I was stopping down at my friend Traci's to find out what I needed to know to take care of her sweet cat Stella and she told me I needed to try something she made because she thought I'd like it. Well, let's just say that was an understatement. I'm smitten with these Rosemary Almonds. The combination of slight sweetness with a bit of salt and the Rosemary is divine. If you like Rosemary that is, which I do. She was going to send me home with some in a beautiful little bowl which is so like her but I told her to keep the bowl because they weren't going to make it home. No sharing for me tonight. I think I ate them all before I got out of her driveway.
And when I took some with me when I met Jill for our Nourish to Flourish workday, I'm not sure how they made it untouched through that two-hour drive but they did and she loved them too. And so did my brothers-in-law. They were an official 'hit'.
They'll nourish your body with Friendly Fat and I'm guessing they'll nourish your spirit with a bit of delight. I don't have a dehydrator but they'd be yummy and more even more nutritious if you soaked them overnight in water with a sprinkle or two of sea salt and then dehydrated them, holding onto all the benefits of keeping them raw. Even if you use the oven method like in the recipe, you can still soak the almonds overnight to make them more digestible and get more nutrition from them. (Don't beat yourself up if you don't do the whole soaking thing and definitely don't imagine that I do this all the time because I don't. In fact I haven't done it in a while. In theory I would love to do this every time I eat nuts and seeds but then there's my REAL life and I don't always do what I know is the better way!)
- 1 + 1/2 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. crushed Rosemary
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
- Heat oven to 350.
- Combine all the ingredients.
- Transfer to a lined baking sheet. I use unbleached parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.
- Savor the whole experience of eating these delicious little savory sweets and maybe ask someone who loves you to hide some and ration them out to you each day!
P.S. I think these would be amazing with some other herbs too so here's a great visual guide to herbs so you (and I) can pick out another flavor version to try!
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