Chipotle Cumin Roasted Almonds Recipe

I normally am immune to the pre-holiday rush that everyone talks about. I'm not in charge of cooking an elaborate Christmas meal (I contribute but I'm not the host), I don't attend a zillion holiday functions, and we don't go crazy with presents in my family, so the lead-up to the holidays isn't significantly more crowded compared to other times of the year.

For some reason, however, the end of this year was particularly heartfelt intense. Not with holiday-related things, but with various work projects I was trying to get done before taking some time off to curl up at the foot of the Christmas tree and sip hot chocolate while humming Little Santa Claus (Please).

Few people actually take the time to make their own spiced, roasted nuts, yet they are much tastier homemade than store-bought.

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Of course, when you are a freelancer, having a lot of work is something to rejoice about, not complain about, but that means I didn't have time to get myself together and I prepare edible gifts as I aspire.

Luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve and just a couple of days ago I decided that I would give away some bags of chipotle cumin toasted almonds Lately I've been doing for myself (and I love love love).

They are a great example of something simple and easy it's still absolutely lovely to receive – few people actually take the time to make their own spiced, roasted nuts, and yet they're so much tastier homemade than store-bought. They disappear in an instant when you offer them with a cocktail before dinner, and I love munching on them in the afternoon too, or chopping them coarsely and adding them to my lunch salads.

So if you're sitting here wondering if there is still time to prepare something before the gift delivery begins, chances are: all you need is a handful of pantry ingredients and half an hour.

And if you want more edible gift ideashere is a selection from the Chocolate & Zucchini archives:

Food gift ideas

Food gift ideas

– A portion of Croquants Almonds and Orange Blossoms,
– A box of ginger and almond chocolate clusters,
– Some spiced chocolate peanut butter using your own spice mix,
– The always delicious Sablés by Yves Camdeborde (these are the ones I prepared and gave away last year).

Join the conversation!

Were your pre-holiday weeks crazy or cozy? And are you on top of edible gifts this year? What's your favorite last minute food gift to give?

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Chipotle Cumin Roasted Almonds Recipe

Chipotle Cumin Roasted Almonds Recipe


  • 500 grams (4 cups) whole unpeeled almondspreferably organic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of fino mare salt
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of ground chipotledepending on how hot you want them (I buy it on Bruno's grocery store; you can replace it with smoked paprika, preferably spicy, or with any other ground sweet chili pepper)
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).
  2. Arrange almonds on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil (helps the dressing stick and the almonds toast evenly) and add salt, chipotle and cumin. Mix until evenly coated; I find it's easiest to do with (clean) hands. Taste an almond and adjust the seasoning. Spread the almonds in a single layer and place the pan in the oven.
  3. Cook for 15-20 minutes, keeping an eye on them and stirring halfway through cooking, until the almonds are golden brown and fragrant.
  4. Leave to cool completely before serving or divide into three gift bags. Almonds can be stored for a few weeks in an airtight bag or container.


If there is any cumin chipotle salt left in the bottom of the pan, scoop it out and save it to season the avocados.


Unless otherwise indicated, all recipes are copyright Clotilde Dusoulier.

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