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These Crunchy Keto Candied Almonds are simply irresistible! Made with roasted almonds, cinnamon, and a SUGAR-FREE sweet coating.
Note: This recipe was originally published on November 22, 2021 and modified on September 27, 2023.
For the last few weeks, my mission has been to re-create a traditional German Christmas market with keto-friendly recipes, like Keto Mulled Wine and Keto Christmas Stollen (Christstollen). The next item on my list is CANDIED ALMONDS!
What are candied almonds?
Gebrannte Mandeln or candied almonds are a staple treat found at every German Christmas market. Almonds covered in a coating of hardened caramelized sugar. They are crunchy, sugary-sweet, and have the irresistible aroma of roasted almonds and cinnamon. If it wasn’t for all that sugar, these roasted almonds would actually be a healthy treat!
So why not do just that? Candied almonds WITHOUT all the sugar: KETO Candied Almonds! This low-carb version of candied almonds is just as crunchy and sweet as the traditional high-carb version! It makes a great snack for all your holiday gatherings and a wonderful gift for health-conscious friends and family.
How to make KETO Candied Almonds?
To make traditional Gebrannte Mandeln, almonds are cooked in a sugary syrup until completely coated with caramelized sugar. This approach doesn’t work quite so well for Keto Candied Almonds. Low-carb sweeteners simply don’t caramelize the same way sugar does.
Instead, we will coat and then bake our roasted almonds in an egg white and erythritol mixture! After baking, the egg white will turn crunchy, crispy, and sweet just like traditional candied almonds! All without any added sugar!
Making these Crunchy Keto Candied Almonds is pretty straightforward and simple! With a few tips you can enjoy this sweet, healthy treat in no time.
Tips for making Candied Almonds that are crunchy and keto!
Almonds. What kinds of almonds work best for this recipe? I prefer using soaked and dehydrated almonds. By soaking the almonds first, we can vastly reduce the amount of the prevalent antinutrients found in almonds. Alternatively, use raw almonds.
Pre-roast almonds. To give the almonds the incredible roasted aroma of traditional candied almonds, we need to roast them before we coat them in the egg white mixture. To do this, simply preheat your oven to 325 °F, line baking sheet with parchment paper, and roast RAW almonds for 10 minutes. Turn them half way through to prevent them for burning.
Egg white mixture. While your roasted almonds are cooling down, prepare the egg white mixture. Use one egg white and whisk it until frothy (about 1 minute). You don’t need an electric mixer for that. Add cinnamon, erythritol, vanilla extract, and salt. Now add the roasted almonds and stir until all almonds are coated with this mixture. Then let them soak in this mixture for a few minutes before baking.
Baking. The coated almonds need to be baked on a LOW SETTING of only 250 °F for about 15 minutes. They are done when the coating looks crispy and DRY. It’s important for them to completely dry out for storage. You can store the cooled candied almonds in a sealed jar for up to 3 weeks.
Variations. This recipe allows for quite a bit of wiggle room. You can use different nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or macadamias. Feel free to experiment with spices, too, like ground clover, nutmeg, and allspice. Just don’t go overboard!
Keto Candied Almonds – a sweet, crunchy treat!
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Crunchy Keto Candied Almonds (German Gebrannte Mandeln)
- Preheat oven to 325 °F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spread raw almonds over it. Bake for 10 minutes, turning half way through. Remove from oven and let cool while preparing egg white mixture.
- Turn oven to 250 °F. In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy (take about 1 minute). Whisk in sweetener, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined. Add roasted almonds and stir until completely coated. Let them sit for 5 minutes to soak up egg mixture.
- Pour coated almonds back onto lined baking sheet and spread out. Bake for about 15 minutes, turning half-way through. The candied almonds are baked when they look crunchy and completely dry.
- Once completely cool, candied almonds can be stored in a sealed jar for up to 3 weeks.