Spicy Smoked Almonds

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These almonds have a spicy smoky flavor all done with the perfect concoction of spices right in your oven! No smoker needed.  Grab a handful for the perfect snack, or make them for your next get together and watch them disappear!


Spicy Smoked Almonds

Did you think when I mentioned Spicy Smoked Almonds that you’d need to be the proud owner of one of those fancy smokers? Nope! You’ll get that smoked flavor right in your very own oven! How cool is that?!

In February, we celebrate not only “Almond Day” (2/16),  but also National Snacking Month and American Heart Month! Healthy Heart Snacking with Almonds for the win!

Snacking on nuts is not only a simple and quick fix for when hunger strikes, but it’s also beneficial to your body, too!

Snacking that’s encouraged?  YES! Tell me more!

This post has been sponsored by California Almonds, but all opinions here are my own.  Thank you for supporting the companies and products that make An Affair from the Heart possible. 


Spicy Smoked Almonds

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Are Almonds good for me?

Oh, my, YES! You can get a lot of nutrition from one ounce of almonds. 

They are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium and provide 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.  Almonds are an excellent source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron, too.

Almonds are naturally gluten free, and cholesterol free.  They are full of that “good” unsaturated fat.

Recent research shows that crunching on 1.5 ounces of almonds daily curbs hunger without increasing calorie intake or body weight.


Spicy Smoked Almonds

Let’s get to snacking with this recipe for Spicy Smoked Almonds! I wasn’t sure what to name them, and calling them “smoked” gives the notion that they are made in a smoker, but the smoke of these almonds comes from a concoction of spices.


What do I need to make Spicy Smoked Almonds in my oven?

  • almonds
  • sugar and Kosher salt
  • white pepper, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika
  • chili powder, garlic powder, cumin
  • egg
  • Tobasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce

*Find the full printable recipe at the bottom of this post. 


Spicy Smoked Almonds

Using a Spanish style smoked paprika and white pepper gives the smokey flavor, while the spice comes from chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, and Tobasco sauce.


Spicy Smoked Almonds

Make an egg wash by whisking together a little water and egg white.



Spicy Smoked Almonds

Add in spices, whisk to combine.



Spicy Smoked Almonds

Mix in 1 pound of almonds until coated.



Spicy Smoked Almonds

Spread into an even layer on a cookie sheet and bake to dry.



Spicy Smoked Almonds

The outcome?  These smoky spicy coated almonds, just begging to be snacked on.


A Spicy Valentine Gift Idea with these Spicy Smoked Almonds

Here’s a fun idea for another February celebration!  Make up some cute tags, put these tasty almonds in little bags and share them with someone who spices up YOUR life!


Keeping the healthy in “Heart Day.” 


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Time to mix up a batch of these Spicy Smoked Almonds! Let’s heat up the oven and spicy up our healthy snacking!  M.



Spicy Smoked Almonds in a white bowl
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Spicy Smoked Almonds

These almonds have a spicy smoky flavor all done with the perfect concoction of spices. Grab a handful for the perfect snack, make them for your next get together and watch them disappear!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spicy Smoked Almonds
Servings: 1 pound
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 pound almonds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish style smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 3 dashes Tobasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
  • Combine dry ingredients (minus almonds) in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together water and egg white. Add in Worcestershire sauce and tobasco, stir to combine. Add in dry mixture and stir to incorporate.
  • Add in almonds. Stir to make sure they are evenly coated.
  • Spread onto prepared cookie sheet in an even layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Turn almonds over. Reduce heat to 275 degrees and bake for 45 minutes more.
  • Cool completely and transfer to an airtight container.


Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 353mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g


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    1. They aren’t sweet. That little bit of sugar helps with that caramelized coating on the almonds. I promise that they are nice and smokey! If you wanted to give them a little extra sprinkling of salt before you baked them, that would be an option. But be careful not to overdo it. Kosher salt is pretty salty already. 🙂

  1. Omg those are amazing. I tried them first time without sugar, were really good too. Second time with sugar and you were right they are not sweet they are just amazing. I skipped the spicy stuff because my 5 yr old boy just loves them. Thank you so much

    1. Hi, Dion! I haven’t made these in my air fryer. Typically though, when I use my air fryer, I set the temperature the same as I set my oven, and it cooks in about half the time. As long as there is plenty of room for the air to circulate, it should work just fine. YOu’ll just have to keep an eye on them. If you try it, I would love to hear how it went?

  2. I’ve tried several smoked almond recipes over the years and I’ve finally found the one I’ll stick with forever!
    Whilst cooking, the almonds were sticking together and I had a horrible feeling it wasn’t going to work, but I followed the recipe closely and they’ve worked out perfectly! They’re crunchy, tasty and so so good! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  3. WOW. What a great recipe. We’ve been buying smoked almonds that only have a little flavour on them. Won’t be buying them anymore.

    I think I’ll be making these every week if my husband has anything to do with it, but they are very easy to make!

    Thank you!

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