Spicy Candied Walnuts

Nothing indicates a fall meal like a candied nut treat perfect for complimenting a salad or side-dish. Candied nuts are often made of melted white sugar but for the holidays, there are other more natural options. Maple syrup adds a complex flavor; purchase 100% pure, organic maple syrup when you can. The Grades of maple syrup indicate the richness of color, but not the quality. A pinch of salt and spicy cayenne pepper offers an unexpected pop of flavor. Enjoy the healthy omega-3 fats in crunchy walnuts for anti-inflammatory benefits.


2 cups raw walnut halves
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon coarse Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Bake for 5 minutes, toasting for 1 or 2 more minutes if needed but be sure not to burn. Remove from oven and let cool. In a medium saucepan, heat maple syrup until warm. Add the cayenne and walnuts, quickly stirring and coating each piece with the syrup mixture. When walnuts are evenly coated, place them back on the parchment lined baking sheet, spreading evenly apart with a spoon. Sprinkle walnuts with salt and cool completely before serving.
Omega-3 fats
Vitamin E

About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
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