If you're like me, you've probably got a whole lot of folks on your list whom you'd like to thank during the holidays, but not a lot of money to spend on each. A favorite neighbor who always accepts your packages for you? The guy at your cheese shop you always throws in a little extra? Or maybe you want a little something personal to accompany your doormen or superintendent's tip? Stockings to stuff? I've got a yummy, DIY treat that will cover all of your bases...
Superfood seasoned holiday nuts! It takes next to no skill or time to whip up a big batch; then toss them into mason jars with a little ribbon and a pretty printed bag or mini burlap sac and they're good to gift!
Nuts are packed with omegas, heart healthy fats, protein and fiber. Cinnamon, clove and cardamom help regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, detox and boost immunity. Amidst tempting holiday cookies and sugary treats, a jar full of superfood snacks are a welcome diversion. People love the personalized touch!
But the last thing I've got time for is running all around town delivering holiday gifts, so this year I called on TaskRabbit to do it for me. Within minutes, this guy arrived at my door to deliver my umpteen little wrapped packages Santa style. Santa aka Jeremy texted me updates and even ran a couple of other errands for me along the way. In fact, he was so helpful, I wished I'd brought him in sooner to help me jar and wrap all of these things (yes, they DO that!)
I've been giving these nuts for years, and somebody always asks for the recipe. So I figured it's time to share!
seasoned & super holiday nuts
15 minutes // Makes about 4, 8 oz mason jars)
- 4 cups of organic nuts of your choice (hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts are all particularly seasonal. But here I used 3 of my personal faves: almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts)
- 3 tbsp olive or coconut oil, or grass-fed butter
- 4-6 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp clove
- 1/2 tsp cardamom or cayenne if you like a spicy kick
- Toast nuts in a large skillet over medium heat until fragrant and just beginning to brown (usually less than 10 minutes, depending on your nuts and the size of your batch)
- As they're toasting, coat nuts evenly with olive oil
- Add spices and coat nuts evenly
- Add maple syrup and coat evenly, then turn off the heat
- Allow to cool on parchment paper or a cookie sheet
Thank you TaskRabbit for making this holiday possible...I'm sure all of my friends and clients thank you too! #sp
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Photos by Angela Pham photography