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Tis’ the season for cinnamon sugar nuts. Almonds roasted in the oven, then coated with coconut oil, cinnamon, and sugar (monkfruit sweetener if you'd like). With each bite you get a crunchy, sweet, and slightly spicy explosion in your mouth.
The idea for this recipe started when my sister and her husband wanted to share their newest creation with me. They used their air fryer to roast the almonds. We use our oven. Use what you have, folks!
Since that first taste, I’ve made several batches of these delicious crunchy, sweet, and addicting snack. Each version had varying ratios of cinnamon and sugar.
I picked the ones my taste testers liked the best. And when I say taste testers, I'm referring to my five year old daughter and my food loving husband. I liked all of them. They were all good. So good that I found myself involuntarily reaching for them..."just one more”.
I mean...how can you go wrong with cinnamon, sugar, and roasted almonds?
Why I love this recipe
- This recipe takes VERY little time or effort. And in the end you get something that tastes great.
- I often see candied nuts, or spiced nuts for sale around the holiday season and I KNOW there’s just tons of sugar and unhealthy oils sprayed all over them. And I never feel great about eating them. 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 a game changer. It’s cheaper than buying a bag of cinnamon spiced nuts from a vendor, and it’s healthier too.
Tools used to make these cinnamon spiced Almonds
You don’t need much to make these nuts. Unless you’re making these to give away as a holiday gift. Then you’ll need something to put them in.
How to make this recipe
These roasted cinnamon and sugar almonds are very simple to make. See below for pictures of each step.
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 (or monkfruit) to the coconut oil. Monkfruit sweetener is a more natural, low glycemic index sugar substitute. We get this kind and it works great in this recipe!
Step 3: Coat the almonds with the cinnamon and sugar mixture
Toss the almonds in the mixture until it’s spread around. If the seasoning clumps at the bottom, grab a spoon and stir it around.
Make ahead & storage
These keep really well when you make them ahead. Make a big batch for your holiday party or just as a special snack for you. Be careful though, don't leave them out or you might eat all of them without even realizing it.
Homemade food gift ideas
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.
Looking for other Homemade Food Gifts For Christmas?
- Homemade Mason Jar Hot Chocolate Mix
- Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters with Sea Salt
- Homemade seasoning blends like Taco Seasoning Mix, and This DIY Chai Blend also make great gifts
- Here's a HUGE list of homemade food gift ideas to make for Christmas.
- 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