Friday, February 03, 2012

Cinnamon Almonds ~ a healthy snack

The other day I was browsing through one of my favorite Jane Brody cookbooks,  Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet, and came upon a recipe for cinnamon-toasted nuts.  I had bought a bag of wonderful whole almonds at a terrific price a couple of weeks ago, and had been wondering just how to use them other than snacking on them plain.  Jane's recipe calls for both almonds and hazelnuts, and uses double the quantity that I used.  I chose to only make half the recipe because I wanted to be able to use some of my almonds for something else.

I must emphasize that these almonds are not a sweet, glazed type of snack.  They are plain and simple, roasted almonds dusted with cinnamon.  The only sweetness comes from the nuts themselves and the cinnamon.  But you might find, as I did, that they make a satisfying, healthy snack (in moderation, of course) that will help you stick to a healthy eating plan.

Here's the recipe:
CINNAMON ALMONDS
1 cup whole almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400ΒΊ.  Spread out the almonds on a baking pan.  Sprinkle the cinnamon over the almonds and stir to combine.  Toast for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.  Cool before eating or storing.  I put mine in a little jar and they are retaining their cinnamon flavor nicely.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds good to me! I love almonds & usually snack on them plain but I also love cinnamon so I'm going to have to try this out :-)

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  2. They are so easy! Makes your kitchen smell so nice while they're roasting, too. And cinnamon has a lot of health benefits as well. Hope you enjoy these if you try them!

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  3. I am making these! I love almonds and cinnamon :) and I am putting cinnamon in everything right now, the midwife said that cinnamon will help to raise the core body temperature. Also, as you mentioned it has lots of health benefits. I don't think I will need to worry about storing them though :).

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  4. Oh, I hope you enjoy these when you try them! I got the idea a couple of days ago to try another batch using pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. I thought the other spices like ginger, etc. might add to the flavor. They are good, but no better than the plain cinnamon. I'm glad I tried it though!

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