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Coconut Almonds

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Spiced and sweet nuts are my absolute favorite snack at any holiday or party. These Coconut Almonds are my new favorite addiction – savory nuts are coated in sweet coconut.

I’m pretty sure they’ll be your favorite new snack too. And they’re the easiest thing to make, so you can have them in no time at all.

If I were you, I’d be pretty darn happy to know me right now.

Coconut Almonds - an easy snack with only 3 ingredients!

I love Trader Joe’s. It’s one of my favorite grocery stores and I could probably spend hours in there looking at every single little thing on every shelf. It’s probably good that our TJ’s is (1) some distance away and (2) always so crowded that “looking” at anything is a novelty. Most often, it’s reach-and-grab and get out of the way.

On my last excursion to TJ’s (I say it like it’s so far away – it’s really only about 15 minutes but it feels so much longer) I picked up a bag of these bad boys: Coconut Cashews. My mind was blown. I went to town on the bag and literally made myself sick on them.

Cashews are rich, didn’t you know?

Anyway I ran out of them and wanted more. But I wasn’t planning to go to Trader Joe’s anytime soon, so I made my own. But I used almonds because (1) cashews cost more than my car and (2) if I wanted to get cheap cashews I’d have to go to TJ’s and then I’d just get the real thing.

I always have almonds in my pantry. And they’re healthier and less fatty than cashews. Plus coconut with almond reminds me of Almond Joy.

That there is why you love me.

Coconut Almonds - an easy snack with only 3 ingredients!

Mixed nuts (or nuts of any kind) are one of my favorite things to make because they’re so good, everyone loves them, and they’re so easy.

This recipe is no exception. It has only 3 ingredients: Coconut, Almonds, and Honey (or agave or maple syrup).

The method for this recipe is actually one I’ve used for years to make sweet and spicy walnuts at Christmas. That recipe is from one of the earliest issues of Rachael Ray magazine. Basically, you toast your nuts, add them to the sweet sticky binder (honey, in this recipe) and then top them with the coating.

I keep meaning to post the original recipe at the holidays, but until we get there, you can make these.

The Coconut Cashews from Trader Joe’s have a crunchy coconut coating. To try and replicate that with regular pantry ingredients, I toasted my shredded sweetened coconut before coating.

Warning: be sure to watch coconut very carefully when you’re toasting it. You can do it in the oven but I recommend you do it on the stove so you can watch it more closely. It won’t be toasted, won’t be toasted…then it’ll be burnt. And believe me – burned coconut makes your house smell horrible. So…just watch it.

Once the nuts are all coated in their coconut jacket, you lay them out on a cookie sheet to dry. Try to get them in a single layer and after an hour or so move them around a bit. After a couple of hours you can transfer them to an airtight container. They won’t be super sticky, but they won’t dry 100%.

The coconut adds a great compliment to the almonds and makes them more fun to eat. And if almonds aren’t your thing, you can use this same recipe with your favorite nut. I can’t wait to use cashews, macadamias, or pecans. All three would make me very happy at my next party.

If you’re ever at one of my parties and can’t find me, come look by the mixed nut bowl. That’s where I’ll be hiding (and hoarding all the pecans and brazil nuts).

And now, you can add coconut almonds to that list.

Coconut Almonds - an easy snack with only 3 ingredients!

Enjoy!

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Coconut Almonds

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 cups raw whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey — agave, or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Place the coconut in a large frying pan over low heat. Stir often until the coconut begins to turn golden, then stir constantly until most of the coconut is a golden color. Immediately remove from heat to a bowl to cool slightly. Be really careful when toasting the coconut - it burns very fast and burned coconut smells really bad!
  2. Place the cooled coconut in a food processor and pulse until small shreds remain. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF. Place almonds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat. Bake until toasted, about 5 minutes. Do not walk away from the stove, keep an eye on them.
  4. While the almonds are toasting, place the honey (or agave or maple syrup) in a large bowl. When the almonds come out of the oven, immediately place them in the bowl and stir until they're all coated with the syrup. Sprinkle the coconut over the top and stir again to make sure they're all coated. Spread the almonds in a single layer on the cookie sheet and let dry for at least 2 hours, breaking them up as needed. They'll stay somewhat sticky but not clumpy once they've set.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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53 comments

  1. I grew up without Almond Joy, as we didn’t have them in Canada. I know, devastating.
    So, once I moved down here, my husband made me try them and I can’t. stop.
    So, these? I adore. Pinned!

  2. There’s a Trader Joe’s about two second from my work. Which is so dangerous. Especially at the holiday season! Help! Their nut aisle alone…and the candy aisle…happy sighs.
    These are so delicious! I haven’t tried them. But I can tell! Can’t wait to make them!

