Smoky BBQ Almonds: Roasted or High Raw

This is one of the tasty snacks that I mention in the recent recipe post for Impossibly Delicious Raw BBQ Sauce. It’s an easy, vegan, plant-based recipe to prepare either dehydrated or roasted at a lower temp in the oven. Customize the time or ingredients to make them just the way you like—even gluten-free.

They will taste way better than many of the raw snacks that you can shell out $9-$18 a bag for at the store. You will get so much more for your money if you make them yourself.


Soaking time: 8-12 hours (overnight)
Prep time: 8-12 hours dehydrated (overnight), 15-30 minutes roasted

Dehydrator (for raw prep)
Parchment-lined cookie sheet (for roasted)
Chef’s knife
Silicone spatula, wooden spoon or basting brush for coating

3-4 cups of soaked raw almonds (read about how to soak almonds and why soaking is optimal)
Batch of YU Impossibly Delicious Raw BBQ Sauce
1/4-1 tsp Liquid Smoke to taste (optional, but recommended. Not raw, but it is gluten-free.)

Let’s get started.
Make sure almonds are rinsed well and patted dry with paper towel or dish cloth. Add Liquid Smoke, to your liking, to BBQ Sauce. Mix together all ingredients, tossing together until almonds are thoroughly coated.

For roasted preparation: press coated almonds flat onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and roast in an oven set to 300°F for 15 minutes. Flip with a spatula and roast for 5-15 more minutes. Feel free to roast your almonds for anywhere from 15-30 minutes, or more…keep removing them from the oven and testing their crunchiness and dryness. Stop baking when you like the status of both.

For high raw preparation: press coated almonds flat onto a Teflex dehydrator sheet and place in dehydrator set to a temp of 95°F for about 4-6 hours…

…then remove tray and place a dehydrator screen and tray on top of almonds. Place one hand firmly on top of screen/tray and the other underneath the Teflex and tray. Now flip, and peel back the teflex.

Dehydrate on the screen and tray for another 4-6 hours until crunchy. Add to salads, keep on hand for a protein-packed snack, just be sure to share and amaze.

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  1. Robin R.

    Oh yay! I have a dehydrator finally but am easing into it. Glad for all the dehydrated treats on here. <3

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