Cocoa Cinnamon Almonds and Spicy Maple Glazed Almonds

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I swear I must have been a squirrel in my former life. I am absolutely in love with nuts! They are a great way to acquire a protein fix, get a boost of energy, or dress up meals like salads and smoothies.

Today I went for a rich and dark cocoa dusted almond with notes of cinnamon and a sweet and spicy almond with sweetness from local maple syrup. While I enjoyed the rich cocoa dusted almonds, the spicy maple glazed were my favored batch. Definitely give these recipes a try!

Cocoa Cinnamon Almonds

– 1 c raw almonds
– 2 tsp honey
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 2 Tbls cocoa
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– pinch of salt

1. Roast almonds in oven at 350F for about 10 minutes
2. Transfer to a small pan, add honey and vanilla until coated
3. In a ziplock back, add cocoa, cinnamon and salt, shake until they’re well combined. Next, add the almonds. Shake, again, and let cool on a sheet pan

Spicy Maple Glazed Almonds
– 2 1/2 c raw almonds
– 1 tsp olive oil
– 1/2 tsp maple extract
– 1 Tbls maple syrup
– 1/4 c sugar
– 1 tsp cayenne
– 1/2-1 tsp sea salt

1. Roast almonds on a sheet pan at 350F for 10 minutes
2. In a pot, add oil, extract and syrup. Add almonds, stir until coated
3. Combine sugar, cayenne and salt into a tupperware/pyrex container or something with a lid
3. Transfer almonds into sugar mixture, shake until all almonds are coated. Let cool on a sheet pan

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