The other day, I went to the mall and saw fall merchandise in the stores. I know it’s August, and it’s too soon…however, if you’ve read this blog for a while, you know I get crazy excited about seasonal changes early on. In fact, this past weekend when I was at Starbucks, I asked the barista if they had pumpkin ANYTHING in the store. They had bread, and I totally ate it in 100 degree weather, while dreaming about cool, crisp fall weather and pumpkin spice lattes. Is anyone else itching for fall?
I made these almonds a while back for my husband, since he’s crazy obsessed with almonds lately. He really loves Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Sugar Almonds, and I knew it would be a lot cheaper for me to purchase the raw almonds myself and make these for him.
I decided to make these when he was out of the house, so it could be a surprise when he got home. This recipe was super simple to throw together, and oh man, it made our house smell like one of those roasted nut carts that they have in the mall around the holiday season. It was well worth making this recipe, and I’m thinking about making these around the holidays for gifts now!
Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds
Source: Taste of Home
- 2 egg whites
- 6 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 cups raw almonds
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk/beat the egg whites until they turn frothy. Mix in the vanilla extract. Add in the raw almonds, and fold the mixture gently until the almonds are coated.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the sugars, salt and cinnamon together. Then, add that to the almond mixture, folding gently until everything is mixed well.
- Divide the almond mixture into two pans, and then spread the mixture evenly inside the pan. Bake the nuts for 25-30 minutes, or until the mixture is crisp, taking the pans out once at 15 minutes to stir the mixture and re-spread the mixture out. Allow the almonds to fully cool, and place in an air tight container to enjoy later.