  3. Whoa! Simple yet amazing. Love this duo.
    Happy Monday Dorothy!

  4. I love almonds like these, Dorothy! I’ve made a cinnamon sugar kind before, but never thought to use coconut before. These look delicious!

  5. Oh man, I would love these almonds!

  6. Dangerous. Very, very dangerous! I couldn’t even make these ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

    There are certain nut blends too that at TJs I cannot even but b/c they’re just tooooo good! And I agree with you, they have the best price on cashews (I dont go Costco, etc. because I don’t need 5 gallons of nuts at one time…LOL) but yea, unless you get them there, you can go bankrupt. LOL!

  7. Ha “Cashews cost more than my car”! But they taste so good. Mind you, almonds would taste so good too.

  8. My mom would be obsessed with these. She eats almonds and handfuls of coconut like crazy. Now to just put them together ๐Ÿ™‚ These are such a great, delicious, and fun recipe. Pinned!! Hope you had a great weekend Dorothy!

  9. Trader Joe’s is my absolute favorite grocery store and, like you, quite a distance away. I always leave with a cartful, so this is probably a good thing. Love their nut selection, so I’ll definitely be trying your recipe…My husband won’t touch anything coconut, so I only have to share with the kids(Maybe):)

  10. What a great idea! I’ve had coconut cashews before and they are so good! I love this easy make at home version.

  11. Oh Dorothy, you so inspire me to not be lazy and put out store-bought nuts next time I throw a party!! These look easy and delicious!!

  12. These almonds look divine! I can’t wait to make a batch of these to snack on! Lovely healthy recipe!

  13. Oh I love those coconut cashews from TJ’s. They are really addicting! Can’t wait to try your almond version!

  14. I think I am already obsessed with these! Crunchy almonds, sweet honey and floral coconut. Almonds are great on their own but now…this! I will never eat plain almonds again (and, on the plus side, these are kinda healthy, yay!).

  15. Oh gosh, this is dangerous! If I make them – there is no way I will share!
    PS: I love almond joy!!!

    Pinned!

  16. ooooooooh how tasty!!! love the sweet n salty snacks!

  17. Oh my!! I love sugared nuts, and love coconut… so these are basically going to be bad news in my house (in the best possible way!) =)

  18. Have you ever filled out one of those shopping lists that TJ.’s had on the back cover of their flyer? I once did, then realized that I had about $100 worth of snacks, desserts and sides! Yum! Can’t wait to try your cheaper, lower fat version.

  19. Fabulous Dorothy and I am just LOVING how easy this recipe is! I’ll try anything that has a hint of Almond Joy flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Loving this recipe so much! I would eat them all! Pinning to my Christmas board!

  21. loving this recipe dorothy. i always have just bought flavoured nuts from the store.. you have now inspired me to create my own special nut flavourings!

  22. I am totally and completely obsessed with the coconut cashews. I can’t have them in the house, it’s too dangerous! Love the almond version!!

  23. I’m in love with Trader Joe’s! We just got one and ours isn’t that close either or I would be there all the time. Those nuts sound amazing. Love that you covered them in coconut. What a great snack!

  24. Sounds interesting and very delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I wouldn’t be trusted! These coconut almonds look so good, Dorothy!

  26. I am obsessed with almond joy anything and EVERYTHING. These nuts look dangerously addicting. I don’t think one bowlful would be enough! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinned!

  27. Hahaha. Cashews really do cost more than your car. This look suspiciously like a healthy almond joy…I’m okay with that.

  28. I could snack on these all day long! So delicious!

  29. I went into a TJ’s for the very first time only 2 years ago! After a few hours, Paul sent me a text and asked if I got lost. I joked “Ya, I’m still on aisle 4.” I love that place! It’s not really close to my house, either, so I consider it an extra special occasion when I go. Anything coconut FTW. Love these.

  30. Oh my and this is why I love your recipes! I am obsessed with those cashews from TJ’s but don’t buy them often because YES – they DO cost more than a car haha. Love love love your almond version and can’t wait to try it – pinned!

  31. oh man, these look amazing!! Seriously, like eating the inside of an almond joy! mmmmm. And only three ingredients?? Even better!

    Love how synched up we are! lol

  32. Trader Joe’s is the best! But I hate that it’s always crowded and you can’t spend time looking at things. ๐Ÿ™ But these almonds look delish. What a fun, easy, snack! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Trader Joe’s is the best! But I hate that it’s always crowded and you can’t spend time looking at things. ๐Ÿ™ But these almonds look delish. What a fun, easy, snack! Thanks for sharing!

  34. I’ve got the almonds, the coconut, and the honey—what about drizzling with some dark chocolate? Too much? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  37. These are delicious and so quick and easy to make! Yum!

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