavor of the nuts after roasting is 10x what it is before roasting. After this, you won’t go back to eating raw nuts ever again because the roasted ones taste SO much better and are SO much more satisfying.
ADDITIONAL TIPS //
When you are finished roasting the nuts, remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 5-10 minutes then transfer them to an air-tight glass container. Store them in the fridge (for up to 6 months) or in the freezer (for up to a year). We do NOT suggest storing any nuts (ever) in your pantry because they will go rancid due to the temperature.
Your best bet is to always store nuts in their raw or roasted form in your fridge or freezer. Otherwise, your nuts will likely accumulate mold and will taste stale. You can tell if nuts have gone bad if they smell unpleasant (we think they smell like crayons) or if they taste bitter or sour.
When you’re food shopping, try to buy organic nuts so you’re not getting pesticides and herbicides, which are sprayed heavily onto conventional (non-organic nuts), into your body. Here are The Benefits of Eating Organic.
OUR FAVORITE BRANDS OF ORGANIC NUTS //
As mentioned in Amie’s best-selling cookbook, Eating Clean, our favorite brands of organic nuts that you can easily purchase on Amazon are:
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