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Celebrating a Sweet Christmas with Southwest Sweet and Spicy Glazed Almonds

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As we celebrate this season with parties and festivities with friends and family, there is going to be some wonderful foods to be shared by all. Though most of these food items will be tempting and tasty, from a health point they may not be exactly what the doctor ordered.

This new taste treat is a wonderful touch of the Southwest for your munching pleasure and it is decently healthy as well. Southwest Sweet and Spicy Glazed Almonds (you can substitute your favorite nut) are all natural and pack a pretty good taste punch as well. They are also very easy to make and quick enough to appease those guests who suddenly drop by to wish you holiday cheer.

Ingredients needed to make Southwest Sweet and Spicy Glazed Almonds (makes 2 cups):

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • corn/vegetable oil

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Into a medium bowl add the maple syrup, garlic salt, chili powder, cumin and celery seeds and whisk until very well blended.
  3. Add the almonds to the bowl and stir until coated.
  4. Spoon the ingredients into a non-stick skillet and place in the oven.
  5. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Set out a piece of foil or parchment paper and oil it liberally.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and spoon the glazed almonds onto the prepared foil.
  8. Let cool completely and then break-up and serve.

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