These Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are perfect for holiday parties or for gift giving! Sweet, spicy and crunchy, this gluten free and vegan recipe hits all the marks.
These tasty Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are a great snack that won’t ruin your clean eating goals!
They feature maple syrup and coconut sugar as sweeteners and the cinnamon adds just the right amount of spice to make these so special.
MAPLE CINNAMON ROASTED ALMONDS
My mission was for something sweet and crunchy. I have been craving (and let’s face it, eating) sweets galore this week!
Not sure why but my body was craving sugar, big time.
I always have cinnamon in my arsenal and almost always have maple syrup. The new ingredient for these wicked good almonds was coconut sugar.
I’ve had it in the cupboard for a bit after buying it on a whim when I saw it on sale.
The benefits of using coconut sugar over refined white sugar or chemical sweeteners are substantial.
With the processed sugars, vitamins are being depleted whereas coconut sugar has been reported to actually contain micro nutrients. This toasty flavoured, natural sweetener is very low in the glycemic index which has shown to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. It was my first time using coconut sugar so I was curious how it would turn out.
HOW TO MAKE MAPLE CINNAMON ROASTED ALMONDS – EASY STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Warm the maple syrup a bit so it is liquid-y and really coats the almonds.
Then stir together some cinnamon, sea salt, and the aforementioned, coconut sugar.
The texture of coconut sugar is pretty fine.
Then mix them in with the maple covered almonds.
Give them a good stir so that that each almond has been coated.
Spread them out on a parchment lined sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Give them a bit of space as this helps them to roast better. Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet.
When they come out of the oven they are deep brown in colour, almost caramelized.
This is ALL goodness, my friends!
Stir them around, loosen them from the parchment and leave for 10 minutes.
The hardest part is the waiting but it is necessary. Trust me.
The coconut sugar is definitely not super sweet. You may want to use a bit more than I did to sweeten them up just a tad but it’s totally not necessary.
And the best part?
Done in 25 minutes flat, including doing the dishes.
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*Originally posted April 26, 2013. Updated December 22, 2019*
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- Preheat oven to 375.
- Coat almonds with heated maple syrup, stirring well.
- Mix dry ingredients together and mix into almonds, coating well.
- Bake for 10 minutes on parchment lined sheet.
- Remove from oven, loosen almonds from parchment and stir around.
- Let sit for 10 minutes.