These paleo vegan candied almonds are lightly naturally sweetened, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla and make excellent last-minute gifts!
If you’re anything like me, you probably still haven’t bought all your Christmas gifts yet and the thought of going shopping at this point doesn’t sound all that fun.
So here’s a homemade treat that you can whip up in no time! You likely already even have everything you need in your pantry. Not only are these candied almonds a great last-minute present, but they’re seriously delicious and made a tad healthier!
A lot of candied nut recipes call for corn syrup and a huge amount of sugar. All the sweetener you need for this recipe is 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar or granulated sugar.
The maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon add a lot of flavor and I can pretty much guarantee you – you won’t miss all the extra sugar found in other recipes!
Don’t like almonds? Feel free to use a different type of nut! These healthier maple candied walnuts are another great gift option. The only ingredients you need for those are walnuts and maple syrup. I think these candied almonds are tastier, though.
These almonds hold up very well so you can make them several days in advance. The only problem with them is that they’re so addictive. If you’re making these as gifts, you’ll probably want to double or triple the recipe!
Just make sure your pan is large enough to handle all the nuts. You don’t want to be slopping the hot, cooking candy mixture all over.
I originally posted this recipe in 2012 but the pictures were so bad that I never shared the recipe anywhere. If you’ve made these before, don’t worry – it’s the same exact recipe.
And also, check out the reviews if you need any convincing to make these. I especially like this one: “I’ve been trying different candied almond recipes for several years now, and HANDS DOWN this is the BEST!!!”
Yay! By the way, I LOVE it when you all leave feedback on recipes. I really do appreciate it! And I know the other readers appreciate them, too.
Are you all ready for Christmas? I’m not, but at least I have a few bags of these candied almonds to hand out. I think this will be my last post for the year. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great start to 2017!
Paleo Vegan Maple Cinnamon Candied Almonds
Note: Pictures were updated in 12/2016.