Basil Pesto Party Almonds

5 from 4 reviews

These roasted, pesto-covered almonds make an irresistible snack or party appetizer. Recipe yields 2 cups pesto almonds.

Basil Pesto Party Almonds



  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine the egg whites, basil leaves, salt, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Process on low speed until mixture is pureed. In a small mixing bowl, toss the basil egg white mixture with the almonds until well combined. Let the almonds soak up some of the excess moisture for a few minutes. Stir in the Parmesan. Use a large mixing spoon to transfer the almonds to the prepared pan, leaving any excess basil mixture in the bowl.
  3. Spread almonds in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or longer, stirring every 15 minutes, until the basil mixture is dried and the almonds are sufficiently crunchy. Let the almonds cool completely, then store in an air-tight container. Mine are in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for my next girls’ night.


Recipe adapted, with permission, from the Almond Board of California.
Serving suggestions: I think these nuts would go well with my roasted grape and brie crostini, lemon Parmesan popcorn, red bell cocktail (bell pepper and gin), grapefruit, honey and rosemary cocktail. The Almond Board suggests glasses of Chianti or sauvignon blanc.
Change it up: I’m pretty sure you could substitute a variety of nuts for the almonds. You could also substitute arugula for the basil.
If you love this recipe: You’ll also love my rosemary roasted nuts.

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