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Smoky Roasted Almonds

Smoky Roasted Almonds are a quick, easy, healthy snack that turn plain almonds into something extra special!

Say hello to these little bits of deliciousness…roasted almonds that are lightly flavored with smoked paprika, garlic powder, and seasoned salt. I think they’re absolutely irresistible!

So, can you believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving (and the beginning of the holiday {eating} season)?

In addition to the big feasts, I say you’ve also got to have some yummy little nibbles for pre-dinner noshing. Once the smells of all that food cooking start to fill the house, everyone’s appetites start to kick in!

I like to keep things simple and on the lighter side when it comes to appetizers for these big meals because I still want everyone to be plenty hungry when it’s time to eat the food that I’ve spent hours preparing.

These Smoky Roasted Almonds fit the bill perfectly. They also go really well with drinks. Plus, almonds are just an all-around good-for-your snack, so you can enjoy them any time all year long!

When I first made these, I was thinking of smokehouse almonds, which I absolutely love. I haven’t had them in what seems like forever (no idea why), but that was the type of flavor I was going for.

Also, the smoked paprika in my spice cabinet has been saying, “Hey, you haven’t used me in a while,” which sealed the deal.

I have to say that they turned out fantastic and are definitely a new favorite that I will be making often!

roasted almonds on a baking sheet

Ingredients you need:

  • Whole raw unsalted almonds (not roasted)
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Seasoned salt

Here’s a look at how to make Smoky Roasted Almonds:

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two images showing the steps to make smoky roasted almonds
two images showing how to make smoky roasted almonds

Tips & Tidbits:

  • Be sure to start with raw unsalted whole almonds and not roasted or salted almonds. You don’t want the almonds roasted twice, which could make them taste burnt, and you don’t want them to be too salty.
  • I was not looking for a super smoky flavor here, so I think these are pretty perfect as is, but feel free to adjust the spices to suit your own tastes. You could even add a little cayenne or chipotle chili powder (also smoky) if you want them to have some spicy heat!
  • And just think of the flavor possibilities. You could experiment and spice up your nuts any way you want!
  • These would make a nice homemade gift for the nut-lovers in your life!
hand reaching into a bowl of smoky roasted almonds

Be sure to check out the list below or my appetizers and snacks page for even more ideas!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Smoky Roasted Almonds

These Smoky Roasted Almonds are a quick, easy, healthy snack that turn plain almonds into something extra special and delicious!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 8 (1/4 cup each)
Estimated Calories: 185


  • 2 cups whole raw unsalted almonds
  • 2 teaspoons regular olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well-combined and the almonds are evenly coated.
  • Spread the almonds out in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during the cooking time (or just give the pan a gentle shake), until the almonds are nicely toasted. Keep an eye on them in those last few minutes to make sure they don't get too dark and that the spices don't burn.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, place on a wire cooling rack, and allow to cool completely (about 30 minutes). Enjoy!


  • Store cooled almonds in an airtight container at room temperature. They should last at least a week or two. 
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Tuesday 26th of December 2023

I was given a huge bag of unsalted roasted almonds and decided to try the recipe even though they were already roasted. I cut the recipe in half in case it didn’t work. I carefully watched to be sure they didn’t burn. They turned out great!


Wednesday 27th of December 2023

That's so great to hear, Mary! Thank you for sharing this with us!


Friday 22nd of December 2023

I made these per recipe. There is not near enough seasoning. Won't make again.


Friday 22nd of December 2023

You could always add more seasoning if that is your preference. We all have different tastes!

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Thursday 10th of December 2020

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