Thursday, October 30, 2014

DIY Honey Mustard Almonds

Just a handful a day!!!
It's no secret that almonds are a healthy snack.  The mono-unsaturated fats help to optimize our serum cholesterol levels, and along with the fabulous fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants that almonds provide, may help us decrease our risk for cardiovascular diseases. 

Just 1 ounce of almonds (about 24), also provides us with ~7gm of protein, roughly the amount in 1 egg.  This combination of protein, fiber and fats makes for a great satiating snack between meals.  And the best part is that nuts are wonderfully portable- keep a small baggie in your desk, car or purse so that hunger is never an excuse to stop for a less optimal meal.  

And the greatest part about making your own? DIY is much more economical than shelling out anywhere from 3-7 bucks on each small container of nuts in the grocery store!

Start by whisking together your honey mustard mixture... 

Then, toss your almonds in the sauce until well coated.  

Then, you just spread evenly on your prepped backing sheet, and cook at 300 degrees, stirring every 10 minutes until almonds are fragrant and browned, about 30 minutes total.

Soooooo, easy right??!!

Honey Mustard Almonds
3 cups raw almond
1/4 cup honey (preferably local)
1Tb Dry Mustard Powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and lightly coat with non-stick spray.
2. Whisk together honey, mustard, salt and paprika.  Pour over almonds and mix well to evenly coat. 
3. Spread almonds on baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until slightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes.
4. Pour almonds into shallow container to cool.  Stir frequently to keep the almonds from sticking together when cooled.  Store in an airtight container for about a week.

Recipe Facts

 1/4 cup
 10 minute(s)
 30 minute(s)
Nutrition Facts per serving (38)g
Calories: 191.7
Fat Calories: 132
Total Fat 15g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 97.2mg
Total Carb 10.9g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 6.8g
Protein 7g

21% Carb
14% Protein
65% Fat

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