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.
- 2 1/2 cups almonds
- 1 Tbls sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store in an air tight container.
Adapted from Lemons & Anchovies