If this isn’t the year you’re hosting Thanksgiving and lucky enough to be a guest, maybe you’re in need of a hostess gift idea. These are an easy and healthier version of glazed nuts. I’ve provided recipes for both lightly sweetened glazed walnuts and spicy savory cashews, but you can use a variety of nuts if you choose. Both recipes use honey or maple syrup as sweetener instead of sugar.
Turmeric, a plant that’s part of the ginger family, has curcumin as the main active ingredient. Turmeric has significant health benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory properties to providing antioxidants. Research shows that the curcumin is better absorbed by the body with the addition of black pepper. The muted yellow color of the turmeric can stain, so I recommend using gloves or a spatula when packaging the nuts. Don’t let this deter you from trying this addicting treat.
Spicy Glazed Cashews
- 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a roasting tray or baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. In a large bowl, combine the cashews with the coconut oil, maple syrup, turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper and sea salt. Mix well to coat the nuts. Pour the nuts onto the prepared sheet tray. Using a spatula, spread the nuts into a single layer on the tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the nuts are lightly browned and fragrant. Check on the nuts half way through the cooking time and give them a toss. Remove the tray from the oven. The glaze will harden as the nuts cool.
- 2 cups raw walnuts
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet or roasting tray with parchment paper. Toss the walnuts with the honey, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Toss well to coat the nuts completely. Pour the nuts on the prepared sheet tray and spread with a spatula into a single layer. Bake the nuts for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant. Check on the nuts half way through the cooking time and give them a toss. Remove the nuts from the oven. The glaze will harden as the nuts cool.