Anti-inflammatory Cardamom Vanilla Almonds

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Healthy Cardamom Vanilla Almonds Elizabeth Rider

If you’re bored of plain old almonds and want to mix things up, you’ll love this recipe for Cardamom Vanilla almonds.

In my never-ending quest for healthier snack options, almonds have always been a shining star, known for their good fats and heart-healthy benefits. Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that not only taps into the natural goodness of almonds but elevates them with a blend of spices known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

These Cardamom Vanilla Almonds are not just a treat for your taste buds but also a boon for your health. A few simple, healthy ingredients turn plain almonds into a delicious, nutrient-rich snack.

Cardamom Vanilla Almonds Health Benefits

Almonds themselves are a powerhouse of nutrients, packed with healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, and fiber that can help keep your heart in great shape and your hunger at bay.

We’re enhancing these benefits with spices like cardamom and cinnamon, both celebrated for their anti-inflammatory effects and ability to aid digestion. Vanilla adds a soothing aroma and flavor, making these nuts irresistibly delicious.

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, fold in the almonds, then bake at 325°F (163°C) for 15 minutes until golden. You can read and print the recipe below.

These little treats are great any time of year, and the warming spices make them the perfect holiday season snack. Wrap them up in a half-pint mason jar with a pretty ribbon for a hostess gift, or bring them to a party for a healthy holiday appetizer.

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Healthy Cardamom Vanilla Almonds Elizabeth Rider

Cardamom Vanilla Almonds

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  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack


These Cardamom Vanilla Almonds make a perfect mid-afternoon snack, a healthy addition to your breakfast oatmeal, or a crunchy topping for a fresh salad. Their sweet and spicy flavor profile also makes them a fantastic gift for food-loving friends and family.


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  • 2 cups plain, raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (or any cooking oil of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (substitute real maple syrup for true vegan, or if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey (or maple syrup), cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. It’s important to mix these ingredients before adding the almonds to ensure every nut is beautifully coated and evenly flavored.
  3. Add your raw almonds to the bowl and stir them until each one is well coated with the spice mixture. This step is key to locking in the flavors during baking. Spread the coated almonds in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake the almonds in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. You’re looking for them to become lightly toasted and caramelized – keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t overcook.
  5. After baking, let the almonds cool on the baking sheet for about 15 minutes. This rest period helps the coating to set and crisp up. Once cool, break apart any clusters if necessary.

Store your Cardamom Vanilla Almonds in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Did you make this recipe? If so, let us know how it turned out in the comments below.


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  1. They turned out good

  2. Sangita says:

    Yur recipe sounds interesting!
    Instead of coconut oil what else can be used?

  3. Nikki says:

    Hey I loved the recipe and got tempted to give it a shot…
    but a few things I wanna get clear… one is that if I have to add powdered cardamom n if it’s only seeds powder or the whole cardamom and the second is if we r adding vanilla essence or bean..
    thanks 😊

    • Hi Nikki, Great questions. Yes, use powdered cardamom. A bottle is usually around $4-$6USD. You can find it in the spice section. Or, if your store has a bulk spice section, you can just buy a few tablespoons for from the bulk spice section for less than a dollar to see if you like it. Also, yes, use liquid vanilla extract. We call it vanilla extract in the US, but it may be called essence other places. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out. ~E

  4. Effie says:

    They are easy to make and absolutely delicious. However after I let them cool they were still really gooey. Did I take them out of the oven too soon?

    • Hi Effie! Hmmmm, it could be your climate (coconut oil will melt in hot climates), or that they need to bake longer. If they stay gooey, try reducing the coconut oil to 1 teaspoon next time, or let them bake longer. Or, try letting them cool in the refrigerator. ~E

  5. Michele says:

    As an almond lover, and post surgery, I was looking for Anti-inflammatory foods. These were great and met my needs, however, my Vegan daughter confirmed this should not be advertised as a Vegan recipe. True Vegans do not consume honey. She suggested using Agave or Maple Syrup in place of the honey. Otherwise, a good, tasty and easy recipe.

    • Hi Michele, thanks for your note. Your daughter is correct, some people do not consider honey vegan. Some vegan people still eat it as honey is the most natural byproduct of happy bees, but I totally see your point. I usually mention that but it must have slipped my mind on this one. Thanks again for stopping by to comment. Warmly, ~E

  6. Kathy says:

    The cardamom vanilla almonds are delicious! The recipe is so easy to make, I made several batches and gave them as Christmas gifts!

  7. Beth says:

    Love these! Simple to make, not too sweet and a nice change from savory almonds!

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