Buffalo Spice Almonds are the perfect afternoon snack that's ready in under 10 minutes! They're made with hot sauce, honey and spices, are easy to prepare and are a fun way to enjoy this protein-packed nut.
- A nice change of pace from plain almonds
- Protein-packed snack and full of buffalo flavor
- Dairy free + gluten free, and can be Paleo-friendly with a compliant hot sauce
The full ingredient list is provided in the recipe card below; here, I'm just clarifying a couple of the ingredients.
Almonds - raw, unsalted
Hot sauce - I used Frank's hot sauce, but any kind should work. Alternatively, you can use buffalo sauce.
Step 1: Make the sauce. Add the hot sauce, honey, garlic powder, and chili powder to a saucepan over medium-low heat and whisk until everything is combined.
Step 2: Add the almonds. Turn off the heat from the stove, then pour the almonds into the saucepan and stir until they're completely coated.
Step 3: Bake. Transfer almonds to a nonstick baking sheet (or line a baking sheet with parchment paper), then bake them for 8 minutes or so, which will allow the buffalo marinade to stick to the almonds and prevent the almonds from being sticky to touch.
Tips and tricks
- You may need to add salt depending on your personal preference.
- Though these are called buffalo almonds, I preferred the taste of using a hot sauce mixed with the other ingredients, rather than only using bottled buffalo sauce to flavor the almonds. But, if you only have buffalo sauce on hand, it'll work!
How should I store these?
Store almonds the same way you store raw almonds: in a glass jar or sealed container at room temperature.
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Buffalo Spice Almonds
- 1 ½ cups raw almonds
- ¼ cup hot sauce Frank's
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Whisk hot sauce, honey, chili powder, and garlic powder together in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Turn off heat, then add the almonds, stirring so that they are coated.
- Pour almonds out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, then bake almonds for 8 minutes.
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in March 2015. It was updated with new text and photos in July 2020.
I used great value wing sauce instead of the franks and I added Mike's hot honey instead of regular and I salted the top before baking I also baked till the almonds were nice and crispy. I also used unsalted roasted almonds instead of raw it turned out great and I've been seasoning my almonds for a bout 6 months now and this is my go to recipe from now on!!
I'm so glad you like the almonds!
I tried making this today - it was delicious! My fiancé and I love them, now we have a healthy snack to take to work everyday. I added a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of salt to add a bold savory taste.
Will these nuts keep to bag and put into Christmas gift bags? We are a couple of weeks out from Christmas and 10 days from the gifting event.
They should! I'd recommend just using slightly less honey so they don't completely stick to the bags 🙂
You mention honey in your introduction/the picture, but that's not in the ingredients or directions. Am I reading this wrong?
No! That was my mistake--thank you for pointing it out. It's 2 tsp honey 🙂
Monique @ Burpees to Bubbly says
so many amazing nut recipes here! I never think to make "fancy" nuts, but I eat enough of them that I should!
you are my snack lover! haha so perfect! i love buffalo spice
Sherri @ funfitflavor says
Buffalo is one of my top 5 favorite flavors. These are a MUST - thanks!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Oh lady you are on a roll - first there was that cashew milk ice cream and now these decadently spiced almonds!
As for dog chewing...a tinsy dash of cayenne worked wonders when my Newfie mix was a puppy!
WHAT?! I'm totally trying that--thanks!
Oh stop it - how did you know I've been craving salty spicy almonds?!! I always get myself in trouble when I make snackollas like this cause I end up eating the entire batch...so addicting! I'm loving this buffalo idea you've got going on. Let me at 'em!
It's too difficult to NOT eat them all in one sitting. I don't even try to stop myself anymore.
Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food says
Spicy almonds sound awesome! Basically any recipe that lists sriracha will grab my attention.
And oh man, I'm so glad Bella's not a chewer. One of my girlfriend's had all her favorite shoes destroyed by her dog, so you'd better hide all your good shoes!
I try to keep them hidden but I accidentally left my flip flops out! I'll learn better next time...