November 13, 2007


Maple-garlic almonds make tasty, healthy gift (JIM ROMANOFF / Associated Press)

Here's something different — a delicious homemade gift that helps, rather than hinders, good health.

These delicately flavored roasted, spiced almonds are loaded with antioxidants and are rich in monounsaturated fats, making them a wonderful heart-healthy treat. [...]

1/4 cup granulated maple sugar or light brown sugar

2 teaspoons granulated garlic

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 large egg white

1 tablespoon water

1 pound raw whole almonds (3 cups)

Preheat oven to 250 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the maple sugar, granulated garlic, pepper and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white and water until foamy. Add the almonds and stir to coat, then pour through a strainer to drain off excess egg white.

Transfer the almonds to the large bowl of sugar and spices; stir to coat well. Spread the almonds evenly over the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes. Stir, and continue baking until the almonds are dry and golden, about 30 minutes more. Let cool before serving or packaging.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2007 8:36 PM
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