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How to Make Honey Roasted Almonds
Healthy nuts are a great snack option. Almonds are one of the most popular nuts that people choose for snack time. You can make your own Honey roasted almonds at home for a fraction of the cost of commercial brands. They are healthier than some snacks and guaranteed to disappear quickly due their great salty/sweet flavor.
Are Honey Roasted Almonds Healthy?
Honey roasted almonds are a healthy snack when consumed in moderation. In fact, almonds contain healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Unsaturated fats help your body absorb vitamins and minerals. They also contain fiber which is great for your digestive system.
Raw honey is not only a sweet treat. It is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, as well as, being antibacterial. While any type of honey will work for your recipe, I encourage you to seek out raw honey with all its beneficial properties in tack.
What about the salt? Personally, I love the combination of a sweet/salty snack. Though sea salt is not generally better for you than regular table salt – it does have larger crystals.
This may result in your consuming less of it to get the same taste. If sodium is a big concern for you – just omit the salt from the recipe.
Almonds are native to the Middle East but the United States is now the larger producer of almonds in the world. Also, almond pollination is dependent on one special insect that is dear to me.
Yes, honey bee pollination is needed in the large almond groves. Thousands of colonies are trucked in each year to pollinate the fields of blooming trees.
Honey Glazed Nuts
Though almonds or other nuts glazed with honey have a few more calories, they are considered a healthy snack. You have many options when choosing a variety of honey to use.
In general, you will find many jars of honey that is simply labeled “Wildflower”. This means the product is a mixture of many different nectar sources. Then, there are specialty honey types such as Orange Blossom, Clover and others.
They all vary slightly in taste and can add a new flavor to your recipes. After finding a good honey source, be sure to store your honey properly.
Honey never spoils when it is stored in the right way. Do a good job and it will be ready to use for your next recipe.
- 2 1/2 cups of whole almonds
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of coarse ground sea salt
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Spread almonds in a single layer on an ungreased shallow baking pan.
- Place in cold oven - turn oven to 350 degrees F - cook 12-15 minutes. Then remove and set aside.
- In small bowl, mix together the sugar and coarse sea salt. Mix well to ensure they are well blended.
- In a medium saucepan, add the honey, water, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Heat to a boil.
- Stir the almonds into the hot liquid and stir. Continue to cook on low heat until all of the liquid is absorbed by the almonds. This should take 5-8 minutes.
- Pour almonds into a medium sized bowl and add the sugar salt mixture. Mix with large spoon to coat the nuts.
- Spread the honey roasted almonds on a sheet of wax paper to cool. Then store at room temperature in a tightly sealed container or bag.
*if your honey roasted almonds remain sticky - it may be due to humid weather - try to prepare them when the humidity is low
Serving Size:1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 579mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 5gSugar: 27gProtein: 10g
Final Tips on Making Honey Roasted Almond Snacks
This easy honey recipe creates an irresistible snack that will disappear very quickly. And, some studies suggest that eating honey roasted almonds is a step towards a healthier lifestyle. Another great snack is dehydrated pineapple slices with honey.
These snacks are a great option to take with you for camping, hiking or other activities that require energy. And, some people say they make great beer nuts too! Don’t forget this recipe when the holiday rolls around – they may great gourmet gifts.