Coffee-Roasted Almonds

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Before the picnic, Danny was playing with some almonds and coffee. I watched him in the kitchen as I sat at the dining room table and wrote. He kept opening drawers and finding new spices he liked. He zested a lemon, ground some cacao nibs, and dipped a small spoon into the cayenne. I love watching him dance around the kitchen.

As you can see, there weren’t many almonds left in the bowl when I took this photo. Everyone at the picnic kept grabbing a handful in the middle of a conversation, then going back for another handful. They disappeared quickly.


1 pound almonds
1 cup ground coffee
1/4 cup cacao nibs, ground fine
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 pound raw almonds
2 tablespoons olive oil


You’re going to have leftover spice rub. Use it on roast chicken, pork, steak, or another batch of nuts. I think it would be a great rub for tofu too.