This healthy Cinnamon Roasted Almond snack recipe comes together in 10-minutes and has just four ingredients. It’s completely vegan with very little added sugar.
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are one of my go-to healthy snacks. I always have a variety of unsalted nuts in my house to satisfy my hunger cravings. I like to spice up (literally) my nuts with my own homemade recipes. These 4-ingredient Cinnamon Roasted Almonds take the flavor of almonds to a whole new level in just 10-minutes.
As a matter of fact, they are one of my go-to snack recommendations for veggie athletes. If you’re looking for more snack and meal inspiration, download this FREE 7 Day Vegetarian Athlete Meal Plan!
Are almonds good for you?
I’m a big fan of eating nuts as a snack. They have the right combination of nutrients to keep you full between meals. Almonds have 6 grams of protein in 1 ounce (or about 23 almonds) and contain160 calories. That’s a great source of vegetarian protein.
Almonds also have healthy unsaturated fats. This nutrient is super important in regulating hunger throughout the day. A little bit of fat can go a long way in keeping you full between meals. Plus, the fat in almonds has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol in healthy adults and those with high cholesterol and Diabetes.
Almonds are higher in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin than any other tree nut. And lastly, one ounce of almonds contains 14% of your daily dose of dietary fiber! Fiber aids in digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer.
When it comes to buying nuts, I always recommending opting for the unsalted and/or unflavored variety to avoid added calories and unnecessary sodium.
How to make Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are incredibly easy to make. Start with raw whole unsalted almonds and add some agave, cinnamon and salt. Mix well until the almonds are coated in the spice mixture and lay out flat on a baking sheet. Roast in an oven for 10 minutes and enjoy your subtly sweet snack.
As a bonus, your entire kitchen will smell like warm cinnamon while these nuts roast. I also love to eat them warm, but they taste great any time of the day.
When should I snack on Cinnamon Roasted Almonds?
If you feel like you fall into the snack trap of eating processed junk in between meals, then you need to make a batch of these Cinnamon Roasted Almonds for the week. You can make one of two big batches and snack on them throughout the week.
They make a great snack at anytime of the day, but especially during these times:
- mid-morning snack, in between breakfast and lunch
- mid-afternoon snack, in between lunch and dinner
- healthier after dinner dessert
- add them to your breakfast! Use them as a topper for yogurt or oatmeal
- spice up your savory lunch salad with some sweet crunchy Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
- replace your lunchtime bag of chips with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
- put a bowl out when entertaining guests
And if you prefer chocolate instead of cinnamon, check out these Chocolate Almond Bites!
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
- 1 cup raw whole almonds
- ½ tablespoon agave
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- cooking spray or drizzle of Canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place almonds in a mixing bowl. Drizzle agave or honey over the almonds. Use a spatula to stir and coat the almonds with agave.
Mix in cinnamon and salt and stir a with spatula. Try to make sure the almonds are evenly coated.
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, or drizzle with canola oil (spread oil over pan with paper towel). Spread almonds evenly on the pan.
Bake for 10 minutes.
While still warm, taste the almonds and add a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. Let cool, and enjoy!