In the kitchen with Kelley: Spicy toasted almonds

Known as a superfood, almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. They’re associated with a number of health benefits, including lowering bad cholesterol and blood sugar.

And, according to the Almond Board of California, one ounce of almonds contains about the same amount of disease-fighting polyphenols thought to ward off heart disease and cancer, as a cup of broccoli or green tea.

Almonds are one of the lower-calorie nuts at 160 calories per ounce. They also contain more calcium than any other nut making them an excellent non-dairy source for strong bones (click here for more!), plus nearly 9 grams of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, 6 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber per ounce.

Almonds are a great snack to help you keep inches off your waistline. You can read more about that here.  All around, you just can’t go wrong with almonds. I hope you enjoy them plain or spiced a little as this recipe details.

Spicy toasted almonds
Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
20 mins
Author: Kelley Martin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine chili powder, olive oil, sea salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and pepper.
  3. Add almonds and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer mixture to a baking pan.
  5. Bake about 10 minutes or until almonds are toasted, stirring twice.
  6. Cool almonds completely before serving. The almonds will keep for five days in an airtight container.

Kelley Martin

By Kelley Martin

Kelley Martin is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the news for more than 20 years. She cooks for her family, and she shares recipes with the readers of Easy Health Options™.