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Slow-Cooked Almonds with a Kick

These crunchy, heart-healthy snacks are hard to resist. They are a simple, one-pot creation that can be enjoyed as a cocktail snack or an after-gym, nutrient-packed pick-me-up. And if you’re tired of snacking on the same old thing, don’t worry! This recipe gives you the ability to tap into your creative side. Add more spice with some cayenne pepper, or some ginger and cumin for a more Middle-Eastern inspired snack.

Serves 24

• 6 cups whole, unblanched almonds
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2–3 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper

1. Heat a 4-quart slow cooker on high for 15 minutes. Add the almonds. Drizzle oil over almonds and stir. Sprinkle with garlic and pepper, and stir.
2. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. Stir every 30 minutes.
3. Turn heat up to high, and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
4. Turn heat to low and serve warm, or remove from heat and allow to cool.