Snack Attack!

Truth be told that snacking throughout the day helps ease cravings and keeps you full. But raw almonds can get slightly boring. I found a way to spice up a simple snack. These Honey-Glazed Almonds from Cooking Light will solve all your snacking problems. It’s a bold, creative twist on a healthy snack. Each bite is packed with with the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.
 
I found this gem in Cooking Light’s Lighten Up, America Cookbook by Allison Fishman Task. It’s filled with favorite American foods all made guilt-free. I am a huge fan of almonds but not going to lie, I do get sick of a handful of raw almonds. That’s where this recipe comes in.
ImageYou’ll need: 1 1/2 c. raw, unblanched almonds; 1 tbsp. sugar; 1 1/2 tbsp. honey, 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle chili powder; 1/4 tsp. ground cumin and 1/4 tsp. salt. Talk about easy.
 
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place almonds in a medium non-stick skillet and cook over medium heat for 6 minutes or until lightly toasted. You’ll want to shake the pan frequently so that they don’t burn! Then, combine sugar and next 4 ingredients (through salt) into a glass measuring cup and microwave on high for about 30 seconds. Once heated, add the honey mixture into the skillet with almonds and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly (make sure all the almonds get coated with the honey sauce!). Finally spread almonds onto parchment-lined baking sheet and let cool for 10 minutes (if you can wait that long).
 
This is an insanely easy and mouthwatering snack that will keep you coming back for more. PLUS it makes your kitchen smell amazing as well! You could try these as an appetizer for a party, a snack for the hectic work week or as a garnish on top of a salad. The options are endless. Test these out and let me know what you think. But until next time, keep eating!
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