Tired of giving away sweet treats. Almonds are a good source of protein and fiber. Add some bacon in the mix and you definitely have some extra protein per bite. Don’t think this is a flavorful combo, then you definitely have a surprise in store. I was sitting in a church waiting for a concert to start when I found this recipe. A friend handed me the Rachel Ray magazine to pass time. My love for these bacon maple glazed almonds recipe started there and I wish I had more in my cupboard.
Make these for your game day party or to give away as gifts. We didn’t have enough left over to gift but next year I might buy raw almonds in bulk and gift these up for friends and neighbors.
If you have never made glazed nuts before, the process is super easy. We often make glazed walnuts or almond slices for salad toppings. While these would be lovely in a salad, I suggest keeping them as a snacking nut.
You will bake the cooked bacon, maple syrup and toasted almonds until they reach the perfect color. Don’t try to eat them right out of the oven, trust me, you will burn your mouth and they don’t taste as good hot.
Once they have cooled completely you will see the yummy texture of the glazed almonds and crispy bacon. The pieces of bacon are so small you really won’t notice them but you will taste them. I added some cayenne pepper to my mixture to give them an extra kick, but that is totally optional.
Package some up in a glass jar and add a label. Be sure to store any extra in a sealed container as well. Glazed almonds are the perfect snack and homemade gift for any occasion. If your taste buds are anything like ours, they will not last long sitting in a bowl.
Bacon Maple Glazed Almonds Recipe (adapted from Rachel Ray)
Maple Bacon-Glazed Almonds are a great gift or snack item. Baked flavored almonds.
- 2 cups whole almonds
- 2 slices bacon chopped
- 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. turbinado sugar
- 1 tsp. flaky sea salt plus more for garnish
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne plus more for garnish (optional)
On baking sheet, bake almonds at 350° until toasted, about 5 minutes. In skillet, cook chopped bacon over medium-high, stirring often, until crispy, about 5 minutes. Add almonds and remaining ingredients; toss to coat completely.
Transfer the nut and bacon mixture to parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread the mixutre out evenly. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until glazed, Sprinkle with more salt and cayenne (optional) let cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.