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Candied Nuts

 

I know, I know... you want to get your sticky fingers all over my nuts. How could I blame you really. They are the best tasting nuts ever. The very best. What's super cool about this is that you don't even need to be a nut lover to enjoy this candied delight. Nut allergies in your homestead? Do this with a mix of seeds. Same, same lovers. Same, same.

This amazingly delicious and wonderfully simple dessert is what we serve apres meal at the first cooking class of my 6-week program. We serve it dipped into the most delicious ice cream maker free, coconut milk ice cream. And well, this pretty much wins my guests over. They immediately decide that I'm alright and that they'll be waiting with baited breath for the next class to come around.

If you ask me, the best treats are the ones that are easy to make and that are universally loved as this one is. It is so simple that I can't even think of anything to say about it. Perhaps we should discuss the health benefits?

Well, there aren't really any. Cooking nuts and raw honey in the oven is going to take away a lot of the goodness. With that being said, as far as desserts go, this one is still going to be a better option than most. So treat this treat as a treat, as Michael Pollan says, and bake it on up.

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And just when you thought it couldn't get any better. As we pulled it from the oven to cool during my class, I looked down at this smoldering, bubbling cookie sheet of love and said aloud- "We should have added chocolate!".

Guess I'll have to make this again and try out that version.

Happy nut loving!

Almond Honey Brittle

1 1/2 cups whole almonds (or nuts/seeds of choice)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbs vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Process nuts in blender/food processor only until nuts are coarsely chopped (over chopping will result in flour like consistency)
  • Place chopped almonds in a bowl and set aside
  • Mix together oil, honey and vanilla
  • Mix together with nuts
  • Spread in shallow cookie sheet (with edges) lined with parchment paper
  • Bake until golden brown (about 20 minutes)
  • Allow to cool slightly and then put in the fridge or freezer to harden, about 15 minutes
  • Break into pieces or just let your guests fight over the massive hunk of love.

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15 Responses to “Candied Nuts”

  1. I've been dreaming about this since last week... so delicious!
  2. Melissa said…
    oh yum!!! These look delish
  3. ooh yum I had no idea these were so simple to make!
  4. Alisa Fleming said…
    Well, cooking won't take away ALL of the healthy goodness, so these are still justifiable. I just made spiced cashews yesterday, I guess we are on the same nutty wavelength.
  5. Jen Saunders said…
    Sweet! I think this will be next year's contribution to my annual cookie exchange.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      And until then I will work on a way to keep them from getting soggles when they warm up to room temp. For now- best straight out of the freezer.
  6. Erica said…
    This sounds so tasty amazing! What are your thoughts on the Ayurvedic principle that honey should never be cooked? (not only because it loses enzymes but also because apparently it makes it super unhealthy from an Ayurvedic standpoint?) Was wondering your thoughts on this?
  7. claudia said…
    is it possible to substitute honey with agave?
  8. Tanya said…
    is it supposed to be all liquid when it comes out of the oven? Or did I do smth wrong? I am hoping it'll solidify once cooled ;)
  9. Kika said…
    Do you soak your nuts before making this?
  10. Rebecca said…
    Are the nuts you used raw or roasted?

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