Sugar Free Honey, how is this possible ?

23 11 2010

I found sugar free honey in the US and bought it as a WTH ? Not unlike sugar free maple syrup, it is a bit of a head scratcher to how they are able to pull this off, as in essense, both of these things are natural sugars. I dont care to look too closely to the label for the answers because I dont want to be disappointed with the unpronounceable ingredients on the back.

I wanted to make something with this honey, so I settled on some almonds. I like nuts, and eat them occasionally mid morning to push me through until lunchtime. These seemed like they would be a good idea, but didnt incorporate the tried and true almond recipe I have used in the past. These almonds i have made on several occasions, are delicious and make the house smell fantastic when you are baking them.
I was tempted by the smoked paprika in this recipe and the use of honey, but it was smoke and mirrors, as the first recipe for spiced almonds are better. Give this recipe a whirl if you want something that is a bit more “candied” and you can use maple syrup in lieu of honey. (both sugar free, of course) I made half of the recipe.

Honey Spiced Almonds

3 cups of almonds, no salt
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp veggie oil
2 tbsp brown sugar substitute
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl mix honey, oil and brown sugar substitute until combined. Add spices and mix. Add almonds to coat and dump onto parchment paper spreading the almonds out so they arent clumped in the middle of the baking sheet.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, taking out at 5 minute intervals to mix the almonds around (ones on the outside tend to cook a bit faster)
Let cool

Almonds tend to have a bit of honey “brittle” around them, which is sort of yummy.

Nutrition on nuts can cause panic.. dont panic ! Nuts have so many benefits, so eating them in moderation is okay !




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