If this isn’t your year to host the holidays and are lucky enough to be a guest, maybe you’re in need of a hostess/host gift idea. This is an easy and healthier version of glazed nuts, using maple syrup or honey as a substitute for granulated 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. Enjoy the holidays!
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
- Kosher or sea salt, to taste
- 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.