Holiday, Sides/Snacks

Maple-nutmeg Roasted Walnuts

Hello humans! Are you ready for THANKS-FREAKIN-GIVING!!!! I am! And when I say I am, its not that I’ve prepared by going to the grocery store BUT it means that I know what I am bringing over to my grandmothers house. If you are still looking for some great, please-all paleo/grain-free/refined sugar free dishes to share…. look no further. I have easy peasy recipes on my Thanksgiving Guide…. better known as my Thanksgiving Round-up. I promise you won’t be challenged or dismayed with the outcomes. They really do please all– grain lovers & haters alike!

Today’s thanksgiving/fall inspired recipe comes in the form of nuts. And what better fall nut than a walnut?? (Okay, chestnuts roasting on an open fire may have walnuts beat, but I don’t have time for roasting chestnuts, okay? I am sure neither do you).

WALNUTS. They are a great source of proteins and good fats (Whats up Omega 3s & Omega 6s!). Plus, they are so. versatile. I can’t even tell you. (ok well, I do, at the end of this post). However there is a down side to a LOT of nuts that you find at regular parties.

  1. The nuts are not organic, and therefore heavily, heavily sprayed with pesticides
  2. The nuts are not soaked & dried (also  called sprouted) which means they have higher levels of phytic acid, which makes them harder to digest (anyone else get bloated after eating nuts?? Sprouting them helps with that. Sprouting=soaking and drying)
  3. Many typical “roasted nuts” are roasted in canola oil (an oil that is rancid at a low temperature, is really bad for cooking… basically its always in a state having “gone bad”)
  4. Many typical “roasted nuts” are chock-full of refined sugar and weird preservatives.

….these all can turn a healthy food into something a little scarier to eat. (I am always thinking about the bio-accumulation of toxins!)

You don’t have to worry about that here. I have your paleo, refined sugar free roasted walnuts with no crappy oils.

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Now, I bought my pre-soaked & dried organic walnuts from Whole Foods, but if you can’t do that, you can soak your own! If you don’t have access to organic nuts, the soaking is especially important, as it can leech some of the nasty toxins out of the conventionally sprayed nut. Dr. Axe has a great guide on how to sprout/soak, which you can find here.

I choose nutmeg and real maple syrup so that the walnuts would really capture the essence of fall.

I hope you try these out as a last-minute, easy addition to your Thanksgiving table, and if you do, please take photos! Tag me on instagram and #huntinghanger #dontbehangry

ENJOY!


Maple Glazed Nutmeg Walnuts:

1 cup walnuts

2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

2 tbsp real maple syrup 

1 tsp salt

1 & 1/4 tsp nutmeg 


Melt coconut oil. Mix all ingredients in a bowl (preferably by hand), and make sure the walnuts are well coated. Place nuts on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Pour any remaining liquid from the bowl onto the nuts. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes, let cool completely before enjoying. 

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How should you be enjoying these babies?? Well, lucky for you I have some ideas.

Try topping coconut milk yogurt (or any yogurt you prefer) with these, or add to an ice cream sundae! Eat them plain, or throw them in a salad to add some sweetness and CRUNCH! You could also add some shredded toasted coconut, cacao nibs, dried fruit, and chocolate chips to make a sweet trail mix!

Honestly, I’d be impressed if you don’t eat them all at once (like I did) and get to enjoy them in these different ways (they are GOOOOD).

Happy hunting (and thanksgiving!!)

-Alexis

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