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Vegan Cherry Candied Almonds

This Cherry Candied Almond recipe is an excuse for me to combine two of my most favorite flavor combinations: cherries and almonds. I used brown sugar and olive oil for a more complex sweetness profile and just the right amount of almond extract to bind the cherry and almond flavor in holy matrimony. Try these as a relatively guilt-free vegan snack, add them to salads or sprinkle them on your ice cream.

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Cherry Candied Almonds Recipe

3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cherry jam
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt

1 cup almonds, raw and unsalted
½ teaspoon almond extract

1) Make a sugar syrup over heat

In a medium skillet, stir together the brown sugar, cherry jam, olive oil and salt over medium heat until the sugar melts and the syrup bubbles. This should take about 3 minutes.

2) Add the almonds

Stir the almonds and the almond extract until they're evenly coated and toasted. This should take about 5 minutes.

3) Allow the almonds to cool and harden

Spread the nuts out on a piece of parchment paper and separate using two forks. Allow the nuts to cool completely. Nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to one month. This recipe makes about 1 cup of Cherry Candied Almonds.


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I didn't have almonds, so I used walnuts. Cherry walnuts sounded good. It was really easy, and I did use preserves, but the pieces were small enough to cling to the nuts. They came out awesome!
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Reviewed by Andrea March 09, 2012

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I didn't have almonds, so I used walnuts. Cherry walnuts sounded good. It was really easy, and I did use preserves, but the pieces were small enough to cling to the nuts. They came out awesome!

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So glad this worked out for you Andrea! Great to know you had good results with preserves. Cherries and walnuts sound awesome!

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Hey! Those are my favorite flavors too!! (Well, maybe cherry & pecan tops it). But jam has cherries in it. Should I exclude the big cherry pieces when making this? Thanks.
Reviewed by Andrea March 07, 2012

Jam?

Hey! Those are my favorite flavors too!! (Well, maybe cherry & pecan tops it). But jam has cherries in it. Should I exclude the big cherry pieces when making this? Thanks.

Owner's reply

Hi Andrea, The cherry pieces don't seem to be too much of a problem- the chunks tend to cook down mostly. I'd recommend staying away from preserves though. Cherry preserves would force you to eat out the caramelized cherries and I just can't think of anything worse than eating caramelized cherries;)

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