Sweet Mesquite Almonds

You know those delicious sweet, salty and smoked almonds you can buy at the grocery store that cost a ridiculous amount? I saw a can at my local grocery store for $5! Crazy! These cost me probably less than a $1 to make. Only 4 ingredients and ready in 7 minutes.

They make a perfect gift for somebody this holiday season too.

I ate these with my homemade almond milk. Yum!

Compare these to the cost of flavored almonds from that popular Whitley’s magazine that rolls around every holiday season! Make your own and save on shipping too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe: ย Makes 1 cup

Gluten-free (For gluten-free, make sure to purchase almonds and other ingredientsย that are labeled in a gluten free facility, in case of cross contamination)

1 cup whole raw almonds

1/2-1 tablespoon maple syrup depending on how sticky sweet you prefer them (I used 1 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon liquid smoke (found near the marinades and barbecue sauces-choose a gluten-free brand if necessary)

Few shakes of sea salt

Tip: If you don’t like smoked or mesquite flavors, you can just use 1 teaspoon of water instead, but you will be missing out! ๐Ÿ™‚


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small cup combine the syrup and liquid smoke and stir. In a bowl, add the almonds and pour the liquid over them, stirring until they are evenly coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the almonds onto it and spread them out evenly. Bake for 5 minutes on the center rack. After 5 minutes, remove the pan and stir the almonds with a rubber spoon or spatula, so the bottoms can cook. Place back in the oven for two more minutes. Watch and smell them closely so they don’t burn. Use a timer, because they quickly can over cook!

Remove them from the oven and immediately transfer them to a plate, using a rubber spatula. They will be sticky and clumped together. Over the next 5-10 minutes as they cool, break them apart from each other. They will cool and no longer stick to each other. Store them in the fridge and they will be a lot less sticky.


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Categories: Appetizers, Gift Ideas, Gluten Free, Snacks, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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19 Comments on “Sweet Mesquite Almonds”

  1. petit4chocolatier
    October 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM #

    How beautiful and a healthy gift to give to others! Did you paint the ribbon? It is lovely!

    • October 25, 2012 at 4:50 AM #

      Thank you so much Judy! No, I didn’t paint those…I’m a big DIY’er but didn’t paint those…I have a slight obsession with ribbons lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. October 25, 2012 at 3:53 AM #

    Sweet and delicious, a perfect gift ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    October 25, 2012 at 4:00 AM #

    What a beautiful presentation! Delicious and healthy=perfect combo ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the great recipe!

    • October 25, 2012 at 4:55 AM #

      Aww thank you so much! I appreciate that! So easy!

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition
        October 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM #

        You’re welcome! Thank YOU! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love easy and healthy recipes that you can also give as gifts.

  4. October 25, 2012 at 4:13 AM #

    I am a big fan of seasoning / flavoring nuts – these look like a great gift!

  5. October 25, 2012 at 5:28 AM #

    Brandi, I love this and love the ribbon and packaging! These would even maybe be great to give out for Halloween instead of candy? but I guess some kids have nut allergies. . I was thinking of handing out pistachios or almonds to go healthier. . only they are so much more expensive! ok, scratch that idea! The gift idea is great! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • October 26, 2012 at 6:34 AM #

      Aww thank you so much Alice! You are so funny! You’re right though, it would be much healthier! Kids would probably get mad though at not getting candy, lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. October 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

    These almonds would be a wonderful addition to a holiday gift basket. Sound so delicious!

  7. October 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM #

    Yes, that is a lovely package; very inviting to get into and eat! I ‘discovered’ mesquite about a year or so ago and I have been experimenting.Nice job!

    • October 26, 2012 at 6:37 AM #

      Thank you so much! I’m from Texas and we love mesquite flavors…yum! My hubby however didn’t care for it…he preferred them just with the maple syrup, so I made a second batch! I thought he was crazy but we definitely have different tastes on some things! Thanks for the compliment!

  8. October 26, 2012 at 6:01 AM #

    Clever! I adore smoked almonds and never thought of making them myself!

    • October 26, 2012 at 6:38 AM #

      Thanks Somer! After making the almond milk, it just seemed like the next best thing to do ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Tiffany Cockrell
    October 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM #

    Oh!! I will be making these asap for a friend or for the hubby!!

  10. October 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM #

    Ahh, I’m waiting for the day when they bring liquid smoke to Greece! In the meantime, I’ll try these without ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 31, 2012 at 5:22 AM #

      Oh yeah, they are totally delicious without! My hubby actually prefers them without it and just the syrup, just use a teaspoon of water instead. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy them, they’re addictive ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your comment.

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