Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds


Almonds are a great snack.  They are full of protein, and healthy fats.  But sometimes snacking on just plain nuts can be boring.  And buying those pre-made mixes of mixed nuts or spiced nuts are so expensive.  They are so easy to do at home, and I am sure they are much better for you.

Jean made these awhile ago, and I have had them in the back of my mind since.  I have been playing with different nuts, and slightly different combinations of my Indian Spiced Nuts lately, but wanted to try something new.  My husband likes it spicy, so I thought it was the perfect time to try these.  They are great mix of sweet and spicy.

These really are super easy to throw together.  There is about 5 minutes of hands on work, then bake them for 10, let them cool and you are done.  I only managed to have a small handful of these before the disappeared to my husbands work.  He likes to take them, so he has healthy snacks at his desk throughout the day.  These would be great to have on hand for snacks, or to put on on your holiday appetizer table.

Yields 12

Sweet and Spicy Almonds. A great snack to have on and, or a great addition to your holiday appetizers

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 2 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 Tbls sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. In a bowl (large enough for the almonds), mix together the sugar and salt. Set aside. In a small sauce pot, over medium low heat, melt the honey. Mix in the cayenne. Add the almonds, and stir to coat. Spread the nuts in a single layer, onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly toasted.
  3. Remove from the oven, allow the nuts to cool for a few minutes. Add the nuts to the sugar and salt mixture, and toss to coat. Remove the liner from the baking sheet. Pour the nuts back onto the baking sheet, spreading to a single layer. Allow them to cool completely.
  4. Store in an air tight container.


Adapted from Lemons & Anchovies





  1. I’m so glad you liked the almonds, Erin. Thanks so much for trying the recipe. My husband and I always have a bowl of almonds on the table–they’re so easy to munch on all day long.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. I remember Jean posting about this! Such a lovely idea to add a spicy punch to the regularly bland tasting almonds! Perfect for salads or as a snack!

  3. These almonds sound so good, I need to try them out as a holiday appetizer!

  4. Erin I just bought a big thing if raw almonds so I will be trying these soon for gift giving :)

  5. These look fantastic Erin!

  6. You know how I love roasted nuts, these look amazing!

  7. I love spicy nuts!! lol Yours looks amazing!!

  8. I love how simple these are to make and the sweet/spicy combination of flavors you’ve got going on here. I’m thinking these would be quite addictive!

  9. Definitely going to make these over the holidays, normally buy these so look forward to making! Thanks for post:-)

  10. This would make a perfect snack for the pre-Thanksgiving festivities. :) Hope you and your family have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving. :)

  11. I remember Jean’s posting. They are such a perfect snack and I am sure they went quick in your house. Nicely done!!

  12. Love, love, love almonds prepared this way!!!

  13. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I haven’t made spicy nuts in so long. Probably because I ate the whole thing the last time. This looks fantastic, Erin!

  14. These are a perfect snack for the season :)

  15. You know what? Candied / roasted / whatever nuts are just evil. I made candied cinnamon maple almonds a few months ago… I don’t even like almonds… but I ate pounds of them. In a few days. I gained like 5 pounds when it was all done. No kidding. EVIL!

    But they sure are delicious. 😀

  16. I think this would make an awesome gift in a jar for Christmas! No one can ever resist roasted nuts!

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