Air Fryer Cinnamon Almonds are a delicious snack you can make in your air fryer. With only 7 ingredients, these sweet and crunchy almonds are ready in just 10 minutes!
Air Fryer Almonds Recipe
These air fryer roasted almonds are one of my favorite snacks to make when I’m craving something sweet but want a little nutrition in my snack! Almonds are full of healthy fats and a great way to introduce something a little more nutritious to your kids.
I prefer to make mine at home because they’re incredibly easy to make, I have most ingredients at home, and they’re twice the price if you buy them at the store!
Air Fryer Cinnamon Almonds are great for snacking any day, but especially during the holiday season. They’re great for adding to a charcuterie board or a sweet and savory snack platter. You can also put them into a Christmas snack mix or put them in a mason jar and wrap a bow around it for a small gift.
What Are Candied Almonds?
Candied almonds differ from salted or flavored almonds because they have a crunchy candied outside. The flavored almonds you get at the store may be coated in a certain flavor after they’re cooked, but candied almonds bake with the sugar already on them.
Candied almonds are covered in sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon and baked until the sugars caramelize, leaving the perfect golden, crunchy, candied outside layer.
Ingredients You Will Need
You will only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. You might even have most of them in your pantry already!
Egg: Egg whites act as a binder for the almonds and the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Vanilla extract: provides a subtle, sweet, and aromatic taste while complementing the other ingredients and adding depth to the overall flavor profile.
Almonds: for this recipe, I like to use raw, whole unsalted almonds because the skin is still firmly on the almond, which holds the cinnamon sugar coating on better.
White and brown sugar: the sugars caramelize and create a hard coating around your almonds, creating the desired “candied coating.”
Cinnamon: adding cinnamon brings a spicy and warm flavor to the coating mixture and pairs well with the sugars and vanilla flavors.
How to Make Air Fryer Cinnamon Sugar Almonds
- Preheat the air fryer to 350℉.
- Cover almonds in egg mixture. Add the egg white and vanilla extract to a large bowl and whisk until slightly frothy. Add the almonds to the egg white mixture and stir until all the almonds are covered and set aside.
- Season the almonds. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the coated almonds to the sugar mixture and stir until all the almonds are covered.
- Air fry the almonds. Place the almonds in the air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. When finished, place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let them cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s super versatile!
You can use pecans or walnuts if you don’t have almonds on hand and you can add different spices like nutmeg or cayenne pepper for a whole new flavor.
Try crushing them and using them as a salad topping or ice cream topping too!
Why are my candied almonds soft?
They probably weren’t baked long enough in the air fryer. The sugar mixture needs to cook long enough that it caramelizes and hardens around the almonds.
If you’re worried about them not getting crunchy enough, you can do a test run in your air fryer. This way you can determine the perfect amount of time you want them to cook. For this recipe, I cook mine for 7 minutes, and this is the air fryer I use.
Can I dry almonds in an air fryer?
Yes! Just place your almonds in your air fryer and cook at 320 degrees F for about 5 minutes, tossing halfway through.
Once they’re cooked, you can add oil, salt, or any other seasoning you prefer. Let them cool to room temperature, and then place them in an air-tight container or sealed Ziplock.
What are the best almonds to use?
For this recipe, I like to use raw whole almonds. Did you know raw almonds are actually cooked?
They’re just not as cooked as your “regular almond.” Because they’re pasteurized and not cooked, the skin stays on, which makes it easier for the candied outside layer to stay on.
How to Store Candied Almonds
They do start to lose their crunch after that time. If you’re making these for a party or get together, I recommend making them the same day or the day before for the best flavor.
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Air Fryer Cinnamon Almonds
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups almonds
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat the air fryer to 350℉.
- Add the egg white and vanilla extract to a medium bowl and whisk until slightly frothy. Add the almonds to the egg white mixture and stir until all the almonds are covered and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix white sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Add the almonds to the sugar mixture and stir until all the almonds are covered.
- Air fry the almonds for 7 minutes. When finished, place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let them cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.