I’m always looking for more options for savory snacks to take when I go out and play. I work at REI, so I have daily access to granola and energy bars of all kinds, as well as goos, chews, and drink mixes. But they are ALL SWEET! I’m not a big sweets fan in general, but I’d be sick of it all even if I were.
Nuts are a great vegetarian source of protein, so I have lots of them around my house. They can be used in all sorts of dishes, but if you make them flavorful on their own, they are perfect to take with you wherever you may go. These orange sesame almonds are similar to the commonly found tamari almonds I’ve seen around, but offer a more subtle and bright flavor combination. I throw a jar of orange sesame almonds into my backpack and take them to work, to the climbing gym, or even skiing.
Orange Sesame Almonds
Prep Time / Cook Time/
Activity GuideBackpacking, Day Trip
- 2 cups whole raw almonds
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- Zest of one orange
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Orange slices
- Measuring spoons
- Microplane grater or zester
- Small bowl
- Half Sheet Pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix together oils, soy sauce, and orange zest.
- Place almonds onto your sheet pan and pour the oil mixture over the almonds. Toss to fully coat. Sprinkle with salt.
- Shake the pan until almonds are all in one layer. Add orange slices to the pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once, until almonds are toasted and crunchy.
- Let cool and transfer to a jar.