Healthy Sugar Free Cinnamon Candied Almonds (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

5 from 79 votes

These healthy cinnamon candied almonds will be your new favorite sugar-free and keto-friendly dessert or protein-packed snack! Crunchy almonds loaded with cinnamon, these sugar free cinnamon almonds are made stovetop and need just 4 ingredients! Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb.

A jar of stovetop sugar free candied almonds

Low Carb Cinnamon Candied Almonds

When it comes to the holidays, the cinnamon flavor comes out in full-throttle. The good old humble nuts also play a big role.

We love enjoying sugar free candied pecans, candied cashews, and even some easy sugar free candied almonds. It’s time for it to get a heavy dose of cinnamon to add to the mix!

As an avid cinnamon fan, I’m often perplexed as to why people seem to really have a hatred towards anything with cinnamon in it.

There is no better scent out there than anything with a dash of cinnamon, and this REALLY becomes evident during the holiday season. 

This year, I’ve made it my mission to ensure that all the gifts I give are 100% homemade. As someone who has NO artistic skills or talent, this means edible gifts it is!

Pecans seem to take center stage when it comes to candied nuts, but I must say, I prefer candied nuts of the almond variety. They aren’t as greasy, they are crunchy, crispy and hold much more of the cinnamon than the other nuts.

They are even more protein-packed and filling, making them the perfect snack to enjoy between meals or to keep hunger at bay.

Sugar Free Candied Cinnamon Skillet Almonds

Healthy Candied Almonds without sugar

It sounds like the ultimate oxymoron, to have candied cinnamon almonds with no sugar. However, these candied almonds have all the sweetness and texture!

Instead of using white sugar, brown sugar or honey, I used a granulated zero calorie sweetener, monk fruit. It has the same texture and flavor of white sugar, minus the carbs and calories.

It also is suitable for those following a keto, low carb, and vegan diet. 

Using monk fruit sweetener will ensure the almonds are caramelized and have the sugar coating on each nut which is mandatory!

The addition of cinnamon takes it up a notch and really gives it that festive flavor and feeling. If possible, use Saigon Cinnamon (as opposed to dutch processed), as it really has a robust punch to it!

Sugar Free Stovetop Candied Cinnamon Almonds

Sugar Free Candied Almonds

The best part of these sugar free candied almonds is that they taste just like classic candied almonds. This means they are the perfect edible gift to give others over the holidays, or even serve as appetizers or a healthy dessert.

They also last a VERY long time. One batch can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 months! Just be sure to keep it covered or in a sealed container. I’ve also sent these candied sugar free almonds overseas (thank you, international mail!). 

I understand not everyone celebrates Christmas or other holidays around December, but that doesn’t mean candied almonds can’t be enjoyed! Sugar free candied almonds make a delicious protein-packed and filling snack between meals. They are packed with fiber, healthy fats and the crunchy texture we all love.

Easy Stovetop Sugar Free Almonds

To say this recipe is fool-proof and easy is an understatement! They take literally 10 minutes to whip up and you don’t need an oven- They are made stovetop!

It’s a simple process of heating up all the ingredients (minus the almonds) until hot, before covering and coating the almonds in it to crystalize! 

Sugar Free Cinnamon Candied Pecans in a jar

A healthy snack, a holiday edible gift or an easy, festive dessert, these sugar free cinnamon candied almonds will be your new favorite!

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Healthy Sugar Free Cinnamon Candied Almonds (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

These healthy cinnamon candied almonds will be your new favorite sugar-free and keto-friendly dessert or protein-packed snack! Crunchy almonds loaded with cinnamon, these sugar free cinnamon almonds are made stovetop and need just 4 ingredients! Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb.
5 from 79 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Arman



  • On medium heat, heat a large pan or skillet.
  • When hot, add 1 cup of your granulated sweetener of choice, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, water, and vanilla extract, and mix until fully combined. Allow to heat up, stirring occasionally. 
  • When the mixture has completely dissolved, add your almonds. Mix your almonds into the sweet mixture, ensuring each almond is evenly coated. Continue to stir until the sweetener begins to crystallize on each almond. Remove from the heat.
  • Allow almonds to sit for 2-3 minutes, before using a spatula to break apart the almonds, before they crystallize together. 
  • Once cooled, toss the almonds in the remaining half cup of sweetener and tablespoon of cinnamon, before transferring to an airtight container. 


* Can be substituted for any granulated sweetener of choice
Healthy Sugar Free Cinnamon Candied Almonds (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) can keep in an air-tight container for up to 3 months. They are also freezer friendly. 


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg | NET CARBS: 1g
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A collage of sugar free candied almonds made in a skillet


27 thoughts on “Healthy Sugar Free Cinnamon Candied Almonds (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

  1. Hi Arman,

    These look so good! I wanted to let you know that maltodextrin, one of the ingredients in the monk fruit sweetener you linked to, is something many people who do keto try to avoid. I’m going to make this today or tomorrow with Lakanto classic. Love your recipes!!

  2. Hello! I made these and for some reason the last step (shaking with remaining sugar substitute (used splenda granular,Equal granular and cinnamon) is not working. It will not stick and all of it keeps settling to the bottom of my container. I tried coating when both completely cooled and then again (thinking it would work better) when almost cooled. No luck. Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? I am really looking to get that “sugary” coating look. Thank you!

  3. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for including the nutritional information, but can you tell me what one portion is considered? Or how many portions the recipe makes? I’m on Weight Watchers and have to keep track of that sort of thing. Thanks!

  4. I NEED to try this now. I’ve been snacking on pistachios like no other (LOL) so it’s a sign that I’m on some kind of nut craze. Anyhow, I’ll dbe sure to try this out, as well as experiment with other varieties of nuts and seeds like cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and more!

  5. About how long does it take for the sweetener to become granulated aftercooking. I am using Monkfruit and i am afraid of burning it.

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for lower carb recipes to mimic the roasted nut vendor that shows up in the local mall near the holidays. I made this recipe exactly as published using Swerve as the sweetner. The Swerve crystalized nicely, and the flavor was great. Using raw almonds produced a final product that tasted good, but was a bit more chewy than crunchy. I’m planning to make the recipe again, but will either roast the almonds ahead of time (~15 min at 325), or purchase them plain and roasted to get that crunch that my family prefers. Overall, a great receipe that would work well with other nuts, too. Thanks!

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