People often ask me about the name “Little Chef Big Appetite.” How little are you really? And if you’re so little, how much do you really eat?
Well guys, it isn’t just a cutesy blog name. I am 5 feet tall (not an inch more or less), and I am quite “small-boned,” I guess you could say. I can totally still shop in the kids section, but in order to look like a proper 23-year-old I try to avoid this at all costs. (Except when it comes to things like Hunter rain boots and adorable Crew Cuts ballet flats — these things are adorable AND half the price in mini-size).
My appetite, on the other hand, does not match my stature. I am constantly hungry. Travis likes to tell me there is a fat kid stuck inside of me, and well, he isn’t too far off from the truth.
I just get so stinkin’ hungry all the time. To prevent this (and the inevitable crankiness that could ensue otherwise) I eat about 5-6 small meals and snacks a day. That standard 3 meals a day just does not cut it for this girl.
I am constantly on the lookout for healthy snacks I can add into my rotation, especially ones I can easily bring to work.
Currently, my snacks consist of fruit with nut butters, Greek yogurt, nuts, and homemade granola bars/protein bars. I grow tired eating the same things all the time, so I like to change it up whenever I can.
I get a lot of inspiration for homemade snacks from the Trader Joe’s packaged nuts and trail mixes. Have you been down that incredible aisle with trail mixes galore? Oh man, that stuff is yuuuuuummy.
I especially love their Honey Sesame Almonds — so addicting.
So, I set out to recreate them at home, but this time make them a bit healthier.
For this recipe, I wanted to use a heck of a lot less sugar and no butter or oil.
I based these almonds off of my Spiced Roasted Almonds (have you tried those yet? That recipe is a real winner).
This time I just kept it really simple. This recipe calls for FOUR ingredients. FOUR – you got that!?A homemade nut mix you can make yourself in a matter of 15 minutes. It doesn’t get easier than this, guys.
- 1 cup raw almonds (not salted)
- ⅛ cup raw honey
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ cup sesame seeds (more or less to taste)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the almonds on the baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, until the almonds begin to smell toasty. Remove right away because they can burn quickly at this point.
- While the almonds are roasting in the oven heat a small saucepan over low heat and add the honey, brown sugar and salt. Stir constantly for about 1 minute. The mixture should become thinner. Pour the honey mixture over the almonds while the almonds are still on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a spoon to stir the almonds around so they are coated on all sides with the honey.
- You can coat with the sesame seeds in one of two ways. Either pour the seeds over the almonds directly on the baking sheet and stir the almonds around to coat. Or, put the sesame seeds in a bowl and in small batches pour the almonds in the bowl and toss around to coat.
- When the almonds are coated with the seeds, return them to the oven to roast for another 7 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the almonds to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.