Sugary Spiced Roasted Almonds


DSC_0502Nuts – whether they are almonds, cashews, pistachios or peanuts -you will always find these in my pantry. The ‘Mr’ loves to snack on these. So I am constantly replenishing the jars and they can never be empty because he will throw a fit. Over the years I have also acquired this habit of snacking on nuts and it has helped me tremendously to control my mid-afternoon ‘sweet’cravings.  OK so we like nuts ‘as is’  …so why the need to add sugar and spice you may ask? Well since it’s the holiday season I felt like dressing them up a little. After all these poor nuts ..they need to feel special too! 🙂  But seriously, roasting the almonds enhances the nutty flavor and the spices and sugar make it so tasty that you cannot stop munching! This recipe is terrific not only as a snack anytime but is especially great at parties when you have a crowd. And these make great holiday gift items too.

Cayenne/Chilli powder and cinnamon for spice and brown sugar and honey for the sweetness. Place these nuts in an airtight container and these will be good for at least two weeks but don’t worry they will never last that long! 🙂

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Sugary Spiced Roasted Almonds

  • Servings: Makes 5 and 1/2 cups
  • Time: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Recipe adapted from the book “Simply homemade food gifts”

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole raw almonds
  • egg white of 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (or red chili powder)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

Spread almonds on a tray lined with Al foil in a single layer and roast at 325 Deg F (160 deg C) for about 8 minutes.  (You will need to do in 2 batches or use two trays)

Remove from oven and let cool for about 30 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl beat egg white and water with a hand mixer until the mixture becomes foamy – about 2 minutes.  Then add the sugar,honey, spices and the salt. Add the cooled nuts and mix well to coat.

Line a baking tray with AL foil and spread the nuts again in a single layer (again 2 batches or 2 trays) and bake at 325 F for about 20 -22 minutes until the nuts appear dry. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes and pack into an airtight container.

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