It’s countdown to Christmas over here and I’m freakin’ out.
If you’re like me, you’re a terrible gift planner/giver/buyer/etc., and it’s now too late to purchase anything meaningful.
But, like me, you likely have one redeeming quality: You love food and always have it around. Let’s use our kitchens as a resource and make candied nuts, shall we? Who doesn’t love the gift of food?!
These nuts are extra, extra easy because they require 9 basic ingredients, about 15 minutes to make, and 1 PAN.
That’s right. No bowl required. Just dump walnuts and pecans onto a baking sheet, season, roast for 12-15 minutes, and BAM. You have roasty, toasty, delectable gifts or snacks. Wasn’t that simple?
& Insanely delicious.
Keep them all for yourself or double the recipe and portion out into jars wrapped with twine and a little gift tag. Awe, isn’t that cute? And festive? Yeah, it totally is.
We hope you give this recipe a try. If you do, let us know by leaving a comment, rating it, and tagging a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!
- 1 cup (100 g) raw pecans
- 1 cup (120 g) raw walnuts
- 1 1/2 Tbsp (20 g) melted coconut oil or olive oil
- 2 Tbsp (24 g) coconut sugar, plus more for topping
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Healthy pinch cayenne pepper
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
- Add pecans and walnuts to a bare (or parchment-lined) baking sheet and top with oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, and 1 Tbsp maple syrup. Toss to coat.
- Bake for a total of 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant, tossing/stirring once at the halfway point to ensure even cooking. Then remove from oven and immediately drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp maple syrup. I also like to sprinkle on a little more salt, cinnamon, and coconut sugar to coat, but this is optional.
- Stir to combine/coat and enjoy warm or let dry/cool completely on the pan (they'll crisp up as they dry/cool) before storing in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2-3 weeks (or in the freezer up to 1 month).
- These make an excellent snack or topper for things like smoothies, salads, oats, baked oatmeal, pancakes, and roasted sweet potatoes. They also make a lovely gift! Portion into small jars, tie with ribbon or twine, and give the gift of plant-based goodness.