Almonds have so many benefits. They have been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good cholesterol), they decrease after-meal blood sugar surges (decreasing the glycemic index of that meal), they lower risk of weight-gain, are cardio protective, they may prevent gallstones, they contain healthy flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamin E, B2, and contain loads of magnesium, manganese, and copper and are a highly concentrated source of protein. Go nuts! Enjoy almonds daily and reap healthy benefits!
Prep time: less than 15 minutes
1 lb whole unblanched almonds (with skins)
1/4 cup wheat-free tamari
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
Optional: pinch cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C)
Mix almonds with 1/4 cup tamari until thoroughly covered.
Place almonds on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Reserve any extra sauce in bowl; it will be used.
Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and place nuts back into same mixing bowl.
Sprinkle nuts with remaining 2 tbsp of tamari sauce and stir well.
Spread nuts onto same pan and continue baking until almonds are toasted and dry, ~ 9 - 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let nuts cool to room temp, ~ 20 minutes.
Store at room temp in airtight container, up to 2 weeks.
If they begin to soften crisp them up again in the oven for 5 minutes.