Monday, December 3, 2018

Abby Lab Thinks I'm Going Nuts

Monday's always crazy busy, so for night a very easy recipe to think about making for the holidays. 

Better than Beer Nuts. I make a big batch of these each holiday season to take with me to share with the team, everyone getting their own little baggie full.  It's a favorite of both the carnivores and herbivores and has a great blend of HOT and sweet.  The original recipe called for about 1/3 cup of butter.  To reduce the fat I left that out except for the little bit I greased the cooking pan with and they were still really good.

  • 2 organic egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (this really does add a unique flavor but you can use plain salt)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 4 and 1/2 cups raw almonds (I toast them for a few minutes in the oven at 350 F for about 10 minutes, then cool, to make them extra crunchy)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. and grease a large baking sheet with sides and put it aside.  In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne.  (A jelly roll pan works great).

In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs, water, and a pinch of the salt until foamy (just shy of where it starts peaking).

Mix remaining salt, sugar and cayenne in a small bowl.

Add the cooled almonds and stir until moistened.  Add the sugar, salt, and spice mixture and stir until all the almonds are coated.
Ignore the food hound and try not and nibble any before they go onto the pan.

Arrange in single layer on the pan and bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Set the baking pan on a wire rack to cool.  Keep in an airtight container. 


  1. Those sound really good to Mom. Our neighbor always makes some tasty pecans with sugar and something - she never shares the recipe:) Mom might try these for some neighborly goody bags. Thanks for sharing.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  2. I think Abby's right, you're totally nuts! Now share with your nearest food hound at ONCE!

  3. That sounds so good!!! Maybe I should try this for the neighborhood treat this year!

  4. Yum-may. Those looks fabulous and I may just make a batch to put in the neighbors cookie tins. Thanks for sharing!

  5. that looks tasty!!!! we want them all ;O) you are right with the salt it can do wonders (sort of )

  6. I have made those nuts before and they are delicious!! xoxo


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