This recipe combines the delicious flavor of cinnamon and the mild flavor of sage for one tasty, protein-packed snack!
Ever notice how my blog is called The Almond Eater but I never talk about almonds? HA, yeah me too. If I’m being honest, it’s not intentional, and if I’m really being honest it might maybe be because 99% of the time I prefer raw, unsalted almonds. I know, so boring, but it’s true. BUT, occasionally I enjoy flavored almonds, especially when they’re covered with cinnamon and sage.
Making flavored almonds is so incredibly easy, it’s a shame I don’t do it more frequently. Maybe I will….maybe this is the beginning of something beautiful. Ya see, raw almonds were my first love, then came the flavored almonds. Anything from chocolate covered (the actual BEST EVER) to Smokehouse to Coconut—I loved ‘em all. But after awhile, I really just craved the simple flavor of almonds. I know—SNOREFEST. Let’s jazz things up a bit, shall we?
So as I’m sure you know, cinnamon makes everything better. I recently took Amanda’s advice and started putting cinnamon in my coffee. Best. decision. ever. What else can I put cinnamon on?? Chicken? Maybe. Potato chips? Yes. Almonds? Definitely. Cinnamon almonds are deeeeelicious, especially combined with the mild flavor of sage. Why sage? Well, why not! Recipes are better with two ingredients. You wouldn’t want to just eat french fries with sea salt when you could eat french fries with sea salt AND ketchup, right? ….right. Just go with it. Why eat cinnamon almonds when you can eat cinnamon AND sage almonds?
These almonds take a whopping five minutes to prepare, so you can’t use the ole “I didn’t have time” excuse when your friends ask you why you didn’t bring almonds to the party like you said you were going to. I’m just warning you—that excuse won’t fly. Plus, why would you want it to? If you bring these almonds to a party you WILL be the life of the party.
Oh, and in case you were wondering when my almond obsession started….well….I don’t really remember. What I do remember is packing a bag of almonds in my purse every day so when I was working one of my college jobs (i.e. being a hostess) I wouldn’t starve to death. I love almonds for their taste AND for their protein content. Woooooo!
- 16 oz. (approx. 3½ cups) raw almonds
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp+1/2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp+pinch of dried sage
- Eat oil over skillet and add almonds; stir so that the almonds are covered with oil.
- Add cinnamon and sage and mix. Let the almonds "roast" for at least five minutes.
- Taste test, add salt if necessary--if not, remove from heat and....
Q: Do you prefer flavored almonds or raw, unsalted almonds?