Lucky for Aars, he’s not allergic to tree nuts, so they are a great source of good fats/oils and protein in his diet. Groundnuts (aka peanuts) are a different story.
During the summer we visited my sister and her family in Malibu. A stunning part of this world, and with soooo many options for those who have severe allergies to egg, dairy, soya… Aars got to eat some wondrous food as well as devour insane amounts of cashew nuts!
I was especially blown away by the tasty almonds and returned to the UK keen to keep on eating them. They were not the same! Not as sun-kissed, crunchy or toasty – as I pondered, I wondered if the ones in Malibu had been toasted or roasted. Starbucks sell a small pack of roasted almonds, so I purchased one to try – they were exactly like the ones I’d lived on in Malibu.
So very simple today – how to roast your own almonds. I buy them in bags of 750g from Sainsburys (useful for fellow Brits).
Sun-Kissed (roasted) Malibu Almonds – Ingredients List
Sun-Kissed (roasted) Malibu Almonds – Process
- preheat oven to 180C
- lay out almonds on a baking tray so that they have space and are not overlapping – see pic!
- once the oven is hot – pop them in for 4 mins
- get them out – the smell is divine; draws Aars into the kitchen within seconds
- allow to cool
- crunch, munch and enjoy (they get crunchier as they cool!)
We store the excess in a Kilner jar – keeps us going for a few days until the next roasting session (and much cheaper than Starbucks)! This tray contains all the nuts in the Kilner jar pictured above (minus a few that I munched along the way)
Almonds are a great source of vitamin A and calcium which is great for children with dairy allergies – you can google to find out all the other health benefits.