Want to make your house smell so good that you could gnaw on the walls? These almonds smell incredible when they are in the oven and taste even better. They have just the right amount of sweetness and the perfect crunch. You can make a half-batch or a double-batch, they will come out the same. Fill a jar with these and you’ve got a great gift, one that will be returned shortly thereafter begging to be refilled. I lean towards more almonds because of their crunch but any combination of nuts will work, I used an almond and peanut combo last time I made these. For a more indulgent treat, check out my recipe for Dark Chocolate Salt & Sugar Almonds.
1 egg white or 2 Tbsp egg substitute (use 2 Tbsp water for vegan)
1 tsp water
4 cups raw almonds (or any mixture of raw nuts)
1 cup packed brown sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Pour egg into a large bowl and whisk or beat until very frothy but not until stiff peaks form. Add water and mix. Add the nuts and stir until they are well coated.
2. Combine the sugar, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix into the almonds until they are well coated. Line 2 baking sheets with tin foil and spray with cooking spray. Spread the almonds onto the baking sheet into 1 layer.
3. Bake for 90 minutes, stirring every 20-30 minutes. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed bag or container.