With the holiday season quickly approaching us, I start to think about all of the fun parties and get togethers that happen in the upcoming month. Every week another gathering with friends, family, and co-workers, always something fun going on! With this season of many parties it is easy to get carried away with delicious finger foods, appetizers, cookies, and good hearty meals. Not that I don’t love all of this food sometimes it is nice to have lighter and healthier versions of all of these delicious treats. So today I am sharing a ‘healthier’ version of one of my favorite holiday finger foods, spiced nuts… Sweet & Spicy Candied Almonds to be exact!
These Sweet & Spicy Candied Almonds are full of flavor and crunchiness just as all good spiced nuts are but are made with natural sweeteners! Subbing out sugar with maple syrup leaves these nuts sweet but not overpowering, and to even out the sweetness a mixture of chili powder, cayenne, and cinnamon is added. These almonds come out with the perfect balance of sweet and spiciness!
These candied almonds couldn’t be easier to put together making it the perfect sharing food, whether it is for your own get together or to bring as a gift to a friends house! Preparation is as easy as placing coconut oil, maple syrup, and the spices into a saucepan and boiling into a delicious candy mixture. Into the candy mixture you will add the almonds, and then place on a sheet to bake! Wait to cool and break into clusters. Bring to a gathering to share and watch everyone dig into your lightened up candied almonds with joy! This mixture and baking method wouldn’t have to be limited to just almonds, any nut or nut mixture would be just as amazing. This would also serve as a great present, add to a jar and tie with a ribbon! Whatever you do with these almonds, you won’t be disappointed.
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add coconut oil, maple syrup, chili powder, cayenne powder, and ground cinnamon to a medium saucepan. Heat on medium high until bubbling. Bubble the candy mixture on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
- Take the saucepan off the heat, add the almonds. Mix almonds in candy mixture until fully covered.
- Spread the almond candy mixture into a single layer on the parchment paper.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until fragrant.
- Let cool completely (at least 30 minutes) and break into clusters. Enjoy!
Peace & Love
The Schmidty Wife
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