I love regular toasted nuts of any variety, but every so often I like to make it an extra special treat by enjoying the candied variety.
I usually find store-bought candied nuts to be far too sweet, so I've gone ahead and made my own! These ones are mildly sweet, but still hit the spot! Go ahead and try it for yourself, with almonds or any other nut of your choice.
Makes for a wholesome and healthy snack on its own, or enjoy on top of a salad to give it some extra bite.
Takes only 15 minutes from start to finish!
Pro tip: the nuts continue to cook a little even after taken out of the oven and the mixture may still look wet but it will harden as it cools; so be careful not to over-cook them.
These nuts make for great on-the-go snacks that will easily store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Candied Sesame Almonds
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free
Yield: approx. 1.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 15 min
2 cups (280 g) almonds, or sub your nut of choice
2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup (or sub agave syrup)
1 tbsp (15 mL) coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp (20 g) sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 350 F/ 180 C.
Mix maple syrup, coconut oil, salt and cayenne together in a medium bowl. Then add in the nuts and toss to combine. Place on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and roast for 5 minutes.
Then remove from the oven, add the sesame seeds, toss to coat, and roast for another 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant . Note: the nuts continue to cook a little even after taken out of the oven and the mixture may still look wet but it will harden as it cools; so be careful not to over-cook them. Allow to cool fully before storing in an air-tight container.
Variations: use any other type of nuts or sprinkle on some coconut sugar at the end if you like it sweeter!
Storage: store in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 2 weeks; store in the freezer for up to one month.
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