I was at Trader Joe’s recently and spotted these Thai Chili Lime Almonds. They sounded delicious and I knew I had to make something similar.
As delicious as the Trader Joe’s ones look, there were a lot of ingredients in there I didn’t recognize. Check it out:
INGREDIENTS: Almonds, Tom Yum Powder (Maltodextrin, Salt, Sugar, Chili, Lemon Extract, Paprika, Lemongrass, Garlic Powder, White Pepper, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid), Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Rice Bran Oil, Salt.
I left out a bunch of the additives and chose to make my roasted almonds with good old, quality ingredients. And I could not stop eating them.
- 1 pound raw unsalted almonds
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
- zest from one lime (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
- Place parchment paper on a baking tray.
- Place almond mixture on parchment paper in an even layer.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool on baking tray before removing.
- Serve immediately. Store in airtight container for up to 7 days (if it lasts that long!)
I like spicy foods and these almonds have a nice little kick. Only one of my kids liked the spiciness of these (he’s the one that likes hot sauce too!) but I have faith the others will convert when they are a little older. The lime juice added with the maple syrup gives them the perfect sweet balance.
Remember just because they are healthier than other spiced nuts in the grocery stores, it doesn’t mean they are low calorie. Nuts are naturally high in fat, but they are filled with the good, heart-healthy fat. They are also high in calories so watch your portions. If I were you, I’d divide these babies up into individual portions. They are THAT good.
What’s your favorite snack? These are definitely one of mine now 🙂