Just ten minutes are needed to make these smoky, flavorful sugar free caramelized almonds made over stovetop! By using a paleo friendly natural sugar substitute, these sugar free almonds are also vegan and gluten-free- The perfect snack to enjoy anytime!
Let’s talk American football.
American football…..Is American.
American football…..Uses a ball.
American football…..Is a sport.
American football…..Is on TV.
American football….Starts with an ‘A’
Safe to say, this Aussie over here is completely clueless when it comes to American football. Before you scoff at me thinking it’s because I’m a new transplant here, think again. I am completely clueless when it comes to sport back when I was in Australia. My friends were probably embarrassed by my lack of knowledge of basic sports facts….like how the A in AFL (Australian Football League) stood for Australian.
In 2010, my mates asked me to go to an NBA game (Winter time) for them when I was over here. I did….and left after 20 minutes after taking photos and buying a personal pan pizza.
In 2012, my mates asked me to go to a Baseball game (Summer time) when I was over here. I did….and left after 20 minutes after taking a photo of the Yankee Stadium, buying a NYC cap and of course, a hot dog.
Need any more proof of my usefulness when it comes to sport?
Didn’t think so.
What I DO know about American football is the food that is associated with it. I used to read blogs last year with envy at their various parties and those epic snacks they had on board. Mini hot dogs, sliders, candy coated nuts, salted nuts and well, NUTS!
When my friends at Blue Diamond suggested the idea that nuts could be THE game day snack, I couldn’t agree more. I’d take nuts over the game other typical snacks any day- Especially with their two epic flavors, Wasabi and Soy Sauce and Smokehouse almonds. Instead of showcasing some delicious combinations which these nuts could be used with, I thought I’d share one of my favorite hacks using the humble almond which takes barely any time and gives all of you with a sweet tooth something to dance to- Stovetop Sugar Free Caramelized Almonds!
While the salty snacks tend to take centre stage during gatherings and parties, it’s time for those who can’t tame their sweet tooth to have some fun on the action. For the recipe, I used Blue Diamond’s Smokehouse almonds and gave it my ‘sugar free caramelization’ treatment. Because they were so flavorful and I didn’t want to detract from the smokey flavor, I cut back on the sweetness from my original recipe. These sugar free caramelised almonds use granulated monk fruit instead of white sugar, table sugar or any artificial sweetener. It gives just the right amount of sweetness without taking over the smokey flavor. It’s also naturally paleo, gluten free and vegan.
HACK! These can also be made in the oven if you’d prefer that over the stovetop method- Simply coat the almonds as directed and line them on a baking tray (without spraying in oil) to toast, stirring halfway through- Oh and at 325 degrees!
Make these healthy stovetop sugar free caramelized almonds and the next time the game is on, invite me over. Not to watch the game….to tend the food table.
Just kidding, I’ll watch the game.
Healthy Sugar Free Caramelized Almonds
- 2 containers Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds approximately 1 1/2 cups
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/4 cup + 1 T granulated monk fruit sweetener can use coconut palm sugar or a stevia baking blend
- 2 tablespoon water
- Heat a large frying pan or deep pot on medium heat. When hot, add the monk fruit sweetener, cinnamon and water and mix until fully combined. Allow to heat up, stirring occasionally.
- When the sweetener has completely melted, add the almonds and mix until fully incorporated. Watch over the pan and continue stirring often until most of the sugar has been coated and beginning to crystallise. Continue stirring until they begin to start loosing moisture.
- Remove pan from the heat and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Stir several times before transferring to a baking tray to cool completely.
Almonds can be stored in an airtight container and are freezer friendly!
Blue Diamond’s almonds can be used in other ways….like these!
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I’ve never tried monk fruit – now I think I have to!
It’s so versatile and no bitter taste!
You know what makes these even better?… That you only need 5 ingredients!!! That’s so nice and simple 🙂 I can’t wait to try these lovelies out!
Cheers, T! 😀
I love how easy these are! I’m definitely a sports fan, although I’d prefer going to a soccer game or a track meet over a football game. But I will happily watch football on tv. 🙂
Ohh that’s right- The family are big on the athletics front!
You may not know about sports, but you do know about easy simple healthy recipes. I am totally making these this weekend, and I will enjoy them while watching my Bengals 🙂
Haha cheers, Amy!
What the heck is monk fruit sweetener? You always know all the exotic ingredients. You would probably hate going through my kitchen, it’s so basic haha.
I like having football on on the weekends, but I don’t get super into it. I do, at least, know the rules of the game 😉
Hahaha noooo. I brought this from Australia but I think they have it here too!
Unless the All Blacks are playing, I have absolutely zero interest in sport. Every single person I’ve dated who’s loved sports has had to promise me that there would be food involved. I would be right there with you taking photos of the food and leaving! haha
Right? I was like…okay bye.
Where is your “original” recipe… I searched for it on your site, but this is the only one that came up…I am hoping to be able to make this with raw almonds… do you have a recipe for doing that? I would suppose I could roast them in the oven and then follow this recipe but add more sweetener… What do you think?
Thanks for all you do… love your recipes.
No worries at all, Jean! It’s under ‘sugar free caramelised nuts’.
you are not alone..my boyfriend breathes, lives, and eats college football so you know the trauma i go through every season..but food, esp when theres pizza and wings involved im their biggest fan 🙂
I only appreciate sports during the Olympics. I don’t understand football nor why Americans spend so much money on it. Draftkings? Fantasy Football? Come on. I’ll take a pass! I do love to munch on nuts, but my favorite snack would have to be animal crackers. If they are involved, I would suffer through the event of large men hurting each other. It’s my American duty.
Oh true- I could watch MOST sports during the olympics!
I have never tried monk fruit sweetener. I have never even HEARD of monk fruit sweetener. But these almonds look delicious. And I am always always glad to learn and try new things here at the Big Man’s World. Have an awesome weekend Arman!
🙂 Thanks so much, Allie!
I have heard of monk fruit sweetener, but not tried it. These almonds look tasty!
Thanks so much, Joanne! 🙂
I don’t like football, but I do like the looks of your nuts!
I have 2 full sacks of almonds.. Will try it out.. Love the clicks..
Please do! 🙂
Yum! Would try these with some sprouted almonds, this is a great snack!
Ohh that sounds great, Jessica!
Confession: unless it’s hockey or snowboarding, I don’t really -get- sports on TV. I think football is way more an American thing than a Canadian one, so I never really understand all the hype that comes around at this time of the year. Hockey, on the other hand… swoon.
Apparently, blood bounces on ice. I read that in a KID’S BOOK GROWING UP.