Almonds are one of my favorite snacks, but raw almonds gross me out. They are so bland and kind of…chewy. I just can’t do it. Now I spend 15 minutes at the beginning of each week and make a batch of these and it’s SO worth it. Salty and sweet almonds to snack on all week long.
I feel bad even calling this a recipe because it’s so easy. All you need are raw almonds, cinnamon, salt and real maple syrup. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Toss the almonds well to make sure they all get coated with the cinnamon and maple syrup mixture.
Then just spread them out on the parchment paper and roast at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent them from burning. You don’t want to burn them, trust me. They taste like burnt popcorn.
When they are done, they will have a sweet caramelized crust on them from the maple syrup–let them cool for a few minutes before you try to touch them or sample one. Because of the sugar in the maple syrup, they stay very hot for about 5-10 minutes.
Then I just divide them up into 1/4 cup servings and put them into plastic baggies so that I can grab them before work in the morning. This is one of those recipes that requires so little prep work but the convenience of having them as a go-to snack is so worth it. Not to mention how delicious they are. Sweet and salty? I mean come on.
Pardon my gross looking baggies. I tend to re-use the same ones each week
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 1 Tablespoon of real maple syrup
- 2 Teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 Teaspoons of freshly ground sea salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Combine the almonds in a bowl with the maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Toss to combine and coat the almonds
- Spread the almonds out on the baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Be careful towards the end that they don't burn!
- Allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before dividing them into pre-portioned bags or storing them in an airtight container