Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sugar & Spice Roasted Almonds

A big THANK YOU to Food Buzz for choosing my Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms for the Top 9 recipes of the day. Jeff and I were so surprised and excited when we received an e-mail this morning then saw the cookies on their website this morning!

I eat raw almonds every day-you should too. Did you know a handful of almonds a day can lower cholesterol significantly? All nuts are good for that, but almonds especially. One teeny ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein. And although almonds contain some fat, it is almost all "good fat" that our bodies need! So, eat your almonds. If you don't like raw almonds or think that is too boring for an afternoon snack, add some sugar and spice...and unfortunately a few more calories too of course ;)

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound almonds, pecans, or any other nut
First, combine the sugars, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and salt in a small bowl.

Next, wisk the egg white and water together until it becomes foamy.

Cover the raw almonds in the egg white/water mixture and stir well so that all the nuts are coated well.

Finally, sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture onto the egg white covered almonds. Toss around until all are coated and drain any excess liquid.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set your oven to 300 degrees. Lay the almonds onto the cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

After 30 minutes, take them out to cool. Don't forget to watch some Dora while doing so :) Proof that I am a nanny...I sing Dora songs ALL day long. And I must admit that TV is good for some things-like teaching 2 year olds Spanish. Yesterday in the car, Sean says to me, "Rojo means red." He's 2. He's a genuis.

These are great for Christmas gifts, or for an appetizer for a holiday party. They are easy to make and much healthier than cookies or cupcakes!

A little tip for keeping the pounds off during the holidays-when you go to a party, bring a healthy dish! Offer to make something healthy that you love and snack on that all night instead of all of the other dips and desserts.

Ps. Did you notice the new font for the blog post title? I am going to try a few different ones the next few days in hopes to find the perfect one! Yes, I am anal and obsess over things like this. So, let me know which one you like better so far!


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