Here’s the easy and, dare I say, oh, yes I do – healthier way to make candied almonds. Made with maple syrup, these tasty almonds are sweet and crunchy with a slight hint of cinnamon. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free, this easy candied almond recipe is perfect for fall or Christmas time!
But hey, if it’s not Christmas when you’re reading this and you do love your cinnamon candied almonds, there’s no reason why you couldn’t make them during summer. Nothing like freshly candied almonds and hot chocolate on the beach, am I right? How did the saying go: It’s Christmas somewhere…maybe I’m not very good at sayings. Possibly.
You’ll Love These Easy Candied Almonds
You can have these sweet almonds as a healthy crunchy snack, with your breakfast (especially if you’re making something like this healthy breakfast apple crumble or overnight oats or to top desserts like ice cream or parfaits.
The cinnamon candied almonds are:
- easy to make
- sweet with a beautiful hint of cinnamon
- only four ingredients
- fairly healthy
Easy Candied Almond Ingredients
Almonds. I used raw almonds in this recipe, but roasted, unsalted will work too if you’re making them on the stove. Go for raw, if you decide to make the almonds in the oven since we’ll be roasting the almonds again for a short time and they could burn if they’re already roasted.
Maple syrup. I took a shortcut here and used maple syrup instead of water and sugar. I’m sure water and coconut sugar will also be great to make a similar almond recipe, but this trick saved me some time.
Cinnamon. A little bit goes a long way as we just want that hint of cinnamon. If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, you could also mix in some vanilla or even vanilla sugar to make the almonds smell like vanilla. Or you could do both. Or none.
Salt. A pinch of salt to make the sweetness and the cinnamon flavor shine like bright like a diamond.
How To Make Easy Candied Almonds
You can make these easy candied almonds in the oven or on the stove. Here’s what you need to do first:
- Add maple syrup and cinnamon to a bowl and mix together
- Mix in the almonds, making sure each and every single almond is covered with maple syrup.
- Add a pinch of salt and mix the almonds again
In The Oven:
This method will work if you have raw almonds:
- First, preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
- Spread the almonds over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer.
- Next, let the almonds bake for about 6-7 minutes.
- Take out and lastly let cool off for at least 30 minutes. This way the nuts will become more crispy as they cool off.
On The Stove:
This is the method you choose if you have roasted almonds:
- Grease a nonstick pan with coconut oil or if you desire – butter
- Add the maple-coated almonds to the pan at medium heat
- Throughout the process make sure to be stirring frequently to prevent burning, while allowing the almonds to heat through.
- After about 4-5 minutes of stirring, you can take off heat
- As the last thing – let the nuts cool off for about 30 minutes and they will become crunchier
How To Store The Candied Almonds
Once the almonds have completely cooled off, you can start snacking on them. If there’s something left, make sure to store the leftovers in an airtight container. For example – a glass with a lid will make a great cozy home for those candied almonds. For about 5-6 days.
That being said, keep in mind that the almonds will become softer and less crispy as days go by. So be sure to enjoy them in the first few days.
How To Serve Candied Almonds
When it comes to serving candied almonds, I actually prefer just using them as a snack. But I do sometimes love to chop them up and serve with:
- ice cream
- overnight oats or oatmeal
- sauteed fruit (like apples)
- pancakes, like these oatmeal blueberry pancakes
Whatever you decide to do with these cinnamon candied almonds I surely do hope that you enjoy them!
More Healthy Sweet Snack Recipes
- Healthy Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies
- Easy Healthy Brownie Cookies
- Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites
- 1 cup almonds
- 5 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- Add maple syrup and cinnamon to a bowl and mix together, add in the almonds, making sure each and every single almond is covered with maple syrup. Add a pinch of salt and mix the almonds again
- In the oven (for raw almonds): Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the coated almonds in a single layer. Bake for about 6-7 minutes. Take out and let the almonds cool off.
- On the stove (for unsalted, roasted almonds). Grease a nonstick pan with coconut oil or butter and add in the coated almonds. Stir at medium-high frequently, allowing the almonds to heat through while preventing burning. Take off heat.
- Let the candied almonds cool off for at least 30 minutes. As the minutes go by and the almonds cool completely they will become more crunchy and delicious.
- Store in an airtight container and consume within the next 3-4 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 4gSugar: 17gProtein: 7g