Do you ever want to snack on something delicious, but you either don’t have anything around or at least don’t have anything healthy around to munch on? I know I do! In fact, I find myself in this predicament almost every afternoon at about 4:00. These Spicy Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are one of my favorite snacks to keep on hand, and you can almost always count on finding a container of these tasty treats hanging out somewhere in my kitchen. I find them to be the perfect snack when I want just a small bite of something to hold me over until dinner…or lunch…or breakfast. Ok, I think you get my point!
The nutritional value of almonds has been well documented. They’ve been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, and they can also help lower cholesterol. I could go on and on here, but you’re probably not reading this to find out how good almonds can be for you. You’re reading this to find out the recipe for these delicious Spicy Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds! Almonds are incredibly easy to roast at home, and this recipe just calls for a few other basic ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry. The end result is a wonderfully crunchy almond that is slightly sweet and slightly spicy. A small handful will serve as the perfect snack, but if you are anything like me, then you’ll have to hide the container so you don’t eat them all at once!
After roasting the almonds and tossing them in the maple syrup mixture, I recommend spreading the nuts out on a baking sheet to cool. I would also recommend putting down a piece of parchment first as it will make clean up much easier! (Maple syrup is kinda sticky…surprise, surprise) Once the maple-glazed nuts are cool enough to handle, just toss them in a bowl with the other spices. The dry spices will stick to the maple glaze, and you’ll be left with a delicious snack that is not the slightest bit sticky. (In fact, I just had to take a break before finishing this post to go grab a couple of these Spicy Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds…delicious!)