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MIRIN & MAPLE ROASTED ALMONDS

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds features almonds roasted to perfection with a sweet and spicy glaze. Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, they make a healthy snack anytime of day!

top down view of naturally sweetened roasted almonds in a blue and white bowl.

Sweet, but not too sweet, these mirin & maple roasted almonds are a welcome addition to the recipe collection!

The idea for the mirin & maple glaze came about from my Mirin & Maple Tempeh Stir Fry. I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out as this was something unusual, but they came out great!

It’s simple flavors with sweetness from the mirin and maple, warmth from the cinnamon and cayenne (or chipotle), and a tad bit salty.

And did you know, almonds are the most alkalizing nut?

  • They’re balancing, nourishing and contain high levels of potassium and vitamin E.
  • Just 9 almonds contain all the vitamin E you need for one day.

There’s no reason to not have a batch of roasted almonds on hand when they’re so easy to make. Gather your ingredients and let’s getting roasting!

top down view of ingredients used to make mirin maple roasted almonds recipe.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In this recipe, almonds are mixed with a naturally sweetened glaze made of maple syrup and mirin with a hint of warming cinnamon and spicy cayenne for a slight kick of heat.

Here is everything you’ll need:

  • Raw almonds
  • Mirin
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne (or chipotle)
  • Salt
  • Sesame seeds (black, white or both)

Recommended Mirin

Not all mirins are the same, stick with brands that are brewed traditionally and do not contain additives like corn syrup or use artificially produced koji enzymes. I recommend purchasing mirin from brands like Eden or  Oshsawa for organic mirin. These brands use quality ingredients, and I’ve used both in my kitchen.

top down view showing the process of mixing almonds and glaze.

How To Make Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

  • At the bottom of a medium mixing bowl, add the mirin, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, chipotle (or cayenne), and salt, and mix.
  • Add 3 cups of raw almonds and toss well to coat.

top down view of almonds seasoned, layered on a baking sheet and ready for the oven.

  • Layer on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 15 – 18 minutes.

Pro Tip: Be sure to keep an eye on them after 15 minutes, so they don’t overcook and burn.

top down view of freshly made mirin maple roasted almonds on a baking sheet.

  • Lastly, remove the almonds from the oven. They will harden as they cool (shown above).

And there you have it, beautifully glazed roasted almonds that will please your senses and satisfy your hunger. Be warmed, they are highly addicting!

And don’t forget to share the love, these mirin & maple roasted almonds are good things in little packages and make for great gift ideas too!

How To Store

Roasted nuts can be stored, in a covered container, on the counter for up to 3 – 4 weeks.

top down view of roasted almonds in small glass jars for gift giving.

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MIRIN & MAPLE ROASTED ALMONDS

An wonderful combination of sweetness with a hint of heat. These make for a perfect snack any time of day.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings, about 2 tablespoons per serving 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups raw almonds (about 1 lb.)
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne
  • generous pinch or two mineral salt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sesame seeds (black and/or white)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mirin, maple syrup, cinnamon, chipotle powder and salt, mix well. Add the almonds to the mirin mixture and toss to coat. Add in sesame seeds and combine.

On a large rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or silpat, spread almonds in an even layer. You may even like to sprinkle a little salt on top of the almonds for a little extra saltiness!

Bake for 15 – 18 minutes, stirring once. Keep an eye on them after 15 minutes, so they don’t overcook and burn.

Remove from oven, let cool and to harden.

Notes

I recommend sourcing the best mirin you can get. Read the ingredient label and choose ones that are brewed traditionally and do not contain additives like corn syrup or use artificially produced koji enzymes. A good mirin will run you around $10 dollars and is worth the little extra compared to cheaper brands that use additives. You can also use it in the other recipes that call for mirin as mentioned in the first paragraph. It’s great to use in marinades and stir fry’s. You can use it to glaze your pie crusts and pastries too, giving them a beautiful shiny finish. It may also be used in making desserts such as poached fruit and puddings.

I went a little easy on the spices so adjust to your preference. If you like a little more heat, add a tad bit more chipotle powder. I find these to be great without any spice as well, simply having the mirin, maple and salt as flavoring.

Updated: This Mirin Maple Roasted Almonds was originally published in November 2013. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in January 2020.

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11 Comments

  1. Josephine says:

    The fusion Flavors are just so so good! The balance is perfect

  2. i made some of these recently. i like this variation too!

    1. These are super! Hope you give them a try next round of roasted almonds you make. The mirin is a key ingredient. Cheers :)

  3. We rented a cabin in Tahoe for Christmas this year. We were there for 3 days and I wanted to bring healthy munchies that could pack easily and would fill in between meals. These worked out great. They were a big hit with the family, even my picky teenager.I found organic almonds in the bulk section at WF. I had never used Mirin before and used it again tonight in a marinade for tofu, Fun to integrate something new in the flavor spectrum. Thank You!

    1. That sounds wonderful! How fun to have rented a cabin for the holiday. I'm so glad they went over well with everyone. I just made another batch of these the other day…so simple and good! Cheers to a new year and trying new things! :)

  4. Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! says:

    These look FANTASTIC! And so easy to make, too. Beautiful. :)

  5. Vicki Bensinger says:

    These sound very unique. I have a mirin mix I put together a month or so ago that could work with this and then add in the maple flavoring. Very unusual but it sounds delicious. I will be sure to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Vicki! Please do try it with your mix or the mix I have here, it is so good! I almost think this would be fine with just mirin but that's just me as I love the flavor and simplicity. A little coconut sugar might be well too in place of the maple to lend a caramel flavor. I also think some ginger and orange flavor would be great instead of the cinnamon and chipotle. Or simply mirin and salt. However you try it with the mirin, I highly recommend it! Cheers :)

  6. The Vegan Cookie Fairy says:

    How lovely! I have some mirin that I rarely use – why, I can't tell you, because I actually like it very much. I think you're right, this would be a great gift at Christmas.

    P.S.: I made your mashed chickpea salad sandwich for lunch today. I can't wait to eat it – it's by far my favourite sandwich ever.

    1. Well yes, it's time to break out the mirin and roast some almonds. It's quite delicious! Enjoy the chickpea salad…it's one of my fav's too! :)

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