One of my favorite smells anytime we would go to the fair would be the candied almonds. Of course most fair food smells delicious (it is usually all deep fried after all), but there is something so distinct about the cinnamon, vanilla, and sugared almonds that I would always go crazy for. Now after food allergies, going to the fair to get all of the deep fried yumminess doesn’t quite work out. It’s honestly probably for the best!
Even though I can’t go to the fair and indulge, I can learn how to make all of my favorites at home with modified ingredients. Well candied almonds were on the must figure out list. They really are pretty simple traditionally, with just cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, water, and almonds there wasn’t much to modify to meet my allergy needs. I’ve seen some recipes that use eggs as well but it just seems really unnecessary since you get the same sugary coating without them.
The only modification I needed was to figure out how to replace the processed sugar since it makes me not feel well. Coconut sugar to the rescue! It has a similar flavor to brown sugar and worked perfectly for these refined sugar free candied almonds. They taste just like what I always used to get at the fair but are much healthier!
They are also so so simple to make. While the almonds roast in the oven for about eight minutes, you combine all the other ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and stir in the almonds. Continue to stir the almonds in the coconut sugar mixture until the liquid turns into a thick syrup like coating about 5-8 minutes. Stir for another 5 or so minutes until the syrup coating starts to crystallize and candy the outside of the almonds. Then spread the almonds on a parchment lined cookie sheet and let cool.
These candied almonds are also one of my favorite treats to make around the holidays. I love having them at home to munch on and also like to add them to my Christmas treat plates that I give to family and friends each year. What are some of your favorite fair foods? If you love candied almonds as much as I do then you are in for a real treat with this recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- 3 cups almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Roast almonds in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 8 minutes.
- While the almonds are roasting, in a medium sized pot, heat coconut sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil whisking frequently.
- Add the almonds to the sugar mixture and stir.
- Reduce heat to medium and stir until the sugar mixture evaporates and leaves a syrup like coating on the almonds (about 5-8 minutes).
- Continue to stir the almonds in the sugar mixture until the sugar starts to crystallize on the almonds and is no longer sticky (about 5-10 minutes).
- Pour the almonds back onto the parchment lined cookie sheet and allow to cool completely before serving.
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