Throw-back! Originally posted on Saturday, March 5th 2011 on vanillabeanonline.blogspot.com
Party Snacks!! Hot Chocolate Almonds & Spicy Baked Chickpeas
I wanted to share two new exciting recipes that can be put together in no-time!
Reasons to make these: They’re tasty and satisfying – flavours are complex and interesting. They don’t require many ingredients, super quick/easy to make and they’re a healthy change from the usual store bought snack foods.
Anyway, these are sure to raise some eyebrows and wake up some taste buds – believe me! I hope you get as inspired as I was.
The first snack on my list is the “Hot” Chocolate Almonds. Pun intended. They give off a little heat and are reminiscent of Mexican Hot Chocolate.
While browsing on-line, I fell upon this lovely food blog called “A Full Measure of Happiness” and found this recipe. The author named her recipe “Mexican Hot Chocolate Spiced Almonds”. I encourage you to check it out! (Link to blog at the end of this post)
Just imagine the magnificent flavours of the chocolate, the spice (cinnamon & cayenne) and the maple syrup combined.
The second is Spicy Baked Chickpeas, seen on the Food Network show “5 Ingredient Fix”with Claire Robinson.
I was watching this very interesting episode “Show you share Tapas”. She whipped up this recipe so quickly , it wasn’t even funny. I thought to myself “I have all those ingredients!! I”m going to make this right now!! (Yes, I’m easily excited by things like this) So I ran to my office (my pantry) and emerged with my 5 ingredients in hand. I prepared it before the show even ended. She(Claire) kept repeating how addictive these chickpeas would be and she was right. In fact, as I was preparing them this morning I couldn’t stop picking at them lol. They’re crispy and flavourful..mmm. Although, they didn’t go too well with my coffee. bleh..
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Cups raw almonds
- 1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Bake in the oven (middle rack) until the syrup around the almonds turns a darker brown, about 20 minutes. Keep your eye on them because they fast in the oven and there’s no way to turn back once you’ve gone too far! When finished, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Meanwhile, place the cocoa powder into a resealable bag. When the almonds are cool, break them apart and toss ‘em in the bag until they are generously dusted with cocoa.
Steph’s notes: I think I would have added more sugar and a little more salt but you can definitely adjust it to your taste. I like a more intense sweet/salty flavour. Also, when you’re breaking the almonds apart, don’t clean off too much of the crusted syrup. When you toss them in the cocoa, it will settle in all the little nooks and crannies – They’ll look nicer.
Spicy Baked Chickpeas
- 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika ( l love the rich colour of smoked paprika)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin (I put less than this because I’m not a fan of cumin however, I don’t omit it. It adds another dimension)
- Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
- Kosher salt
I hope you try these. Enjoy & Thank you for reading!
Blog: A Full Measure of Happiness: http://laurenzietsman.wordpress.com/