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.
YIELDS 2 Cups
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.
Prunes and walnuts are both exceedingly high in antioxidant power. Both are listed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale with over 10,000 units. Prunes also are a great source of vitamin C. I’ve combined these two age-defying powerhouses into one great dessert.
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped prunes
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup Smart Balance Butter, softened
2 Tbs. coconut butter
1 1/4 cup organic sugar or xylitol
2 large eggs
1/2 cup egg substitute
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a bowl, combine the white rice flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the prunes and walnuts. Mix well and set aside.
3. In a stand mixer or using beaters, cream the butter substitute until fluffy. Add the coconut butter and sugar substitute a little at a time.
4. Separately combine the eggs and egg substitute and whisk until smooth. Add to the creamed butter mixture.
5. Combine the creamed butter-egg mixture with the dry flour mixture.
6. Spread into greased and floured 8″ X 8″ baking pan and bake at 325 degrees until the center is firm, about 40-45 minutes.
7. Cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.
Spinach and Grapefruit Salad
Spinach contains iron as well as age-defying antioxidants. Grapefruit is chock-full of vitamin C and potassium. You can use pink or white grapefruit in this salad, though pink grapefruit has the added benefit of lycopene. If you use whole segments of the grapefruit, you’ll also add fiber. The candied walnuts and dried apricots balance the acidity of the grapefruit and increase the antioxidants in this dish. Grace’s Honey-Lime Dressing perfectly compliments the mellow flavor of the spinach.
1 whole grapefruit, segmented
¼ cup candied walnuts
¼ cup dried apricots
2 recipes Honey-Lime Dressing to taste.
1. Wash and stem the spinach leaves and place in a bowl.
2. Add the grapefruit, walnuts, and apricots.
3. Toss with Tangy Ginger Dressing to taste.
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