Thankfully, this recipe was a winner and is a keeper. The first time I made it, I tried it with just almonds and misread the directions by putting about three times the amount of cinnamon needed into it. I tried my best to salvage it, and thought I had screwed it up for sure. When John got the almonds, he asked me for more, saying that he had “housed” the bag. (Sometimes I question if his taste buds are working.)
The second time I made it, I tried it with a mixture of whole nuts (read below for specifics). Smelling them bake in the oven is delightful and makes it feel exactly like it’s mid-fall. I’d make this recipe for no other reason than to have that smell permeate the kitchen!
- 2 cups of raw almonds (The first time I made this recipe, I used almonds. The second time, I tried it with 1 cup of whole walnuts and 1 cup of whole pecans. I rather like the mix better, but I’m also not a fan of almonds and neither is John.)
- 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice seasoning (Enjoy how delicious it smells when you open up the canister!)
- 4 tablespoons of organic agave or honey (I used honey.)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Sea Salt (About a teaspoon works.)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment or foil.
- Into a bowl place your almonds.
- Then add cinnamon, spice, agave or honey and vanilla.
- Toss to coat each nut. (I found that this coating is too sticky and thick to really toss efficiently. I stirred instead. That was much more effective.)
- Spread the nuts evenly on the cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. (When directly out of the oven, the coating on the nuts will look clumpy and spongy. Never fear! When cool, the coating will be crystallized.)
- Let cool and serve. (Or pack and ship! Or freeze ’em for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas gifts. Or eat them standing up over your sink! )
That’s it! An easy recipe with common, simply delicious ingredients and little prep or wait time! What’s not to love?
PS. If you liked this, you might think Gra-Yes-La (Healthy Granola) Bars are awesome!