Homemade Tamari Almonds

As I mentioned in my “Why Vegan?” post I was diagnosed with an autonomic disorder in October of last year.  I have post orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).  One of the lifestyle modifications I have to make for this form of dysautonomia is to increase the amount of salt in my diet.  Eating more salt helps increase my blood volume, which is typically low.  I love salty snacks like chips, pretzels and pickles, but obviously they are not very nutrient dense.  I came across Tamari Almonds in Whole Foods and thought they would be a nice salty snack for when I am out and about.  Unfortunately they cost a fortune!  I did some research and developed my own Tamari Almond recipe that I love, and that is much more affordable.

Tamari Roasted AlmondsThis recipe starts with a 12 oz package of raw almonds.  I typically buy my almonds at Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market.  You begin by toasting the raw almonds for 10 minutes at 300 degrees F.

Raw AlmondsThen take the warm almonds from the oven and add them to a heat proof bowl.  Stir in 1/4 cup of Tamari and stir until the almonds and Tamari are well combined.  The almonds soak in the Tamari for 20 minutes.  I usually stir the almonds 2-3 times while they are soaking.  After 20 minutes the almonds will have soaked up most of the Tamari.

Almonds mixed with TamariThe final step is to pour the soaked almonds back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.  Put them back into the 300 degree F oven for 20 minutes.  At this point the almonds will have a dark brown coloring. They will seem a little soft, but they crisp up as they cool down.  If you find that the almonds are not crisp enough after they cool down just pop them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Tamari Almonds 2I love these almonds and so does everyone in my family.  I brought them to several holiday gatherings and received many requests for the recipe.  I try to always have them on hand for snacking or to top salads.

Please give them a try and let me know what you think.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Tamari Roasted Almonds
 
These homemade tamari almonds are a salty, savory snack. They are a perfect on the go snack or item to bring to your next gathering.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 16 oz Raw Almonds
  • ¼ cup Tamari
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 300 degrees F
  2. Place raw almonds on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Cook the almonds for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  4. Remove almonds from the oven and pour into a large bowl. Pour tamari over the warm almonds. Stir completely and soak in tamari for 20 min. Stir 1-2 times over the 20 minutes.
  5. Place soaked almonds back on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake soaked almonds for 20 minutes.
  6. When the almonds come out of the oven they will still be a bit soft. Almonds will firm up as they cool.

 

Farmers Market Trip

Every Saturday Trey and I head to the Farmers Market near our home.  The Farmers Market is a major component of my weekly shopping.  I find taking in all of the fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as freshly made breads and snacks, very inspiring for my week of making meals.

I am not someone who goes to the market and just buys what looks good.  If I did that I would come home with WAY too much food.  Everything looks good to me at the market!  I make a weekly meal plan keeping in mind what’s available at the Farmers Market.  My meal plan usually includes 4 specific dinners and basic ideas for lunches and breakfasts.  I then shop at Whole Foods, the Farmers Market and Trader Joes to buy all of my food for the week.

Danville Farmers Market

Trey comes with me on most Saturdays and it is a great way to inspire him to eat more fruits and vegetables. He loves trying samples at the different stands.  Fruits are always a favorite, but he finds vegetables that he likes as well.  I like that he has an understanding of food in its “raw” form, before preparation.  He also has an understanding that all food is not available all the time.  He knows that there is a strawberry season, a grape season etc.

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