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. Almonds are one of the most popular nuts that people choose for snack time.
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.
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Unsaturated fats help your body absorb vitamins and minerals. They also contain fiber which is great for your digestive system.
Almonds are native to the Middle East but the United States is now the largest 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.
- whole almonds
- sea salt
- vegetable oil
- vanilla extract
Almonds: Most of the raw almonds found in stores have already been blanched. That’s fine. Grab a one pound bag of whole almonds.
Honey: While any type of honey will work for your recipe, I encourage you to seek out raw honey as it retains all its nutritional properties.
Raw honey is not only a sweet treat. It is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, as well as, being antibacterial. Honey never spoils if stored properly.
Sea Salt: 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. Otherwise, I recommend a course grind.
How to Make Honey Roasted Almonds Step by Step
First, spread your almonds in a single layer on a large baking pan or cookie sheet. Plan it in a cold oven, and set the temperature to 350° F. Fill the pan but don’t overcrowd it as we will need to stir the nuts. Cook 12-15 minutes then remove from oven.
In a small bowl, mix all the sugar and salt and set aside. Use a medium saucepan for the honey, water, oil and vanilla – heat to a boil.
Add in the roasted almonds and cook over low heat until they have absorbed all the liquid. This will take several minutes. Stir occassionally.
Place the almonds in a bowl and pour the sugar salt mixture over them. Stir to coat. I think I went a little over board and next time I would spread the almonds out on the pan and sprinkle my coating on them.
Allow coated honey almonds to cool on the counter. Stir occasionally to prevent major stickiness. Store in an air tight container when cool. Even then they will be a bit sticky. Go ahead, lick your fingers if they are clean – I wont tell anyone.
Honey Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt
- 2 1/2 cups whole almonds
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp coarse ground sea salt
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons 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.
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.
These snacks are a great option to take with you for camping, hiking or other activities that require energy. What about Honey Caramel Apples ! And, some people say they make great beer nuts too! Don’t forget this recipe when the holiday rolls around – they make great gourmet gifts.