Cinnamon Candied Almonds Recipe

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Enjoy a taste of the holidays with this fresh and addicting cinnamon candied almonds recipe! These crunchy spiced nuts are a great way to inspire picky eaters to love this heart-healthy, high-protein food.

Try more healthy holiday treats like Coconut Snowballs and Christmas Bean Cookies.

candied almonds in a colorful paper cup

On the lookout for a healthier holiday treat? Try a homemade version of food-cart-famous candied nuts!

This cinnamon almonds recipe is rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and it’s almost impossible to stop eating these nuts by the handful! They’re sweet, gently spiced, and extra crunchy (thanks to a secret ingredient and low-and-slow cooking.)

They’re also easy to make (just 15 minutes of prep time) and perfect during the holidays when those warm and cozy flavors taste so right. Make them for you friends and family. Make them as a gift for your kids’ teachers. Or just make them for yourself!

candied almonds in a white bowl, close up

How Are Nuts Healthy for Kids?

Nuts are super nutritious for kids. And raw or dry-roasted nuts have the best nutrition. But it can be hard to entice little ones to dig into plain nuts at first. If your kids are hesitant to eat nuts, you can sweeten the deal –literally!– by serving these sweet cinnamon almonds as a snack or dessert. Check out some of the benefits of nuts:

  • They are rich in healthy fats, including Omega 3, ALA, and monounsaturated fats.
  • They have plenty of vitamin E.
  • Nuts are highly satiating so kids feel full longer after eating them.
  • They are rich in magnesium and zinc.

How to Make Sweet Cinnamon Almonds

Making these delicious candied nuts is simple. And there’s a special technique that gets them extra crunchy and delicious! The secret is tossing the nuts in whipped egg whites. Check out the steps below:

Cinnamon Almonds. Here's a great alternative to traditional candied nuts! Cinnamon Almonds. Here's a great alternative to traditional candied nuts!

Step 1: Whip egg white and vanilla until fluffy

Step 2: Combine brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and white sugar

Cinnamon Almonds. Here's a great alternative to traditional candied nuts! Cinnamon Almonds. Here's a great alternative to traditional candied nuts!

Step 3: Dump nuts in egg white mixture and coat all nuts.

Step 4: Dump brown sugar mixture onto nuts and stir to coat.

Cinnamon Almonds. Here's a great alternative to traditional candied nuts! Cinnamon Almonds. Here's a great alternative to traditional candied nuts!

Step 5: Dump nuts on a cookie sheet and spread into a single layer.

Step 6: Bake at 225 Fahrenheit for 1 hour, stirring every fifteen minutes.

jars of candied almonds ready to be given as gifts

Tips for Storing (And Gifting!) Candied Almonds

Store cinnamon almonds in an airtight container at room temperature. Make sure they’re completely cooled before you put a lid on them! (They may need several hours at room temperature to cool all the way.) They’ll keep their fresh taste for about two weeks this way.

If you’d like the nuts to stay fresh for even longer, you can also refrigerate or even freeze them. They might get a tad less crispy over time, but you can keep them fresh for months in cold storage.

We like to fill some cute bags or jars with candied nuts to bring to friends and family! They’re always a welcome gift!

Cinnamon Almonds

A cinnamon-sweet and nutritious snack, perfect for the nut lovers at your holiday party.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Almonds
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Calories: 314kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cup almonds, whole
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Beat egg white and vanilla until fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon and salt.
  • Dump 1 pound of almonds into egg white mixture and stir to coat.
  • Dump sugar mixture on almonds and stir to coat.
  • Pour nuts onto a cookie sheet, in a single layer.
  • Bake at 225 F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
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Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g

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It is just one if you have 1 lb of nuts. I almost always use the 3lb bag of nuts from Costco, so I use 3 egg whites.. I’ll fix it so it’s not confusing!!
THANKS!

Is that Fahrenheit ? Because I would have thought 225oC would be too hot for that amount of time. But I’ve never made anything like this before.

Have you ever tried dextrose as a substitute? I’m trying to be fructose free but I’ve been told dextrose sucks up a lot of moisture when cooking with it and I’m guessing you might have to use an extra egg white.

Please specify that it’s Farenheit, not Centigrade! I nearly ruined mine cos the oven was way to hot – think I managed to salvage them though 🙂

So lovely!! That will be one of my snacks for this Christmas! I guess my kids will love it. Thanks for the idea and thanks for the Farenheit comment!! 🙂

Do you use parchment paper or foil or spray on the cookie sheet or just put them straight on there?

When you say you use the 3lb bag from Costco (which is what I got), do you make them all at once or 1lb at a time?

Katie- I make them all at once and separate them onto two cookie sheets. Then, I rotate them every time I take them out of the oven to stir- move one sheet to the top rack, and the other to the middle, etc.

We love doing our nuts in the slow cooker, I’ll have to figure out how to adapt this recipe! I always forget to turn stuff in the oven…I’m more of a set it and forget it kind of girl 🙂 If you get to it before I do, let me know how it goes!