‘The Holidays’. Is it safe to say they are upon us? I’m going to go ahead and declare a yay on that. It is November, after all. And the hustle and bustle is right around the corner. I’ll be the first to admit, I love it. Most of it.
I love it because of the constant gathering around the table with loved ones. People just tend to get together more often, at least in my world. Whether it’s a group of couples having a fun dinner out on the town, old friends who are hosting a gathering in an effort to get the ‘gang’ back together, or simply having dinner at other families houses, we just tend to do it more often around this time of year. And I’m TOTALLY cool with that.
That’s where these Maple Coconut Snack Nuts are going to come in quite handy. The minute I made my first batch I had to make more-with homemade gift giving in mind. Now, my freezer is stocked and ready for any host/hostess gift that is ahead during this cozy-reuniting time. They are elegant, nourishing and so yummy. Throw them in a mason jar, tie a cute bow around the top and give give give. Homemade with your heart…the best kind of giving.
I am also pretty darn happy to have them on hand for when we have company in our own home. Perfect for snacking and pairing with wine and cheese or just for a little sweet fix.
Now I am going to warn you. You know that old philosophy that a bowl of nuts at a bar are the dirtiest, most germ-infested thing in the world? You are going to have to go ahead and throw that out the window with these. If you place a bowl on your table for a gathering there are going to be hands in that bowl fighting over them. Let it go, friends. It’s the germs of people you love, which are, I suppose, the best kind of germs. Build up those immune systems!
They are mysteriously coconutty and perfectly sweet and salty. And that crunch. Pure delight. While these are in the oven I highly encourage you to go stand on your front porch, take a deep breath of the outside air and re-enter your home. That smell when you re-enter will captivate you. And if your neighbors think you’re super weird for continually going in and outside during this cooking period just take them a cute jar of the goods…they will totally understand.
Maple Coconut Snack Nuts
5 Cups Salted Mixed Nuts
1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted (preferably unrefined)
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt, for topping, optional
Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with foil. Place the nuts in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk the maple syrup, coconut oil and cinnamon together. Pour the mixture over the nuts and stir until combined. Pour the coated nuts onto the baking sheet and spread out into an even layer. Bake 15-20 minutes or until nuts are golden brown and syrup begins to thicken, stirring twice in between cooking. Pour nuts onto a large sheet of parchment paper to cool in an even layer and sprinkle with salt, if desired, stirring occasionally so nuts do not stick together. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Makes 5 cups.