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 I’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?