These simple honey roasted almonds take just 15 minutes to make and are refined sugar-free. The perfect healthy snack to have on hand!

Honey Roasted Almonds | A Couple Cooks

Are you a snacker? I am more than I’d like to be. Try as I might, at times my motivation for snacking is because I’m bored, aimless, stressed, tired, or just on auto-pilot. But as I aim to be more intentional and mindful in my eating habits, I’m working toward snacking because I’m hungry.

Luckily, once we made the change to eating mostly natural foods, our snacks have become quite healthy (as long as we don’t overdo it on portion size). This week’s crispy chickpeas and honey roasted almonds are both gluten free snacks that are full of nutrients and tasty enough to satisfy. We shared these honey roasted almonds at a party and they were gobbled up in no time.

How to make honey roasted almonds

Making honey roasted almonds is surprisingly easy and requires very little prep work. You’ll first need to warm the honey slightly in the microwave to make it easier to mix with the other ingredients. Then, mix together the warm honey, unsalted almonds, a pinch of kosher salt, sesame seeds, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Take the time to thoroughly mix everything together to ensure that the almonds get evenly coated with the honey mixture.

Once everything is combined, spread the almonds out onto a parchment paper-lined baking tray and roast for 10 minutes (using parchment paper is key, otherwise the almonds will stick to the baking tray!). Let the almonds cool completely on the baking tray before breaking them apart. Do not eat the almonds when they first come out of the oven! The honey will be practically molten and would sear your mouth.

Store these honey roasted almonds in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. These will keep for up to two weeks, but they’ll likely be gone before then!

Tips on roasting almonds in the oven

These honey roasted almonds are tough to mess up, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when making this recipe.

  • Use parchment paper—parchment paper will prevent the honey roasted almonds from sticking to the baking tray (a mess you’d never be able to get off! Ask me how I know that…).
  • Roast at a lower heat—unlike hearty root vegetables and oven baked fries, almonds don’t need to be roasted in a 400+ degree oven. 350ºF is plenty hot enough to make these honey roasted almonds, so don’t be tempted to bump up the heat!
  • The almonds will hiss in the oven—at the end of the roasting time, you’ll be able to tell when the almonds are properly roasted because they’ll hiss a bit. You’ll have to listen closely for it, but you’ll definitely be able to hear a slight hissing noise (it sounds like air trying to escape from a closed container).
  •  Roasted almonds won’t be crunchy right away—when you first take these honey roasted almonds out of the oven, they won’t be crunchy. They crisp up as they cool to room temperature, and by the time they’re completely cooled they’ll have a nice bite to them.
Honey Roasted Almonds | A Couple Cooks

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Vegetarian, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.

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Sesame Honey Roasted Almonds

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


These simple honey roasted almonds take just 15 minutes to make and are refined sugar-free. The perfect healthy snack to have on hand!


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups roasted unsalted almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Scant ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons honey in a small, microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and microwave for 15 seconds. In a large bowl, mix the honey with the remainder of the ingredients.
  3. Place the mixture on a parchment covered baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Allow to cool fully, then gently break apart the almonds. Store in an airtight container.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: honey roasted almonds

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. I’m a total snacker – there’s that moment when I get home from work when I’m ravenous and can’t wait for dinner which is my absolute downfall. Love the idea of having some nutritious options on hand rather than reach for whatever is in the fridge!

  2. If I have raw almonds, should I roast them first to get “roasted almonds” or just once with the rest of the ingredients?

    1. Hi! I don’t think you’d get the same crunch if you used raw almonds, so roasting them first probably makes since. However, it never hurts to experiment!


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