Halfway Healthy – Spiced Walnuts (Vegan/GF)
Recipe created by Sarah Holtz
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Cups walnuts
1 tsp crushed rosemary
3 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
15 grinds black pepper
5-10 shakes cayenne pepper
Prepare a cookie sheet by covering with parchment paper. We will use this for cooling the nuts. Next make up the sugar mixture in a small bowl. Add the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, black and cayenne pepper and stir gently with a fork.
Melt the coconut oil in a skillet over low heat. Add the walnuts and toast them for 4-8 minutes. These will burn, so keep stirring and watch them closely. After they are toasted and fragrant, dump them onto the prepared cookie sheet. Drizzle the warm nuts with maple syrup. Sprinkle on the crushed rosemary and the sugar mixture. Use a wooden spoon to evenly coat the nuts with the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Let the nuts cool 5 minutes before eating.
These are fantastic on a spinach salad. They also do nicely tucked into some pancakes or sprinkled on a baked sweet potato.