Roasting almonds at home provides a fresh, tasty snack or addition to salads, pasta and other dishes. The cooking process adds a pleasant crunch to the texture of the nuts and makes their natural flavor more pronounced. By dusting them in cocoa powder, you impart a rich, chocolatey depth of flavor that complements a wide variety of desserts. Or, eat them by the handful as a snack. This simple item takes less than 20 minutes of prep and cooking time.
Things You'll Need
- Unsalted butter
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Mixing bowl
- Cocoa powder
- Spoon or stirrer
- Baking tray
Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in the microwave per cup of whole raw almonds. Pour it into a large mixing bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder per cup of almonds into the mixing bowl and stir it into the butter.
Stir in additional complementary seasonings as desired. For example, a few dashes of sea salt make the other flavors bolder. Or, give the roasted almonds a touch of heat by adding 1 teaspoon of chili powder per cup of almonds.
Dump the almonds into the mixing bowl and toss them thoroughly to fully coat them.
Spread the cocoa almonds out in a single layer over a rimmed baking tray and put them into the middle of the oven. Stir after 5 or 6 minutes; then continue cooking for about another 5 to 6 minutes, until the aroma of the nuts is strong, and they're crisply toasted.
Transfer the roasted almonds off the baking tray onto another dish to cool for up to 1 hour.