• Serves: 300g
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: EASY

Are you one of those people for whom hunger is a constant annoyance? For whom days have to be planned out around when, where and what you are going to consume, in order to ensure you are not left faint, unable to function like a normal human due to the intense growling in your stomach? Do you find yourself completely incapable of coping with the demands of your day-to-day existence unless properly fed?

If so, this recipe is for you. Almonds are incredibly nutritious, and also surprisingly effective at quelling hunger pangs. Although a handful of almonds might not look like much, trust me, this is coming from someone who is constantly starving and for whom tiny snacks just don’’t cut it.

Plain almonds can be a bit dry and mealy, these almonds, however, are another story. Roasted with tangy lemon zest and paprika along with a sprinkling of salt, they are ridiculously moreish, crunchy, smoky, salty and delicious. They take almost zero effort to prepare and can be kept in your bag as an emergency snack, or served to guests with drinks.

I love this particular combination of flavours, but you can make up your own and experiment by adding different flavourings to the egg white. Try cinnamon and honey for a sweet version, or chilli flakes and paprika for a spicy variety. Use cashews or peanuts instead of the almonds, if you like. Home-roasted nuts are well worth the effort.


here's what you'll need...

  • 300g whole, skin-on almonds
  • 1 medium egg white
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt

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set oven temp: 200C/gas mark 6

here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 200C (180C fan). Lightly beat the egg white in a medium bowl until starting to turn frothy.

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  • 2

    Finely grate the zest of the lemon then add to the egg white with the paprika.

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  • 3

    Add the almonds and stir well to coat evenly with the mixture.

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  • 4

    Add the salt and stir again to coat, then spread the almonds out on a piece of baking parchment on a baking tray.

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    Roast for 15 minutes or until golden, stirring once or twice during cooking to ensure they roast evenly.

  • 5

    Remove and leave to cool (if you have the willpower!)

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    What do you eat to keep hunger at bay?


By Elly McCausland on 08.09.14

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