Smoky Maple Roasted Almonds

This post is sponsored by Canada Maple Syrup. I was stoked when they offered me this opportunity, since I’m kind of like Buddy the Elf when it comes to maple syrup. It’s one of my favorite natural sweeteners and I use it often in sweet and savory dishes. Read on for the recipe I created sending the goodies they sent πŸ™‚

Smoky maple roasted almonds

Canada supplies 80% of the world’s maple syrup, and whenever friends or family visit Canada, I ask them to bring back some of the good stuff. I’ll never forget when one of my elementary school teachers went for a vacation and told us about maple syrup she ate mixed with snow. I’ve been dreaming about it ever since πŸ˜‰

Here are the goodies the Canada Maple Syrup fairy sent to our house:

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Lots of mini bottles of syrups, a bag of amazing granola, and a Camelbak water bottle!

We’ve been enjoying the syrups in our usual family dishes, but for my recipe creation, I thought it would be fun to test them out with a savory snack recipe. I love maple syrup on my protein pancakes and as a marinade for maple-orange salmon, but had a bag of almonds that were destined to be coated in a sweet and smoky mix.

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I’m always on the prowl for new snack ideas, especially since my purse usually has to have a few options to choose from. One of our favorite snacks is homemade trail mix, and I recently discovered how much Livi likes crunchy snacks, like pretzels and nuts. (I used to be horrified of giving her these for choking reasons, but she’s to the point now where she chews her food extremely well and I still watch her like a hawk.)

Not only are these almonds a super addicting snack idea, they’re also a fun party or gift option! Just add some to a pretty bag and gift to someone you love.

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Bonus: they’re also glorious on salads with greens, chopped veggies and goat cheese.

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Hope you enjoy! <3



Smoky maple roasted almonds

A sweet and smoky portable snack combo- also delicious on salads!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 12 oz roasted or raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and coat a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter on medium low, then add your maple syrup and spices.
  3. Stir to combine and then add the almonds. Toss to coat well.
  4. Spread the almond mixture onto the cookie sheet in one even layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the almonds from the oven and set to cool for about one hour.
  7. Store covered for up to a week.

What’s your favorite sweetener option? Any maple syrup recipes you love?? I love to mash sweet potatoes, add chipotle chilies and a drizzle of maple syrup <– another fabulous sweet and smoky combo.

Have a wonderful Saturday!



This post was sponsored by Canada Maple Syrup. To participate, I received monetary compensation and some samples shown above… which are now totally gone πŸ˜‰ As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this little blog and the sponsors who help support our family.

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  1. Kate on December 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Big fan of maple syrup (the REAL stuff, of course) and honey as sweeteners. I made some maple glazed Brussels sprouts a couple weeks ago that were delicious.

  2. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on December 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Yum these look delicious!

  3. Runner Girl Eats on December 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I love maple syrup and honey. I make brussels with maple syrup and pecans that is perfect. And maple syrup on salmon is the besttttt.

  4. Hayley on December 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Can you point me to another of your recipes that uses maple syrup?

  5. Olivia at ohmy Olivia on December 29, 2013 at 4:03 am

    These sounds amazing – almonds and maple are my two favourite things, and combined, they sound like the best thing ever! xo

  6. Lucie@FitSwissChick on December 29, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I love roasted almonds!! These spund really delicious.
    Roasted kabocha dunken in maple syrup and cinnamon. Omg.

  7. Lucy on December 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I didn’t know you liked maple syrup! I have never seen you use it before.

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Yep! It’s the sweetener I use in almost all of my dessert recipes

      • Stephanie on December 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

        You must not read as much as I do. I’ve seen it on the blog a ton both in desserts and on salmon. πŸ™‚ trying these almonds today. Thanks Gina!

  8. Laura on December 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I live in Canada and have been to a sugar bush (where they make the syrup) a few times – we went as a class trip many times growing up! The stuff your teacher had us called “sugar on snow” and it’s so so much better than just maple syrup on snow. It’s boiled down maple syrup so it’s thicker and gooier. And the flavour is more concentrated! They pour it on snow and it firms up a bit like taffy. You eat it with a Popsicle stick off of the snow. It’s soooooooo good! Your recipe looks awesome!

  9. Amanda B. on December 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

    These look great! I just made roasted chili lime roasted almonds as Christmas gifts for the family, but this would have been a nice alternative take. I’ll have to give it a shot soon πŸ™‚

  10. Lisag on December 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Oh these look so good! Can’t wait for your fitness motivation posts. I started back my food/fitness journal yesterday.

  11. Kara on December 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I’m a big fan of salty and sweet. I usually put a little bit of maple syrup on my sweet potato for dinner. It helps with not craving something sweet after dinner. So good!

  12. Leanne on December 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I guess maple syrup is the ONE food option that we have in Canada that American doesn’t…you guys still win though haha.

  13. Jenni on December 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Your salad idea with goat cheese sounds amazing. I love nuts in a salad. They make everything so much better. Especially when they taste like maple.

  14. Chelsie on December 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I just made these! So delicious! I will make these part of my snacks FOREVER! Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2013 at 12:28 am

      so awesome! glad you’ve been enjoying them, too!

  15. Brittany on December 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Would be great with black walnuts…..mmmmm

  16. CourtStar @ StarSystemzFitness on December 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Yum! I love maple almonds, one of my all time favorite snacks πŸ™‚ I wonder if I could replace the butter with vegan butter..will have to try xo C

  17. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on December 30, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I am such a fan of plain almonds and cinnamon roasted almonds. These sound right up my alley too!

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

      let me know if you give them a try! πŸ™‚

  18. Jenn on December 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I made the almonds! Fabulous! Love that little “kick” I sometimes get at the end:) Happy New Year!

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

      :)! so happy you like them! happy new year <3 xo

  19. Kristy @ Southern In Law on January 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Oh yum! This looks delish!

    • Fitnessista on January 8, 2014 at 12:07 am

      i’m still snacking on them! πŸ™‚

  20. Emily on February 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Making these again tonight. They are in the oven and the house smells so incredible. I get upset every time I run out. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. πŸ™‚

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