Hi Friends and Happy Freaking Friday! Man it was a long one but we are coming to close and the weekend is near!
Today is Recipe Redux Day! Check out this month’s challenge:
“Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box.”
Last month I went a little exotic with the Sweet Bourbon Plantains, so this month I thought I’d go with something a bit more practical since it’s a lunchbox challenge. I don’t know about you but when I pack my lunchbox I’m in the throw it together and move on with my life type mode. Almonds (and other nuts) are simple round bites that can be brought to snack on by themselves or to give a little something extra to salads, yogurts, cottage cheese, oatmeal etc….
For this challenge I wanted to try using coconut sugar since I’ve had the bag forever and haven’t done a thing with it. I also really wanted to make lemon sugar almonds because I’ve totally been feeling lemon flavored things lately! Apparently lemon flavor is not that easy to achieve, after many batches of almonds they only came out slightly lemony. I still really liked them though, and so did my Mother in Law. Mr. Hungry on the other hand is not a fan of lemon flavored anything so he wasn’t the biggest fan, although he did enjoy the batches that didn’t taste like lemon (just sweet from the coconut sugar). The coconut sugar gave the almonds a slightly sweet but not overpowering flavor. I love sugared, candied, and chocolate coated almonds any time or day. When it comes to portion control of those items though, that’s a whole other story! I wanted these almonds to be slightly sweet (and slightly addictive) but a bit healthier than your traditional coated almonds. That way I can enjoy them every day in my lunch or for a snack! They came out perfect… slightly sweet and slightly lemony, with all the delicious crunch of an almond.
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- 2 Cups Almonds
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
- 2 tsp egg whites
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- Whisk egg whites until foamy and add to almonds.
- Add lemon juice, extract and coconut sugar to almonds (in that order).
- Bake for 15 minutes, toss, and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Let cool completely and store in an air tight container.
Also, don’t forget to check out this post for a delicious 3 ingredient smoothie and a chance to organic coconut water!
Of Possible Interest: Avocados and Nuts for Weight Gain or Weight Loss?
Have an AWESOME AMAZING GREAT weekend and be sure to check out all the delicious bites and squares from the other Reduxers below.