Sweetly Spicy Almonds (2 Net Grams)


Almonds – They Do A Body Good

Image: Almonds GraphicI love almonds because as a snack they are a nutrient dense power house of goodness. Good for me, good for my body. Studies suggest that a one ounce serving which is about a 1/4 of a cup is loaded with nutrients and are touted for their health benefits. This chart from the Dr. Josh Axe website shows just how nutrient dense that one ounce serving is. You’ll find yourself hard pressed to get that same nutrient density and hunger fighting power from something like say a Snickers candy bar. The said Snickers bar was my dragon.

The Almonds Challenge

The problem I had with almonds is that they can get boring and bland when one is consuming them daily in their raw state. That’s when that window of opportunity would open up for that Snickers candy bar. I would want something sweet and salty to curb my appetite till dinner time and almonds weren’t cutting it.

The challenge became coming up with something that was sweet, as well as had that salty element. It needed to be something so good that it would put that dragon of mine, to sleep for good. As an extra element of surprise I included a whisper of heat to go along with the sweet. That’s a winning combination that I borrowed from Asian cuisine. This is what effectively helps me stay motivated, on track and satisfied.

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Sweetly Spicy Almonds

These sweetly spicy almonds are consistently on my to do list of easy to make ahead snacks. After I make a batch, I portion them out individually and keep them in my freezer. This makes for an easy grab and go for my low carb arsenal. They are appreciated and especially welcome when I reach that ready to chew on some cardboard stage of hunger and dinner time is still an hour or more away. With these that dragon of mine is finally sleeping soundly. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing. Mike

 

 

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Sweetly Spicy Almonds
These sweetly spicy almonds are a quick and easy thing to make for your low carb arsenal. They will be much appreciated and especially welcome when you reach that ready to chew on some cardboard stage of hunger and dinner time is still an hour or more away.
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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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1 oz Servings (About 1/4 of a cup.
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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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1 oz Servings (About 1/4 of a cup.
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°
  2. Place your almonds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Roast in the oven for 11-12 minutes. Don't go beyond that or the almonds will burn.
  3. In a large zip lock baggie combine the brown sugar, cayenne and salt. Close the bag and shake a few times to distribute the spice and sugar mix evenly.
  4. While the almonds are roasting put the fiber syrup, water and coconut oil in a large sauce pan and stir to combine.
  5. When the almonds are done let them sit for a minute and dump them all at once into your sauce pan and turn the heat on to medium and begin to stir your almonds. The mixture is going to heat up quickly and start bubbling, so just keep stirring until there is no liquid left in the bottom of the pan and the almonds are glistening evenly. Pull them off the heat.
  6. With a large spoon scoop the almonds into your zip lock baggie. When all the almonds are in the bag, seal the bag and shake vigorously to distribute the sugar evenly around the almonds. Leave them in the bag and freeze them. This will make it really easy to break them apart and portion them out later on.
  7. Now all that's left to do is enjoy them!
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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts - Calculated using My Fitness Pal
Servings 16 - 1 Ounce Servings (Approximately 1/4 Cup Each.)

Calories 180

Fat 16g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 143mg, Potassium 212mg, Total Carbs 8g, Fiber 6g, Sugars 1g,
Protein 6g, Net Grams 2g

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Mike

Mike is a proud UCLA Bruin and low carb recipe enthusiast. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his dog Bella. Together they are living the Dream.

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