This chai and honey roasted almonds recipe is deliciously salty and sweet, and makes the perfect healthier snack option or holiday appetizer!

This chai and honey roasted almonds recipe is deliciously salty and sweet, and makes the perfect healthier snack option or holiday appetizer!

What are you all doing on your Labour Day long week-end?  Ours is off to a verrry cold and rainy start.  We are hiding inside, wearing many warm layers, sipping on hot tea.

Do you think long week-ends are cursed by Mother Nature?  I feel like the weather turns bad every long week-end.  Or maybe I’m just jinxed?

I’m not sure I foresee much grilling in our near future.  I definitely see some baking in our future, though!  There is nothing like a little cold weather to get me craving something warm from the oven.

This chai and honey roasted almonds recipe is deliciously salty and sweet, and makes the perfect healthier snack option or holiday appetizer!

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been working at home, writing my thesis.  I am onto chapter two finally!  Woo hoo!  Progress is being made!

I am also progressing through our snack supplies.  I’ve eaten most of our crackers and cheese.  Kai never even got to taste his goldfish crackers.  But the real trouble starts when my sweet tooth kicks in.  I have been known to eat chocolate chips straight from the bag.

I wanted to make something sweet that is {slightly} less guilt-ridden, fills me up a little bit, and has some nutritional benefits.  So roasted almonds it was!

This chai and honey roasted almonds recipe is deliciously salty and sweet, and makes the perfect healthier snack option or holiday appetizer!

This chai and honey roasted almonds recipe is deliciously salty and sweet, and makes the perfect healthier snack option or holiday appetizer!

I thought making honey roasted almonds would be as simple as tossing them in some honey and throwing them in the oven.  I tried it.  I ended up with some sort of really chewy almond/honey brittle that stuck in my teeth in a really bad way.

So I did end up going the extra mile and roasting the almonds first, then simmering them in the honey (with some water and coconut oil), then finally tossing them in a salty/sweet brown sugar/chai spice/sea salt blend.  The extra effort {if you can even call it that} was absolutely 100% worth it.

These guys make a perfect study snack when my sweet tooth kicks in, and would also be great for a work lunch.  They would be great as a party appetizer as well!

They are definitely pretty addictive, so I have to ration them out to avoid almond-bingeing.  But I do get to feel slightly less guilty than I do eating straight up chocolate chips, right?

Have a wonderful long week-end!

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Chai and Honey Roasted Almonds
 
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Roasted almonds are simmered in honey and tossed in salty/sweet chai sugar.
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Recipe type: snack
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chai spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scatter the almonds over the paper. Roast almonds for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Be careful not to burn!
  2. While almonds are roasting, combine the honey, water and coconut oil in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring frequently.
  3. When roasted almonds are ready, toss them in the sauce pan with the honey mixture. Cook, stirring frequently for 5-10 minutes, or until all liquid has absorbed into the almonds.
  4. At this point, transfer the almonds to a large bowl containing the sugar, chai spice and sea salt. If at 10 minutes, there is still some liquid, just drain it off while transferring the almonds. Toss to coat.
  5. Spread almonds on wax paper or the cooled baking sheet and allow to dry for an hour or so.
Notes
Nutritional Information: (1/4 cup)
Calories 213 // Fat 16 g // Saturated Fat 3 g // Cholesterol 0 mg // Sodium 222 mg // Carbohydrate 18 g // Fiber 3 g // Sugars 13 g // Protein 6 g

Chai spice blend can be purchased in specialty spice stores (mine is from Silk Road Spices), or made using this recipe here.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 213 Fat: 16 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 13 g Sodium: 222 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 6 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from Cooks.com

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