I used to think cinnamon roasted almonds were some kind of magical snack. After all, wouldn’t they have to be magical in order to produce such an irresistibly sweet aroma, to make you want to eat 5-gallon buckets of them, and to be sold for $6 per cup? One of my FAVORITE snacks, cinnamon roasted almonds often eluded my palate thanks to their high price. Until now! Behold… the DIY cinnamon roasted almond! (So much for losing weight before the holidays.)
Cinnamon roasted almonds recipe
- ½ cup pure cane sugar (find organic cane sugar here)
- ¾ tsp cinnamon (find organic cinnamon here)
- 2 tablespoons filtered water (find water purification systems here)
- ⅛ tsp salt, optional (find unrefined sea salt here)
- 1 ½ cups unsalted roasted almonds or raw almonds** (find organic, non-GMO almonds here)
- In a skillet, combine sugar, cinnamon, water, and salt.
- Add almonds to skillet and stir constantly over medium heat, making sure all almonds get coated with the syrupy mixture. Stir until sugar crystallizes and almonds look “furry” with sugar coating (about 5 minutes). Tip: Don’t go too long or mixture will turn back into syrup.
- Remove almonds from heat and scoop out onto wax paper to cool.
**If using RAW ALMONDS, spread almonds onto a cookie sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes at 350° to bring out a deeper nutty flavor. For best results, do this before cooking in your skillet.
Cleanup: Don’t be alarmed when you end up with a rock-hard crystallized substance on your skillet and spoon after cooking these. Fill your pan with water and drop the spoon in. Sugar residue will dissolve after a minute of soaking.
Enjoy almonds within one week.
9 Ideas for cinnamon roasted almonds
After filling your house with the yummy scent of these delectable nuts, consider a few of these ideas (if you haven’t already eaten them all):
- Throw into gift baskets for friends and family.
- Give as a teacher gift for the holidays with a cute tag that reads, “We’re nuts for our teachers!”
- Keep out in small dishes for company. (You may have to shoo people away from the dish.)
- Double the recipe and take to a holiday party.
- Fill a pretty glass jar with the almonds, tie a big bow around it, and take to holiday parties as a hostess gift.
- Send with family members to work or school for a sweet snack.
- These make a great neighbor gift for the holidays.
- Top holiday cakes, cookies, or cupcakes with these almonds.
- Tell your family they aren’t very good, and eat all of them by yourself!
So start buying your almonds in bulk, and have fun enjoying this sinful treat! If you are planning to give these as a gift just make sure to have the recipe handy for all your satisfied recipients.