Maple Walnuts

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My darling friend, Jackie, came over for a visit yesterday. ¬†It was a perfect rainy day date that involved some much needed catching up and a little yoga for Jackie and Georgia (Jax-her cobra pose is looking amazing today ūüėČ ) ¬†She was planning to be here over lunch and being the procrastinator that I am I had nothing planned to serve. ¬†I had all of the fixings for a salad but needed something to add to make it special and not so “thrown together”. ¬†These maple walnuts were just the perfect touch. ¬†They are such an awesome addition to any salad but my favorite way to serve them is with mixed greens, bleu cheese, sliced apple and balsamic vinaigrette. ¬†They literally take less than five minutes to make and turn a pretty simple salad into an exceptional one. ¬†On another note, if you are looking for the perfect homemade hostess gift these are the perfect fit. ¬†They are so versatile; add some cinnamon or cayenne pepper for a different twist. ¬†Top them on a salad, nosh on them alone for a sweet treat‚Ķor dare I say it? ¬†On top of vanilla ice cream. ¬†Mouth officially watering. ¬†

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Maple Walnuts

barely adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

2 Cups Walnuts

1/3 Cup Pure Maple Syrup

1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Directions 

Grease a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray or coconut oil; set aside.  Heat a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Add all ingredients and cook, stirring frequently until syrup is caramelized, about three minutes.  Spread on to prepared parchment to cool completely.  Makes 2 cups