Appetizer

Tastes Like Bacon Almonds

If you are like me, you enjoy fall for many reasons: the changing colors of the trees, the late season harvest and, football. Especially college football!

Here is a snack that you can enjoy year-round, but these almonds are great to munch on while watching your favorite team win or, sadly, lose. And almonds are even shaped like a football!

This recipe is slightly adapted from one I found in The Naked Kitchen: Veggie Burger Book by Sarah Davies and Kristy Taylor. Though the almonds don’t quite taste like bacon to me, they are smoky, sweet and delicious!

Tastes Like Bacon Almonds

Tastes Like Bacon Almonds

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons maple sugar

2 teaspoons, Pimentón (smoked paprika), divided

2 teaspoons canola or grapeseed oil

1 cup raw almonds

1 teaspoon coconut aminos or soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spice Mixture

Combine the mustard, salt, sugar and 1 teaspoon of pimentón in a small bowl and set aside.

Pimenton and Grapeseed Oil

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the remaining two teaspoons of pimentón and stir well.

Add the Almonds

Add the almonds and stir well until the almonds are well covered. Continue to cook, stirring frequently until they are slightly toasted.

Add the Spice Mixture and Coconut Aminos

Sprinkle the coconut aminos (or soy sauce) and the spice mixture over the almonds and stir until it is well combined.

Bake the Almonds

Spread the almonds on a lined baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes, stirring the almonds a few times as they bake.

Tastes Like Bacon Almonds

Take the almonds out of the oven and let them cool completely before eating.

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