Now, who doesn't love sucking on some sweet and salty nuts? I know I sure do. A good handful is usually all you need to satisfy that desire. More than a handful would surely be a waste. Seriously. We love nuts. They are quite the indulgent treat. As adults we crave foods that are high in salt, fat and sugar. So what really could be more addictive than amazing quality nuts lightly tossed in maple syrup and sea salt and dried out to perfection? It really is a true celebration of love in your mouth.
Too much? Whatever, I know you're giggling.
See, whether you are spending this VD snuggling your lover or making the most of it by loving yourself as best as you well deserve, there is something sweet about a day that gives us permission to indulge. That's where the sweet and salty nuts come in.
I had first sampled. the Prana Maple Nuts at a health food show back in the Fall and fell instantly in love. They were amazing. On my last bulk food order, I added a bag of them to the list and Jen (my assistant) and I happily snacked them up- until we realized it was way past lunch time and we should probably be more responsible nutritionistas and make a real lunch. We just couldn't stop and before we knew it, that bag of nuts was empty!
We started calling them crack nuts as we were soon jonesing for another bag. The next morning, when I sprinkled the last of the crumbs onto my oatmeal, I sent an email through the company website telling them how in love I was with their nuts.
Lindsey, from PRANA Biovégétaliens (they're en Francaise from Quebec) wrote this sweet reply:
Wow Meghan! Thanks for the awesome compliments! We love to hear feedback from people who have tried our products and I can honestly say that yours brightened my morning (along with mornings of everyone here at the office that I forwarded your email to) :)
As with all things I love, I wanted to offer you the chance to sample this greatness for yourselves. That was what I did when I was ready for my next mouthful of sweet nuts.
Maple Love Nuts
1 cup mixed nuts/seeds of choice
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp coconut oil
pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350
- Toss nuts in maple syrup, coconut oil and sea salt
- Lay out on a parchment lined cookie sheet
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
(Why is my recipe only for a cup? Because any more than that and you will eat the whole thing!)