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Super Star of Nuts
Spotlight:  ALMONDS

 Here are a few reasons almonds have such an elite status:

  • best source of protein of all the nuts, and high in calcium
  • contains copper, iron, zinc, niacin and vitamins B1, B2 and E
  • an impressive 70% of their fat content is the healthiest mono-unsaturated type
  • contains a high degree of oleic acid, the ingredient in olive oil thought to protect against heart disease

You can buy a big bag of almonds at Costco or Sam’s.  Use them chopped in salads, oatmeal, smoothies or just a handful for a mid-morning snack.

Here’s a yummy way to prepare almonds for a “treat.”  AND it is super easy!  You use the crockpot – and your house will smell divine.  My granddaughters and I made these Cinnamon Almonds a few years ago, put them in cute little bags, and they took them to school for Christmas gifts for their teachers.  I also put them in small red bags and gave them as take-home favors when we entertained through the holidays.  It is a little early for Christmas, but I have seen some decorations out!!

“GO NUTS” and make up a batch of cinnamon almonds to give to a teacher-a friend-someone who needs a smile and a treat : )

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds

Ingredients
1 egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups almonds
1 cup sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
3 Tablespoons of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/8 cup of water

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until it begins to get a little frothy.  Stir in almonds until they are coated in the egg white and vanilla mixture.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Add almonds to cinnamon mixture and toss until completely coated.
  3. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Cook the almonds on high for two hours stirring every 20 minutes. After 2 hours pour your water over the almonds and mix very well to make sure there are no clumps!
  5. Reduce heat to low and cook for one more hour, still stirring every 20 minutes.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread out the almonds to cool and dry on the paper.
    The idea is to let them cool, but sneak a few in the slightly warm stage and they are tasty!

YOUR TURN

What are your favorite holiday snacks that you make for your family or friends or someone you want to “treat”?

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