Friday, April 3, 2015

Cinnamon Spiced Nuts (No Egg White)!

A couple weeks ago, I had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Annapolis, Vin 909. Usually I only order the pizza when I eat there, but this time I decided to start with a salad so that maybe I would eat less pizza (that kind of happened - I ate one or two less slices than usual). The salad that I had was topped with dried figs, blue cheese, and cinnamon spiced nuts. The best part of the salad was definitely the nuts. A couple days after eating out, I googled recipes for cinnamon spiced nuts, and I was disappointed that almost all the recipes I came across recipes called for egg whites, because sometimes I just don't feel like dealing with egg whites! After awhile, I finally came across a recipe that only used water, sugar, and cinnamon. I read the reviews and learned that most people said that the recipe was a success, so I gave it a try. Oh, they were so good! Greg said they tasted better than the nuts that people buy at sporting events for $5 a handful. Greg and I loved snacking on the cinnamon nuts throughout the week, and yesterday I made a salad with them, and it was absolutely delicious. The picture you see of the cinnamon spiced nuts is actually from the salad I made, and I will share that recipe soon. Today I am sharing the recipe for these amazing sweet cinnamon spiced nuts that are made without any egg white! Enjoy.

Recipe for Cinnamon Spiced Nuts (No Egg White)!

1 cup of almonds (you can try other nuts, but I think almonds probably work best)
1 1/2 Tbsp. of water
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
A couple grinds of sea salt
A pinch or two of ground cayenne pepper (optional)

Put the almonds, water, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper (if using) into a large nonstick skillet. Set the skillet over medium heat and stir, constantly, for about 10 - 15 minutes. At first the mixture will be watery, then a little syrupy, and then the almonds will have a sugar coating on them. Once they are coated with the sugar, carefully pour them onto parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and spread them out a bit with a spatula. Allow them to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. They do taste good warm though so feel free to snack on them while they are cooling! These nuts are great for snacking or topping on salads. 

Recipe Adapted from: One Charming Party