Always looking for new healthy snack ideas, I began looking for something interestingly easy, crunchy and versatile enough for lunch salads or breakfast greek yogurts. I was seeking the ultimate protein crunch factor. I ventured to my absolute favorite recipe idea haven on the internet Pinterest. Throughout searching I decided on something nutty!
Sweetly spiced hot walnuts to be specific. I am aware that spiced or candied walnuts may be a holiday thing – but really … walking down the streets of manhattan, heavily sugar caramelized nuts of all sorts are a year long daily delicacy.
I tweaked some recipes a bit to make it healthy and appropriate for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
- 1 Pound of Walnuts (i added some pecans as well)
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (i like spice – so i added 3 times as much)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees | line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil
Whisk or stir all the ingredients together minus the nuts. This creates a syrupy mixture.
Now mix in the nuts. Make sure you coat them all. Then spread on the baking sheet, separating any chunks.
Bake for about a half hour, once you start to smell the aroma flip them over in the oven. They will be ready about ten minutes after.
These are a healthy and interesting snack and a great topper for almost anything healthy. I kept a stash in a mason jar for about a week. Happy healthy eating!