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Tis’ the season for cinnamon almonds with sugar. These cinnamon sugar almonds are a tasty and healthy holiday nut that will make your holiday (and every day) taste better.
You just need a few ingredients - almonds, coconut oil, cinnamon, and sugar (monkfruit sweetener if you'd like a sugar-free option). And in minutes, you'll get that delicious crunchy, sweet, and slightly spicy explosion in your mouth.
Why I love these cinnamon almonds
- This recipe takes VERY little time or effort.
- After just a few minutes you get a homemade holiday snack that tastes great.
- I often see candied nuts, or spiced nuts for sale around the holiday season and I don't always appreciate the ingredients listed on the label. Plus, they’re usually WAY too sweet and a sugar headache comes quickly.
Now that I have this awesome recipe to make my own at home, it’s been awesome.
Ingredients Needed to Make these Holiday Nuts
- Coconut oil, melted - Refined or unrefined both work here.
- Cinnamon - This ingredient is really the star of the show - that spicy holiday flavor tastes so great on the almonds.
- Sugar - I like to use coconut sugar, you can use what you have and what you like best. My sister and brother-in-law love monkfruit as a sugar-free alternative. Monkfruit sweetener is a more natural, low glycemic index sugar substitute. We've used this kind and it works great in this recipe!
- Roasted almonds - You can purchase almonds already roasted, or buy the raw almonds and roast them yourself.
Tools used to make these cinnamon spiced almonds
- Bowl or mason jar - To mix everything together. Use what you have here.
- Baking sheet to roast the almonds - Again, use what you have.
If you're making these holiday nuts to give away as a gift, you'll want some sort of packaging.
These nuts would make an awesome homemade food gift. Make a big batch (super fast), package them into little bags and you've got Christmas gifts covered. Here are a few ideas for packaging them up.
Also, if you're looking for other food gift ideas, check out this post on homemade holiday food gifts. There's SO many awesome ideas in that post.
How to Make this Cinnamon Almonds
These roasted cinnamon and sugar almonds are very simple to make. If you want the step-by-step pictures, follow along below.
Step 1: Melt the coconut oil
Heat the coconut oil until it’s melted. This can be done in seconds in the microwave.
Step 2: Mix the seasonings
Add the cinnamon and sugar to the coconut oil.
Step 3: Coat the almonds with the cinnamon and sugar mixture
I like to use a mason jar, add the almonds, put the lid on, and shake. If the seasoning clumps at the bottom, grab a spoon and stir it around until the almonds are coated.
FAQ & Recipe Tips
Are cinnamon roasted almonds healthy?
You can't go wrong with these cinnamon roasted almonds because almonds, by themselves - are high in healthy fats, protein, and fiber while being low in carbs. Antioxidants, like those found in cinnamon, are a beneficial part of the diet because they help neutralize free radicals before they can damage cells.
What spices go well with almonds?
I love the cinnamon, sugar flavor combo, but if you want to try something different, you can experiment with cloves, cayenne pepper, or nutmeg, all of which would give a tasty holiday flavor.
How to store your cinnamon sugar almonds?
These cinnamon almonds keep really well if you decide to make them ahead of when you need them. They don't need refrigerated, just keep them in an air tight container.Make a big batch for your holiday party or just as a special snack for you.
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- 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp sugar (or monkfruit sweetener)
- 1 cup roasted almonds
- Melt the coconut oil in a mason jar.
- Stir the 2 tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp sweetener together with the coconut oil.
- Add the roasted almonds into the mason jar and stir to coat the almonds.
- Use monkfruit sweetener for a sugar-free option.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ C
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g