DIY Snack: Parmesan Almonds

by Maris Callahan on January 25, 2011

Parmesan Almonds

Once upon a time, I was in an airport. I was hungry in said airport (why? because I’m ALWAYS hungry, that’s why). So, I stopped in a charming little Hudson News boutique planning to buy a Luna bar.

“Planning to” are the operative words here because when I approached the checkout counter the clerk informed me that the bar was $3.95. Yes, four dollars for a granola bar. Honestly, does anyone like Luna bars that much?


Needless to say, I waited until I got in the plane and let the airline pretzels tide me over but my point here? Snacks are expensive. Good snacks are expensive. Even if you’re playing the grocery game, it will cost more to buy snacks, in most cases, than it will to make your own.

So, I did. Awhile back, Sahale Snacks sent me a stash of their new seasoned nuts and I was pretty addicted to their Tuscan amonds. They taste like pizza. I’m not kidding. If you think that sound gross, then you’re probably correct. But they’re addicting. Addicting, but not addicting enough to buy them every time I’m at the grocery store.

I did what any rational food writer would do and I made my own. They weren’t quite as good as Sahale’s; they didn’t taste quite like ‘za, but they had a unique parmesan flavor that paired surprisingly well with almonds.

Parmesan Almonds

Parmesan Almonds
Serves 8

What You Need:

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 egg whites
2 cups whole almonds

How-To:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the egg white in a medium bowl with a wire wisk until peaks begin to form. Toss almonds in egg whites.

In another medium bowl, combine cheese, garlic powder, paprika and oregano. Toss almonds with spices until evenly coated. Spread into one layer on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, tossing every five minutes so the nuts roast evenly.

Let cool before serving.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Eliz@The Sweet Life January 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Wow–looks absolutely delicious. I like the concept of Sahale’s products but think they taste kind of funny.

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ashley@quasichick January 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm

That looks like a perfect recipe for a party or just a handy snack to have around!

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bellini January 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This takes one of my favourite snacks to a whole new level!!

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Joanne January 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Don’t even get me started on airport food. SUCH a rip-off!
I love your mentality…if it’s too expensive, make it yourself! These sound delicious!

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Cara January 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I’m totally darn curious about the parmesan-almond combo now. I love Sahale snacks – especially the sing buri cashews – now you’ve got me wondering how I can recreate them myself!

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Amanda January 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm

This looks delicious and so easy too!

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daryl January 26, 2011 at 5:04 am

When I saw this picture a oooh escaped from my mouth. These look incredibly delicious.

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Marilyn January 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

I can’t wait to try this one!!!

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Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie January 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

Yum! Airport food is sooo expensive! I usually try to bring something from home because I hate paying those prices!

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Caroline January 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

These look so good! And airports are such a rip off, I’d rather starve than pay 4 bucks for a granola bar!

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Steve January 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

Now these sound great!

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Rachel W. January 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Umm…pizza nuts sound AWESOME, what are you talking about? And these look pretty tasty too…sigh.

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Kate January 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Garlic, oregano, and parmesan? I’m all in!

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kat January 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

An interesting combination

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Joy January 29, 2011 at 5:43 am

These look delightful. I’d love to nibble on these over a couple of drinks with the girls, wouldn’t you?
Much better than a $4 granola bar. This fall I nearly bought a $9 bottle of water but I was fortunate to run into a very kind clerk at the news stand. Seriously, water?

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E.P. January 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I have never had anything like this before, but these almonds sound absolutely delicious! I might be giving these a try sometime soon!

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Daryl February 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I made them and they were as delicious as they look. Addictive! But… almonds are healthy, right!!!

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Kirsten is Comfortably Domestic March 24, 2011 at 12:37 am

Oh. My. These look wonderful! Great blog concept! BTW–Naked Grape Pinot Grigio is one of my faves.

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Dana May 9, 2011 at 4:35 am

Ohhh these look incredibly yummy!! Adding them to my must-try list!!

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Chrissy May 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Ohh man, these look so good! I love love love chowing down on raw almonds, but sometimes that gets so boring. These will surely take it up a notch! Thanks for sharing!

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G-Free Laura April 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

I just ate Sahale Snacks almonds for the first time which prompted me to search for a recipe that I could make myself! We are SO on the same page! Can’t wait to try this out!

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