Grab ‘n’ Go Snacks: Pumpkin Spiced Almonds

For families on the go, nuts are the perfect portable snack. To appeal to a kid's sweet tooth, simply add honey. Our final grab ‘n’ go snack recipe in March’s Cook This series is Pumpkin Spiced Almonds. Almonds have so many health benefits including helping to build strong bones and teeth, providing healthy fats, providing good brain function and reducing the risk of heart attack. And that aforementioned honey is a natural sweetener that does not cause a "sugar rush" like processed sugar.

The Pumpkin Spiced Almonds may be easily adapted by using whatever spice appeals to your family. A simple dusting of cinnamon would be just as delicious as the pumpkin pie spice.

Enjoy the sweetened almonds during the next family road trip, for breakfast over yogurt, during the afterschool dash, or just by themselves!

Pumpkin Spiced Almonds

inspired by Weelicious Lunches

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Canola oil spray

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Place the almonds on a rimmed cookie sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the almonds from the oven and place them in a bowl.
  • Drizzle with honey and add the spice and salt.
  • Stir to combine, making sure that each almond is coated.
  • Lightly spray the baking sheet with canola spray and spread the almonds evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Store in a covered container for up to 2 weeks.

Note: Chai spice variation: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp ginger, and 1/2 tsp cardamom.

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