Holiday Spiced Nuts

Meal Course

Appetizer
Snack

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Gluten Free
Vegetarian

Recipe Type:

Snack

spiced nuts

Is there anything better than the smell of something baking during the holidays?

While pumpkin pie and pecan pie and cookies and mulled wine are all delicious, there is only so much decadence one can stand at this time of year.

Which is why I love these nuts!

They are crunchy and filling and just sweet enough to satisfy your cravings.

But they are packed with healthy fats and vitamins and only a little sugar from pure maple syrup!

I first discovered spiced pecans when a client of mine in Hawaii would bring me a bag every Christmas. I would snack on them every afternoon at work until I had finished the entire bag.

During our first holiday season in California, I really missed those nuts! I decided to recreate them.

They are so easy and simple I hate to even call it a recipe. It’s more of a method that you can recreate with any spices or nuts you enjoy or have on hand!

I always make a double batch because they make the PERFECT gift for teachers, coworkers, coaches and neighbors.

Just buy some cellophane gift bags and cute holiday ribbon at the craft store and you have an adorable and delicious gift, all hand made and created with love.

I prefer a mixture of pecans and almonds because I wanted the added Omega 3’s from the almonds and I happened to have an extra bag sitting around, but you could use this technique with pecans, almonds, walnuts or cashews.

While I stick with the traditional cinnamon flavor, I’ve also played with adding cumin, chili powder and even a little cayenne!

I hope these Holiday Spiced Nuts become an annual tradition in your household, like they have in ours.

spiced nuts

Holiday Spiced Nuts

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups raw and unsalted nuts such as pecans and almonds
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a very large bowl, lightly beat the egg whites
  • Add the maple syrup and cinnamon and mix until combined
  • Add the nuts and mix until they are completely coated
  • Spread evenly in a single layer on a silicone or parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees
  • Let cool completely and store in an airtight container