My recipe for Crunchy, cinnamon-Sugar Almonds

If you’re excited for the end of 2020 – clap your hands.

I don’t know about you all, but I am so ready to welcome the new year and – hopefully – it is a million times better than this one.

Anyways, I’m sure not many have noticed but I was on a short hiatus from my blog. Life itself had become overwhelming as I’m sure many of you can relate.

Even so, during the last couple of hectic months of this year, I managed to try new things (mostly in the kitchen), and I’m quite happy with what it has yielded.

One of those things is my recipe for crunchy almond treats!

Now, without further ado, here’s how I made them:


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of whole *unsalted* almonds
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon (or more, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp of salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, pour the water and set to medium-high heat
  2. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (except for the almonds) and stir in the bowl to fully combine them.
  3. As soon as the water starts to boil, add the vanilla extract to the water and lightly stir to evenly distribute it.
  4. Pour the dry ingredient mixture evenly on the pan (think about covering the entire bottom of the pan with a nice layer of the sugar mixture)
  5. DO NOT stir the sugar into the water – leave it how you poured it
  6. Let the water and sugar mixture boil for about 30 seconds, then, pour the almonds in.
  7. Let the almonds sit on the sugar/water mixture for a minute
  8. Begin to lightly stir the almonds and mixture
  9. Continue to stir until the sugar thickens
  10. Once the sugar has a moderately thick consistency, pour the contents of the pan onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  11. Spread almonds evenly on baking sheet and let cool – Enjoy!

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe


Hello, all you lovely nocturnals and diurnals. Today, I’ll be sharing with you my personal blueberry breakfast smoothie recipe as I’m sipping it at this very moment – and every morning.

If you’d like to know where I got my sustainable, eco-friendly, glass straw – click here.

As for my smoothie recipe, keep on reading!

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

I have been adjusting my recipe for the past month, and I can now confidently say that I have reached the point of smoothie perfection [based on my own tastes and preferences of course].

Now, this smoothie doesn’t just have blueberries. But it is the main ingredient. I also make other smoothies that I will be detailing on other posts to come.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 CUP OF FROZEN BLUEBERRIES
  • 1/3 CUP OF FROZEN MANGOES
  • 1/3 CUP OF FROZEN PEACHES
  • 3 TBSP OF VANILLA GREEK YOGURT
  • 1 TSP OF ORGANIC MATCHA POWDER [optional]
  • 1 CUP OF SOY MILK [you can also use almond, rice, oat or any kind of milk you prefer]

STEPS

I place all of the fruit inside my blender first and add the milk, yogurt, and matcha then blend. However, depending on the size of your blender, you can start by adding the blueberries only first along with the milk, then blend, and gradually keep adding each of the fruits/ingredients.

Note: If you would like the smoothie sweeter, substitute the soy milk with either almond or rice milk. You could even add a teaspoon of honey, if you like. Additionally, you could just add 2 dates!

Benefits of having this blueberry smoothie for breakfast

For me, this smoothie has helped me in many ways and, hopefully, it helps you in the same way. I’ve listed the benefits I’ve noticed from drinking this smoothie daily for the past month.

  • Boosts mood and gives you a jumpstart to your day
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Being rich in antioxidants, it aids in having better skin
  • Has helped me in my weight loss journey
  • Deliciously filling for a good couple hours
My mason jar with my reusable, sustainable glass straw. I also sprinkle a little bit of matcha over my smoothie.

Using Eco-Friendly Materials

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As always, thank you so much for reading ♥ Be sure to say ‘hi’ in the comments and let me know if you try my recipe and your thoughts on it!

Nocturnal Blogger ♥