One of the things I miss eating around the holidays is candied nuts. This year, I was determined to come up with a healthier alternative. And I finally found the winning combination. I’m very excited to share this recipe for Cinnamon Caramel Candied Almonds!!
When I was growing up, candied nuts were kind of a big deal. Around Christmas, there was always a big container in my grandmother’s cabinet. It was on the top shelf and always felt like it was soooo high up there. I would have to go get one of the stools, drag it over and climb up onto the seat. I’d get on my tippy toes and grab the jar.
They had so much sugar on them! I knew I wasn’t supposed to be having too many, but, like most kids, I loved sugar. So I would keep going back for more, leaving little sticky fingerprints all over the stool, the cabinet doors, the counter and the jar of goodies.
Over the years, I got to have candied walnuts, pecans and almonds. They all offer a different texture and flavor that pair well with the sweetness of the sugar. These days I eat more almonds than any other nut, so that is what I started experimenting with.
The process was very easy and the finished product was sooooo good. I decided to use some of my sugar-free caramel syrup that I use in coffee and when baking protein bars. (I promise to share the protein bar recipe one day!) It adds great flavor without the extra calories. Typically, candied almonds are around 500 calories per quarter cup, but these are only 181. Not too shabby, if you ask me!
To this day my grandmother still has candied nuts every Holiday season. I intend to keep that tradition alive in my family with these lower-calorie Cinnamon Caramel Candied Almonds.
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