This little snack is gonna blow your mind! They are so utterly more-ish that it's just not fair. You might say that their inspiration is store-bought, tinned smoked almonds... but with a super upgraded antioxidant punch along with fully intact natural fats all bundled in an activated little almond package.
The term 'activated' is a bit of a buzzword right now in the world of nuts. But all it really means is that the nuts have been soaked to a) remove the enzyme inhibitors, and b) initiate germination. This improves the digestibility, greatly reduces the phytates in nuts that can bind to minerals and prevent absorption, and increases the protein and nutrient content while decreasing the carbohydrate content. The process is finished off by dehydrating at low temperatures so that the nuts stay 'raw' with all of their activated nutrition intact. It also prevents denaturing of the nuts' healthy fats, which occurs when heat is applied.
Almonds are pretty wonderful on their own, but I've punched up the antioxidant content significantly by adding in some powerhouse spices and herbs. Ginger, garlic, chipotle chili, oregano, thyme, marjoram, basil, and parsley. Plus, the flavour is amazing! If you don't have chiptole chili powder, any other chili powder can be substituted (or even leave the chili out completely). Chipotle has a nice, smoky flavour, however, which is probably partly why these almonds are so darn delicious. So, if you can get your hands on some chipotle powder, you won't regret it.
Using a dehydrator is recommended for two reasons. First, dehydrators are designed to work at very low, incremental temperatures and maintain a steady and constant heat, which ovens are not. Second, drying nuts at low temperatures requires a long period of time, which dehydrators are able to do using very little electricity. Ovens, however, are energy hogs! Which might be fine for cooking a casserole for 30 minutes but isn't great when drying nuts for 6+ hours. (There are also other benefits of dehydrators, but I'll leave you to research that.)
However, if you're not ready to invest in a dehydrator (I recommend the Excalibur brand, by the way), it's OK! You can use an oven on it's lowest temperature setting, which is normally around 50 degrees C/122 degrees F. Prop the door open a crack if your oven can't get the temperature this low.