Sweet & Spicy Almonds


I had a bag of raw almonds sitting in the freezer for a little while, and whilst searching for food porn one evening, spotted this recipe for sweet and spicy almonds. I just HAD to make them! 

I’ve slightly adjusted the amounts of ingredients in the original recipe. The result are almonds that are crunchy, sweet, salty, spicy and ever-so-slightly medicinal tasting – I guess that’s due to the fennel seed. And remember, almonds are good for you!


Adapted from Joy the Baker – Sweet and Spicy Almonds



  • 210 g (1 ½ c) whole, raw almonds
  • 4 t water
  • 1-1 ½ t chili flakes
  • ½ t salt 
  • 2 t fennel seeds
  • 50 g (¼ c) sugar



1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F.

2. In a bowl, mix together the water, chili flakes, salt, fennel seeds and sugar to combine.

3. Add the almonds and toss to coat.

4. Place a single layer of the almonds on a parchment lined baking tray (pan) and bake for 25-37 minutes, stirring/tossing occasionally.

5. Separate with a fork, allow to cool in the tray (pan). The almonds can be stored in an air-tight container once cool. Enjoy!

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