Peanuts are not just a great snack at baseball games, peanuts are a great snack at home, too. We never send our kids to school with any type of meal that contains peanuts in order to keep their schools a peanut-free zone and safe for their peers who have peanut allergies. However, at home I always have roasted peanuts for us to snack on. Peanuts are a very good source of monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, niacin, folate and protein. Unfortunately, a lot of the roasted peanuts you can buy have too much salt and other preservatives that start compromising the healthy nature of this simple snack. Roasting your own peanuts is an easy solution to this problem. Here's how to do it.
- 1 lb raw peanuts
- 4 – 6 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt (more if needed)
- Additional spices such as ground black pepper, curry powder and powdered oregano can also be used.
Step 1: Put the Peanuts in a Large Baking Pan
Step 2: Drizzle with Olive Oil
Step 2: Season the Peanuts
Here is the fun part – you get to season the peanuts with whatever seasonings you like. I usually just add a little bit of salt, but if you’re more adventurous try adding some curry powder, or a little bit of nutmeg, you can be as creative as you (and your kids) like.
Step 3: Roast your Peanuts
Bake the peanuts for 20-30 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Cook until slightly underdone. The peanuts will continue cooking after you remove them from the oven. Cool completely before serving. Store your peanuts in an air tight container, like a glass jar. Serve and enjoy.