Sugared Almonds Recipe

Sugared Almonds Recipe

Almonds are totally the best nut.

They beat out peanuts, walnuts, pecans.

Really, the only nut that even comes close is the pistachio.  I do love my pistachios.

Sugared Almonds Recipe - Raw Almonds

We usually have a big ol’ bag of roasted, lightly-salted almonds (and, well, pistachios, for that matter) in our pantry for snacking.


And, not only are almonds delicious, they’re also high in protein and fiber and other useful nutrients.

So, I figure…why not throw some sugar at ’em, right?


I’m glad you’re with me on this one.

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Now, I don’t have the best track record for roasting nuts.  I tend to burn the dang things all the time.

There’s something about having to stay right by the oven and be ready at all times to toss them and to make sure they don’t burn that doesn’t jive well with me.

Those buggers can burn fast!

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So, you can imagine my excitement when I realized I can make a sugared almonds recipe on the stove top.  That sounded MUCH easier and right up my alley.

I like my easy allies.

Sugared Almonds Recipe

If you’ve never made a sugared almonds recipe before, I recommend you use raw almonds as opposed to roasted almonds.  While you wont get quite as much of a crunch with the raw almonds, they will have the best overall flavor and will release just the right amount of moisture to make this recipe work perfectly.

If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind crunch, your best bet will be to actually roast them.  But, let me remind you of this easy alley.  And the tastiness.

Sugared Almonds Recipe

Be warned, these sugared almonds are a-ddict-ing.  Like SO addicting you wont be able to handle it.

You’ll think, “Okay, last bite” over and over and over again.

But it’s okay…’cuz they’re good for you, right?

Sugared Almonds Recipe

3.17 from 6 votes
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Maple Almonds
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins

This easy recipe for Maple Almonds is so sweet and crunchy you won’t believe it’s made without refined sugar! Savor this clean-eating treat and satisfy your sweet craving.

Categories: Clean Eating. Gluten-Free, Easy, Healthy, keto, Kid-Friendly, Paleo, Snack
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: candied almonds, maple almonds
Servings: 8
Calories: 123 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat.

  2. Add the almonds and maple syrup.

  3. Stir the almonds pretty constantly and you'll start to see the maple syrup crystalize and coat the almonds in a crystalized coating.

  4. This should take about 8-12 minutes. Be patient, as it will take some time for the natural sugar to crystallize.

Nutrition Facts
Maple Almonds
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

12 thoughts on “Sugared Almonds Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    I used a cast iron skillet and added cinnamon. Came out well! You have to keep stirring the whole time and get passed the “sticky” phase and it will begin to dry. Also, make sure you are using 100% real maple syrup. I think the fake stuff would not work.

  2. 2 stars
    followed recipe but the sugar did not crystalize. the sugar mixure remained a sticky coating on the almonds even though the mixture was nearly gone in the pan. So the batch cooled and dried on the baking sheet and looks like a soft version of peanut brittle.. It is very mseesy to brak apart into smaller chunks and I am Very disappointed in my efforts but glad I tried this receipe before making a bigger batch for holiday gifts

  3. I make these very year for Christmas gifts. I cook 1 lb at a time on top of stove in a large dutch oven type pot (wide bottom). I don’t add brown sugar but might try that. Once they crystallize, I keep stirring until the sugar starts to melt again – never stop stirring until the almonds are coated with a syrup that feels like satin and the nuts are shiny. Then, turn onto a baking sheet (lightly buttered) and separate as best you can. I sprinkle with colored nonpariels. When transferring to cookie pan, I have it sitting on the stove, next to the pot. I carefully tilt the pot and empty onto the cookie sheet. Run very hot water into the pot and the sticky mess melts away. Also, never use non stick pot or utensils. I use a wooden spoon. And, the mixture is very very hot – allow to cool, break apart and store in cookie tins. Don’t touch hot almonds!!

  4. Totally burned, didn’t crystallize at all and I followed the recipe to a T. I’ve been cooking for 20 years and never have problems when I follow recipes on Epicurious, FN, Martha Stewart. Always seem to run into problems when I follow recipes on random blogs though.

  5. I roast nuts in a 225 or 250 oven. Only way I can keep from burning them. I discovered that cinnamon does not need sugar. I roast my raw almonds coated in a small amount of coconut oil sprinkled with the tiniest bit of salt. This is one of the few times I use fine salt instead of kosher. When they are about 75% done, make sure they are all coated with the coconut oil and then sprinkle them with cinnamon until they are totally coated. Stir them around then sprinkle again. Put them back in the oven and turn the oven off. By the time the oven cools the almonds will be perfect.

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