Toasted nuts taste better

I always add toasted almonds or walnuts to my oatmeal- they add a nice crunch and an amazing flavor. Toasting nuts releases the oils inside, causing them to become more fragrant and flavorful than in their raw state. Toasted nuts offer a great contribution to breakfast cereals, baked goods, salads, or on top of many meat entrees. If I just put plain nuts in my oatmeal, they would likely fade into the background and all Iā€™d be doing is adding a crunchy texture.

It is so easy to toast nuts- all you need is a baking sheet and an oven glove…and an oven :). Just heat your oven to 350 degrees, dump a bag of nuts on a baking sheet, and bake for the appropriate time for the nut being toasted. Ovens have varying heat distribution (unless you have a convection oven), so be sure to stay near the kitchen; you’ll smell the wonderful aroma of the nuts when they get close to being done, but leave them in for too long and they’ll burn!

Almonds (sliced) 7-10 minutes
Almonds (whole) 10 minutes
Chestnuts 25 minutes
Hazelnuts 12-15 minutes
Macadamia Nuts 12-15 minutes
Pecans 10-15 minutes
Pine Nuts 5 minutes
Walnuts 10-15 minutes
Peanuts (in shell) 15-20 minutes
Peanuts (shelled) 20-25 minutes

What is your favorite use of toasted nuts?

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9 thoughts on “Toasted nuts taste better”

  1. I love toasted nuts and use them all the time in homemade granola. The only thing I hate about nuts is how expensive they are! Any suggestions for cheap nuts? šŸ™‚

    1. They are expensive…the cheapest I find walnuts & almonds is $3.99/lb. Walnuts are $6.99 at Meijer now, so I skipped them. When I do find a sale, I stock up and put the extra bags in the freezer. You can try checking 3 places for different prices at the store- the bulk bins, near the produce section, and in the baking aisle. There’s different brands in each area and sometimes I find better deals in the baking aisle. Now go find some cheap nuts!

      1. Ugh. There is no meijer in the south! And none of the grocery stores have bulk food aisles so we’re stuck paying $7-$10/lb for our nuttys šŸ™

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