You know those delicious sweet, salty and smoked almonds you can buy at the grocery store that cost a ridiculous amount? I saw a can at my local grocery store for $5! Crazy! These cost me probably less than a $1 to make. Only 4 ingredients and ready in 7 minutes.
They make a perfect gift for somebody this holiday season too.
I ate these with my homemade almond milk. Yum!
Compare these to the cost of flavored almonds from that popular Whitley’s magazine that rolls around every holiday season! Make your own and save on shipping too. 🙂
Sweet Mesquite Almonds
- 1 cup whole raw almonds
- 1/2-1 tablespoon maple syrup depending on how sticky sweet you prefer them I used 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke found near the marinades and barbecue sauces-choose a gluten-free brand if necessary
- Few shakes of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small cup combine the syrup and liquid smoke and stir. In a bowl, add the almonds and pour the liquid over them, stirring until they are evenly coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the almonds onto it and spread them out evenly. Bake for 5 minutes on the center rack. After 5 minutes, remove the pan and stir the almonds with a rubber spoon or spatula, so the bottoms can cook. Place back in the oven for two more minutes. Watch and smell them closely so they don't burn. Use a timer, because they quickly can over cook!
- Remove them from the oven and immediately transfer them to a plate, using a rubber spatula. They will be sticky and clumped together. Over the next 5-10 minutes as they cool, break them apart from each other. They will cool and no longer stick to each other. Store them in the fridge and they will be a lot less sticky.