DIY Almond Holiday Gifts

The holidays can be extremely stressful. The parties, the hosting, and most of all: the gift giving. This is especially tough when it comes to deciding what to bring for hostess gifts. Sure, you could bring a bottle of wine or a vase of flowers but that’s old and done. There are ways to make a handmade and thoughtful gift—without the stress.

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I love sweets and the holidays bring them in like no other. Instead of munching on high-sugar and artificial options, make and gift spiced almonds. They are a smarter option and can be made either sweet or savory.

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Decorate jars or gift bags filled with these yummy almonds ahead of time to bring as a last minute hostess gift.

Cinnamon + Coconut Sugar Almonds

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white (or 2 tablespoons liquid egg whites), beaten until frothy
  • ½ ounce coconut sugar
  • ½ ounce cinnamon
  • 1 pound almonds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray
  • In a bowl, whisk together egg white and spices. Add the almonds to the bowl and stir to coat the almonds completely
  • Spread almonds in a single layer on the cookie sheet and roast for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven and stir almonds to keep them from sticking. Return to oven and roast another 10 minutes
  • Remove cookie sheet to a cooling rack and stir again; allow almonds to cool completely
  • Fill Mason jars or gift bags with almonds and decorate as desired

Rosemary + Paprika Almonds

This recipe is identical to cinnamon + coconut almonds but calls for different dry ingredients, ½ ounce dried rosemary leaves and ½ ounce paprika. This recipe is the perfect mix of savory and spicy!

Honey-Spiced Almonds

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 6 cups whole almonds
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Pink Himalayan salt
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°degrees
  • Add oil to a large sauté pan and heat on high. Add almonds to pan, toast for one minute and stir often
  • Reduce heat to low and continue to stir
  • Add honey and spices, salt, and sesame seeds and stir to coat evenly
  • Spread almonds out evenly on a large greased sheet tray and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes and until honey is dry. Allow almonds to cool before serving

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