One of my favourite things to snack on this time of year is spiced candied nuts. The sweet, salty, spicy combination just can’t be beat in my books. And, the fact that it’s a slightly healthier Christmas treat is just an added bonus! This year, in my ongoing attempt to cut out processed sugar, when possible, I decided to make it with my favourite sweetener. I’m sure you’ll never guess what it is. ?
These Maple Spiced Candied Nuts are the bomb! I made some to give as gifts but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have to make another batch because none of us can stop eating them. My four year old asked me to pack them along for his playschool snack because he loved them so much. They can be enjoyed as is, but I also think they would make a delicious garnish for holiday desserts. Vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and spiced nuts? Yes please!
You might as well whip up a double batch while you’re at it, because they’ll be gone in a flash. And, they’re just so handy to have on hand for last minute gifts and guests. You must make some ASAP, they’re just too good to pass up.
Maple Spiced Candied Nuts
Serves: 8 cups
If you can’t handle spice cut the cayenne down to 1/2 teaspoon.
- 8 cups (2 pounds) mixed raw nuts
- 3/4 cup real maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Stir nuts together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl stir together remaining ingredients. Pour over nuts and stir to coat evenly. Divide nut mixture between two parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 300ºF for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until nuts are toasted and coating is sticky. Let cool 5 minutes, or until coating is dry to the touch. Serve while warm or allow to cool completely and store in a sealed container.