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.
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.