Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds

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I had every intention of working out yesterday morning. I had my workout clothes set out and everything. I knew I wouldn’t get to the gym for a few reasons: overnight snow, injury (my weight lifting class is off-limits for a few more days), and I could sleep later if I worked out at home. However, Mr. Prevention texted to let me know the roads were “really bad” and suggested I allow plenty of time to get to work. Seeing as I had to go to a satellite clinic 45 miles from home, I skipped the workout all together and continued with my morning routine of coffee, hair & make-up, and trying on way too many outfits all while listening to my favorite Chicago radio station’s morning show on I Heart Radio.

I should’ve gotten up earlier and just done the gym. Even if it was ZERO degrees out at 5:30am…

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See, it’s REALLY cold in Michigan (shocking, I know). And even us snow bears only have so much winter gear. I actually just recently purchased my first REAL winter coat. You know, a lined puffy one that comes to just above my knees offering up some serious warmth. It was originally $200 at Kohls but with a 50% off sale, a 20% coupon, and Kohls Cash, the price tag dropped dramatically…which made me love the coat all the more. It goes without saying that I don’t want to wear it to the gym only to put a sweaty, stinky body inside of it to head home. Ick.

I also purchased my first pair of REAL winter boots this winter (how cute are these?). After the whole 3-inch heels in the snow fiasco, I knew a repeat of that would just leave me hateful, mean, and potentially, with frostbitten toes.

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On my drive into work yesterday (it wasn’t as bad as Mr. Prevention had predicted), I was talking to my mom. I described the 200+ buckeyes I had made Monday night (and how doing so in my new, cute, winter boots flared up my plantar faciitis) and my mother promptly instructed me “not to bring any of that crap here.” HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MOM! I called her a Grinch.

Yes, we’re all conscious of our waistlines, especially this time of year when we can very easily find our closet fresh out of one-upped sizes we can actually fit in clothes post-holiday season. We discussed moderation and sharing. At my house, goodies are kept on the back porch where it is pure Michigan COLD and that new winter coat and boots are necessary…it’s definitely a deterrent from over-indulging.

It should probably go without saying that these amazing Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds are on the back porch until Christmas 😉

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds
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Serves: 16
 
Incredibly simple to make, these almonds scream "Happy Holidays!" and yet...they're perfect for any day of the year. These will definitely out-do anything you'll pick-up at the mall or a baseball game...promise! Plus, the recipe doubles beautifully! However, when I make these next time I'll decrease the sugar even further to ¾ cup of each.
Ingredients
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups almonds
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3-4 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and vanilla extract until foamy. Stir in almonds and mix to coat well; transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Pour the sugar mixture over the almonds and stir to coat well.
  3. Cook the almonds 3-4 hours on low, stirring every hour. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the water; mix well and cook an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Spread almonds out on parchment paper and allow to cool for 1-2 hours. Store in an air-tight container.
Notes
Recipe adapted from The Recipe Critic
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 222 Fat: 11.3 Carbohydrates: 30.4 Sugar: 24.8 Sodium: 40 Fiber: 3.8 Protein: 4.8 Cholesterol: 0

 Busy day ahead and hockey tonight…in this cold, snowy weather. 🙂

Be well,

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5 Comments

  1. December 12, 2013 / 10:59 am

    this is a very interesting recipe – never had almonds this way. i dont know how you guys do it there but we had a snow storm and the temperature dropped down to 21F i thought I was not going to survive. Sending you lots of warm hugs. And those boots are super cute (hey atleast you will have toes by the end of winter : ))

  2. Irene Z
    December 12, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Sounds yummy, and don’t you LOVE Kohls?!?! I do all of my shopping there – I swear they lose money on me!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      December 12, 2013 / 2:43 pm

      Hahaha, I SAY THE SAME THING!!! 🙂

  3. Liz
    December 17, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    I just made these this afternoon, and I love them! I reduced the sugars to 3/4c each, and it was the perfect amount of coating.

    I plan on jarring these & giving them as gifts, so I also made some vanilla almonds from another recipe that uses the oven — both batches have a different texture/taste, so I think it’ll be a nice variety. Thanks for this recipe 🙂

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