Updated: Jan 1
I usually have all the gifts and treats ready before Christmas...but this year I ended up way behind. I've yet to see most the people I have gifts for or sent gifts to. I've also just, last night, made the only homemade edible holiday treat I've made this year. Somehow we ended up doing a lot of weekend travel too close to the actual holiday and then I ran out of time. That is how this year has felt - I ran out of time!
So - in the spirit of holiday treats that are good at anytime - try these spiced nuts!
They happen to be vegan and I like the texture better with a switch from eggs + sugar to maple syrup as the sweetener and binder for the spices.
The original recipes I've used come from Crowded Kitchen and a Food Network post of Jill Biden's recipe.
I've taken the pieces of each that I love and ended up with a new fav!
4 cups raw nuts - I used 2 cups Pecans / 2 cups Walnuts
1/3 cup Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Avocado oil (you could use any oil)
2 teaspoons Salt (I used vanilla salt that was gifted-yum!)
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Cumin
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
Line a sheet pan with parchment/foil/silicone liner
Mix together the syrup, oil, spices and salt in a medium to large bowl
Add nuts and coat evenly in the syrup mixture
Pour nuts onto the prepared sheet pan and spread as much in a single layer as possible
Bake 40 minutes
Remove from oven and stir with a spatula, returning them to a single layer
Bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool
I hope you ring in 2023 with your favorite treats and your favorite people.