Maple-Spiced Walnuts

A nutty recipe just in time for Christmas gatherings! The holidays might make me a little nutty but these 2 can usually save my day! Read past the cuteness for the newest recipe from The Quiet Gut.

Pecans, walnuts, macadamia, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, flax seeds. What’s your favorite?

I typically lean towards pecans because my parents have 2 huge pecan trees in their backyard that produces more pecans than I can eat in my lifetime & boy are they delish! For this recipe however, I stuck with the walnuts & I’ve got to tell you, walnuts aren’t just for baking! They’ve now made my top 3 list!

I made these Maple-Spiced Walnuts for Thanksgiving at my in-laws house. They just sounded like a holiday snack.

Here’s my OCD ingredient gathering at its best ?

I also apparently enjoy staring at separated spices. Now you see them….

Now you don’t!

Since you’ve gathered all your ingredients & mixed your yummo spices, ¬†your safe to start the liquids warming in your large skillet. Don’t scrimp on skillet size or you won’t be able to coat the walnuts properly & the seasoning is so good you’ll want them covered!

Combine the maple syrup, olive oil (I prefer to use EVOO) & water, heating for 5 minutes.

Add the walnuts & make sure to coat in the liquid before you start dropping your magic seasoning on top. Once you’ve thoroughly coated your walnuts, allow them to hang out & brown in the pan for approximately 3ish mins. I say ish because my started to scorch by 2:30 mins.

Promptly lay your ¬†deliciousness out on a pan lined with parchment paper (or foil, because that’s all I had & it didn’t stick) so the nuts can cool & you can admire your handy work!

So, what did the family have to say about the Maple-Spiced Walnuts? One family member said that it was spicy but good. On the spice front, my family & Chad’s family have a different taste for spice. My dad likes ghost pepper salsa so cayenne would probably have been better for Christmas at my parents.

My opinion of the walnuts, remove the coriander & use more sugar, salt & cumin. I also would add additional liquid so the chances of scorching are lower.

Overall, I would rate this recipe a 5 but the small changes I mentioned could bump it up to “Christmas at my parents house” status.