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Honey & Spice Roasted Almonds

Seasoned nut mixes can be expensive to buy. So I buy unblanched almonds to toast and season at home. The sweet honey and spicy cayenne pepper come together beautifully.—Patty Getzin, Wenatchee, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 cups


  • 1-1/2 cups unblanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Arrange almonds in a single layer in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, salt and cayenne; set aside. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add roasted almonds and honey; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; cook 1 minute longer or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; add reserved sugar mixture and toss to coat.
  • Immediately spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1/3 cup: 317 calories, 21g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 404mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • vivian
    Dec 29, 2016

    Many online recipes for this are similar and I tried one but was not happy with results. I do really like this one. The slight kick of cayenne and salt is just right. If you use the .5 c sugar they are heavily carmalized. I reduced it to .33 cup total and that was fine for me. Also a very slight glaze of oil on the wax paper will make for easier release without having paper stick to bottom of almonds. This recipe is a keeper.