Smoked without Smoke

I will not be telling you about nutritional value or the infinite health benefits of almonds, the internet is full of such content. I will however, be telling you about flavours and memories, which are my absolute favourite things and are my ingredients for #FoodForSoul

There is a specific sophistication in the palate of smoked foods and I always find it delightful. From the popular smoked salmon to less popular smoked foods such as a most wonderful smoked basil ice-cream which I recently had at a restaurant in Barcelona and anything that resides in the levels in between the two, smoked foods are very interesting to say the least.

Therefore I chose to post a recipe for a smoked snack, because these days I am munching on these all the time and happily snacking away like they will disappear tomorrow!! These¬†amazing smoked almonds are really the most delightful of snacks. For those of you who are buying my smoked spices, this recipe here is for you, as promised, to show you how to best use them ūüôā

With that said, in the description below you will see how to adapt this recipe to your preferred type of nuts and even different flavours. Then in the article on this link, I am also showing you how you can adapt this recipe to your preferred flavours and even type of nuts. And will also tell you a few things about the Levantine love for entertaining and snacking.


  • 500 g raw¬†almonds (not blanched)
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp DS Smoked Spices
  • 1/2 tsp unrefined salt (optional for more savoury flavour)

Preheat the oven to (325F/160C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Slightly beat the egg white in a large bowl, then add the almonds and toss to coat them well with the egg white. Add the salt and DS Smoked Spices and rub the nuts between your palms (you can wear gloves if you must; or wash afterwards!) Make sure each nut is coated with the spice.

Spread in a single layer over the lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes making sure to turn twice throughout. Remove from the oven and slide the parchment paper over a wire wrack and leave to cool completely. Once cooled, break any stuck pieces and place in an airtight container. Store for up to 1 month. As simple as hello!

Serve these almonds in small bowls for guests to munch on with their drinks, or as a snack for your family.

This simple recipe can be made using cashews, walnuts, pecans, peanuts… you get the drift.

If you do not have access to my smoked spices then make the same using your preferred spice mix, try a mixture of powdered ginger and ground coriander, or your preferred BBQ dry rub, you can even go for dried herbs… really the sky is the limit!


Check out the smoked Salmon on Blinis recipe on this link, you will love it!

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