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.

 

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Comments

  1. Garrett says

    This recipe sounds great! One small question I have though: My local grocery store does not carry Tamari (that I can find) but after doing some reading I found that Tamari and Soy sauce are extremely similar aside from wheat content. Now I am not a vegan and am not overly concerned with whether my food is gluten free or not, would this recipe be affected if I used soy sauce rather than tamari?

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Garrett – I think soy sauce would work just fine in this recipe. Tamari has a somewhat richer flavor than soy sauce, but if you can’t find Tamari soy sauce is a good option. If you give the recipe a try let me know how it turns out.

      • Garrett says

        Hello Gretchen.

        I am thrilled to tell you that the recipe turned out to be a resounding success. I can’t repeat the words my mother said immediately after trying them as I don’t know what this site’s policy on bad language is, suffice it to say she and the rest of my family enjoyed it.

        My family and I have been snacking on them all day. While I haven’t tried the recipe with Tamari and thus cannot attest to how soy sauce works as a substitute, I can tell you that using soy sauce is in no way a poor decision if Tamari is not on hand.

        Thank you for the excellent recipe, I can assure you it will be used quite frequently around the house.

        • vegangretchen says

          So glad to know the soy sauce worked well Garrett! This is one of our families favorite recipes as well.

  2. David says

    Is there a difference between starting with raw almonds vs. buying already roasted almonds?

    BTW, I love the fact that this recipe uses only Tamari sauce, with not added sugar, salt or spices.

    At our house, we use San-J Organic Gluten-free Low-Sodium Tamari. Perhaps, for this recipe, I should buy some non-low sodium.

    The San-J low-sodium is nice because San-J doesn’t just dilute the Tamari to cut the saltiness. They add extra soy beans to increase the flavor at the same time.

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi David – I use raw almonds because they roast while they cook. I haven’t tried the recipe with already roasted almonds. My concern would be that the almonds would over roast/burn while the Tamari cooks in. Definitely let me know if you try the recipe with the low-sodium tamari. I would assume it will still be delicious. Thanks for reading!

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