Tamari Almonds

Is is possible that Christmas is behind us and a new year is just a day away? Where does the time go? For all those who celebrated, I hope your day was merry. I hosted breakfast at our house and then we joined my husband’s side of the family for dinner.  Since then, we’ve been enjoying some unplugged time with family and friends.  And the sun actually came out here for the first time in weeks!  That alone was reason to celebrate and take a few long walks with our dog, Angus. (Who is making his Fountain Avenue Kitchen debut, below.)

Amidst all the cookies, I’ve been munching on a lot of tamari almonds recently, so I figured it was time to take a picture and share the recipe. I first bought a bag of tamari almonds years ago and thought they were The. Best. Thing. Ever.  When I realized how easy they were to make, I was delighted. These flavorful bites offer a satisfying crunch and a hint of saltiness while providing all the benefits of heart healthy almonds: protein, fiber, magnesium, Vitamin E, copper, and good-for-you mono- and polyunsaturated fats, and more.

I’m not saying these will make potato chips obsolete, but they definitely satisfy when the craving for something salty strikes. They also make a simple yet special appetizer to put out when company arrives.

Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!

Tamari Almonds
Yields 8 (1/4 cup) servings.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium tamari
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (see notes)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spread the plain almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until lightly toasted, 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
  2. Transfer the hot almonds to a bowl and drizzle the tamari sauce overtop. Stir to evenly coat.
  3. Spread the almonds in an even layer on the same parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, and then stir the almonds. Return to the oven for a couple minutes more (2-5 depending on the oven) or until the almonds are dry. (A little bit of moisture is fine; this will dry as the almonds cool.) Watch the nuts carefully after the first 5 minutes so they do not burn.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. The nuts will firm up as they cool. For an optional spicy kick, you may sprinkle the almonds lightly with cayenne pepper while they are still warm.
Notes
  • As an option, I like to sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt over the tamari-coated almonds after they have baked the first five minutes and have been stirred well. This way, a little salt clings to the exterior, adding a nice finishing touch. The tamari does provide a level of saltiness, however, so if you prefer a very lightly salted nut, you may wish to try without first.
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IMG_8330If you like to buy in bulk, Nuts.com is a great place to buy raw almonds and any other type of nut you can imagine.

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Apparently I have never shared a photo of our dog before. So, meet our 10-year-old Springer Spaniel, Angus…gearing up for his walk!

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  1. Mary Lou Keller

    Good morning Ann! I have not checked in in a while..This recipe came up in my email this morning and it stopped me in my tracks, I too absolutely LOVE Tamari almonds! I became obsessed with them a couple of years ago and get them when I see a good price on them. I will have to try making my own. I have some tamari sauce at home that I have never opened, because the sodium content is outrageous!
    I will have to find the low sodium variety.

    I have also had some tamari/wasabi almonds that were delicious and not too spicy.

    Have a wonderful New Year Ann, I can’t believe 2014 is almost over. It sure went quickly!

    BTW, Angus is a very handsome pup.

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    1. Ann

      Thank you, Mary Lou! I think you will enjoy making these yourself, and I love the wasabi idea. Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year, too!

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  3. Emily

    I made these yesterday and can’t stop snacking on them. They are exactly like the ones I sometimes treat myself to at a natural foods store nearby. Who knew they were so easy?

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  4. Mary Lou Keller

    Just made these Ann. Thank you so much for this recipe. Fabulous And so easy and much cheaper than buying them already roasted in tamari.

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  7. Mary Lou Keller

    Well hello Ann! Here it is 2018, can you believe it? I looked up this recipe again, I’ve been wanting to make them again. For quite a while now!!
    I am making them in my airfryer! I love this thing, it is easy to use and doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Of course it is cold and snowing today.. I will let you know how they turn out.
    My sympathies also on loss of your sweet pup. I know how much it hurts, they are never with us long enough it seems.
    PS.. Almonds are great!!

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    1. Ann Post author

      Hello there! SO good to “see” you, Mary Lou! I’m so glad you returned for this recipe and I’d love to know how they worked in the air fryer. I almost bought one several months ago but never took the plunge. Perhaps one of these days! Thank you also for the kind words about Angus. He was a wonderful dog and we were lucky to have him for so many years…but he sure is missed!

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      1. Mary Lou Keller

        Ann, they are PERFECT!! Takes a bit less time than the oven, and not having to heat up the kitchen is best part! Although this last month it has been so cold and not remotely like spring I almost want to turn it on to stay warm!

        I highly recommend and airfryer, between that and my InsantPot, I am in cooking heaven!
        I promise to check in more often.

        Take care!

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        1. Ann Post author

          That’s fantastic! And I know what you mean about this weather. It’s been unseasonably cold here, too, and I’ve been known to hover by the open oven door. I finally broke down and got an InstantPot for Christmas. I’ve been using it for ribs and others meats but haven’t truly experimented enough. Feel free to share any InstantPot favorites and I look forward to more frequent visits!

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  8. Mary Lou Keller

    Hi Ann!! I just made a batch of these… In my airfryer! They come out perfect and in little less time. They are still my go to snack.

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    1. Ann Post author

      So good to see your comment, Mary Lou! I’m thrilled these are also an airfryer success and hope all is well with you!

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