Cinnamon Almonds roasting in the slow cooker is the perfect way to make your whole house smell like Christmas. The cinnamon and sugar coating gives the almonds a sweet crunch.
For an extra festive look and flavor to the Cinnamon Almonds, we like to sprinkle on some crushed candy cane pieces. I got this recipe for Cinnamon Almonds from our friend Alyssa over at the Recipe Critic (HERE). When I saw them I knew I had to try them. Coming from the Recipe Critic, they were going to be good! Let’s just say Alyssa has amazing taste in food! If you haven’t ever checked out her site, we highly recommend!!
These almonds made my house smell amazing! It reminded me of the yummy smell of roasted nuts at football games. These were so easy to make, and a lot cheaper than the ones you buy at the game, but every bit as good! I got my almonds from the bulk section at Winco, which made them even more affordable.
Cinnamon Almonds Variations and Substitutions
At the very end I added a little crushed candy cane to make them look more festive, it was really yummy, but totally optional if you are not a peppermint lover. If you do love peppermint, you can add a little peppermint extract to the mix for a more minty flavor.
Feel free to substitute the almonds for pecans or hazelnuts. Both are really yummy! If cinnamon isn’t your thing, substitute the cinnamon for some caramel topping for a caramel flavored crunch. I also want to try adding coconut half way through the cooking process for some toasted coconut almonds. I’ll let you know how it turns out. 🙂
Other Almond Recipes
If you are an almond lover you definitely need to check out some of our other recipes with almonds.
Cranberry Almond Coffe Cake- perfect for a Holiday breakfast or brunch.
Homemade Almond Joys- like the candy bar, but better!
Cranberry Almond Bacon Cheese Ball- this is one of my favorite Holiday appetizers.
Raspberry Almond Fudge Ice Cream Cake- a rich and delicious dessert.
Cinnamon Almonds in the Slow Cooker
Prepare your slow by heating it on low while you prepare the almonds.
Mix together sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
In another bowl, with a hand mixer, mix together the egg white and vanilla until it is frothy.
Put all the almonds in a large plastic bag and pour in the vanilla/egg mixture. Seal and toss making sure the almonds are thoroughly coated. This will help the mixture stick to the almonds during the cooking process.
Before adding anything, spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Then add the almonds from the plastic bag. Pour your cinnamon/sugar mix over the almonds and stir it around until it is coated well on the almonds. Be prepared for your house to smell amazing!
You want to cook on low for about 3-4 hours. Mine took about 3. Stirring every 20 to 30 minutes. The mix around the almonds will be dry until the last step. When the almonds have cooked the desired amount of time, before removing from the slow cooker, add 1/4 cup water and stir well. This will ensure a crunchy coating and help the sugars stick to the almonds and harden.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the almonds onto the sheet to cool. The almonds should be pretty sticky so be sure to seperate them the best that you can. (Optional: this is where I sprinkled on the crushed candy cane pieces). Allow almonds to cool completely before removing.