Today I was looking in the pantry trying to figure out the best way to take what I had and give it a new spin. I saw that I had almonds, but they are just plain almonds: no seasonings no ways of making them better, and I starting thinking about how to create this into something new!
I remembered back when Pam Leveritt came to me and helped me with different techniques to cook food. I remembered she talked about toasting your almonds and how this brings out the flavor. Well, let me just say, she was right!! I took three cups of almonds and placed them on a baking sheet and sprayed the pan with non stick olive oil spray and then split them into three groups. One I left plain, one I sprinkled with cinnamon and stevia and one I sprinkled with sea salt. After reading many sites I decided to toast them in this way: I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. I placed the almonds in the middle of the oven and after five minutes I took them out and turned them. I then put them back into the oven for five to seven more minutes and took them out. The more I read, the more I realized that some people found nuts can be tricky to toast. If you leave them in for too long then they can overcook. You want to cook the nuts until they are a darkened color and it will start to smell nutty. After you turn them, I think it would probably be smart to check them every couple of minutes, just to be sure not to overcook. I was amazed at the difference that ten minutes made! I liked the plain ones, because toasting really enriched the flavor. The salty ones were wonderful and made a great snack if you are ever craving salt. My favorite ones however were the cinnamon and stevia nuts. They made a sweet savory snack. I am very excited to have this healthy snack around to aid me on my health journey.