Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet in aluminum foil or parchment paper. Place almonds in a large bowl. Stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Spread the almonds in a single layer on the lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Dust with reserved 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Store in a sealed container.
Almonds are a fantastic source of Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a good source of fiber and vitamin E. Combined with cinnamon, which contains anthrocyanins which can help improve capillary function, this tasty treat is good for you! Cinnamon can help to reduce inflammation, can help regulate blood sugar, and can help improve digestive function. When we combine cinnamon and almonds together, they work synergistically. Go ahead. Treat yourself to this tasty holiday treat. You deserve to feel good and be healthy, and this holiday treat will help you be both.
This simple and yummy recipe works well with walnuts and pecans as well.
Looking for something spicy instead of something sweet? Skip the vanilla extract, use 1 tablespoon of oil instead, and add chili powder.