With the holiday season here, there’s no better time to whip up flavored nuts to toss into salads, stuffing and to enjoy as a tasty snack.  I love using walnuts because they are loaded beneficial omega-3 fats, as well as protein, fiber, magnesium and potassium.  You can’t go wrong.  Keep in mind that the calories can add up fast with about 185 calories per 1 ounce serving (14 walnut halves).



Walnuts are a blank canvas as they take on the flavor of any seasoning – sweet or savory, spicy or tangy.  It’s magical! These are super simple to make on the stovetop.  Simply toss in the ingredients, stir to heat up and cool on a cookie sheet prior to using.  You can gift these walnuts in mason jars to your family and friends, also.



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In a snap you can have sweet and spicy walnuts (or any nut you like), to savor throughout the holiday season.  Take a look at the simple recipe below!


Sweet & Spicy Walnuts

Serves 4 (1/4 cup each)


2 cups raw walnut halves

1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne or chili powder


In a skillet over medium heat, add oil and maple syrup.  Stir for a minute and toss in walnuts.   Coat walnuts well by stirring and heating them for a couple of minutes.  Sprinkle in salt, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne.  Stir to coat walnuts well with spices.  Allow to heat in the skillet for 5 – 6 minutes.

Remove from heat and put the nuts on a parchment or Silpat-lined sheet pan. Cool for 10 – 15 minutes before using or storing in a sealed container.  They will last in a cool, dry, dark place for 4 – 6 weeks.

This recipe is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. 

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