December 2, 2012

Maple-Vanilla Candied Nuts

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These are insanely good. They're healthier (and I think tastier) than traditional candied nuts, replacing all that sugar with maple syrup. There's a wonderful hint of vanilla that just sends it over the top. AND they take less than 10 minutes to make. Though I feel I should toss in a warning here: I burned my tongue not once... not twice... but THREE times because they were so darn good and I was too impatient for them to cool. Not even ashamed to admit that. :) Once I managed to find some self-control and not scarf down the entire batch, I put them in a sealed container to later use in this Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad. They're really awesome just eaten as a snack as well.

Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Ellie Krieger

2 cups nuts (I used walnut pieces)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt

Heat a small skillet over med-high for 1 minute.
Add all ingredients.
Stir frequently until syrup is caramelized, about 3-4 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool.

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  1. What a great way to start your December posts!

  2. oooh this is basically the filling for baklava! mmmm making my mouth water, looks like i could get fat off of this!

  3. These look delish! Going to have to make these for sure!

  4. These look like the perfect pre-Christmas dinner nibble. I think I'll have to go with pecans, as walnuts just taste funny to me, but I love the simplicity!

  5. Any idea how long these would keep if in an airtight contianer? I'm looking for snacks like this to send to ou troops overseas. Shipping time is anywhere from 7-14 days, but with the holidays here both postal services are aiming that all get there in time for Christmas. Just wondering if this is something i could send as iI think they would make an awesome gift from back home.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kay! Wow, what a wonderful and thoughtful idea! These would definitely make an awesome gift. I really don't see what would go wrong with these in a week or two, BUT (and this is a big but) I'm certainly no expert in food safety so please use your own best judgement. These have never made it past a few days in our house, so unfortunately I can't weigh in from personal experience... :) So sorry I couldn't be more help, I wish I knew that answer for you! Good luck and happy holidays to you!!

  6. I think I would be impatient for them to cool too. ;) I was also thinking that these would be a great gift! My aunt used to always make cinnamon candied nuts and give them out for Christmas and they were popular with everyone!

    1. Oh yes - such a perfect gift idea for the holidays :) I thought about doing a cinnamon variation with these but haven't gotten around to it yet. I bet that would be fantastic as well! Wishing you a Merry Christmas Kiersten!

  7. Mmm mmm... These are sooo cute! I used pecans and almonds, and added some unsweetened shredded coconut to the mix.... it turned out great! Thanks for a simple, easy, delicious recipe!

    1. Hey Kris! Yay! So glad these worked out for you. I would have never thought to add shredded coconut - great addition!! :)


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