Healthy Spiced Nuts

December 11, 2014

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We might be in the minority here, but after all the holiday cookie parties, epic meals, egg nog, fudge, toffee, spiked cocoa etc, it gets to a point where we are no longer thrilled to be receiving decadent treats. Which is why, this year, we are recommending giving out two treats.  One of the usual holiday variety, dark chocolate caramels, and a healthier option, spiced nuts.  Usually candied nuts are full of sugar, butter, and oil, but these are made simply with spices, a little canola oil, and maple syrup. Easy to make, easy to package, and fun to eat.

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  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted, salted cashews (we used roasted cashews because we think they taste better and are less expensive, but you don’t have to)
  • 3 1/2 cups raw walnuts


Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a big cookie sheet with parchment paper. On the cooktop, toast each variety of nut separately in a large pan, since different varieties of nuts toast more quickly than others.  Toast nuts until they are aromatic, and slightly darkened, but not burnt. Put the toasted nuts into a large bowl and mix together well.

In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, allspice, cloves, vanilla extract, canola oil, maple syrup and kosher salt. Mix and pour over the nuts.  Stir until the nuts are coated in the mixture and lay them on the cookie sheet, trying not to pile them so that they evenly cook. Bake for 30 minutes or until the nuts have dried out.  The dryer the nut, the more candied it will taste.

Cool, and enjoy!

Makes 6 cups candied nuts

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