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Roasted Walnuts Recipe

December 16, 2013   7 Comments

Are you looking for a way to wow your friends and family while doing very little work?

Look no further – I have found two perfect recipes that will not only celebrate the season but are healthy (you don’t need to tell anyone about the healthy part).

It turns out that nuts may be one of the keys to health. From the New York Times article regarding a scientific paper on the Nurse’s health study Snacking Your Way To Better Health:

The more often nuts were consumed, the less likely participants were to die of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease, and not because nut eaters succumbed to other diseases. Their death rate from any cause was lower during the years they were followed. (The nuts in question were pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, peanuts and walnuts.)

Not only are you giving a delicious gift – you are giving long life!

I made two different recipes with walnuts because they are one of my favorite nuts and they scream “holiday!”. A couple of years ago, California Walnuts took me on a tour of the walnut harvest and I ate about five million walnuts. As you can see, I will live to be 100.

You will need a big bag of walnuts to make these recipes. Look in the produce section for 12 ounce to 16 ounce bags – the baking section usually only has small bags of walnuts.

If you looking for a savory snack, try the rosemary and salt. For the dessert lovers out there, you can’t go wrong with cinnamon and sugar. I did use a tablespoon of butter to deepen the rich flavor of the walnuts. These are best served warm.

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Rosemary Roasted Walnuts

Makes 8, ¼ cup servings

2 cups walnut pieces
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon dried or fresh rosemary
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up and spread out walnuts. Drizzle butter over walnuts and add rosemary and salt. Toss to coat. (You can taste the walnuts at this point to determine if there is enough salt.)

Bake for 6 minutes, stir to ensure even roasting, and bake for another 6 minutes. If the walnuts are slightly browned, they are done. Be sure to check them because they burn easily.

Let cool and eat when warm or allow to cool completely and package for gifts.

193 calories, 18.5 g fat, 2.9 g saturated fat, 3.1 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g sugar, 4.0 g protein, 2.1 g fiber, 45 mg sodium, 5 Points+

Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Walnuts

Makes 8, ¼ cup servings

2 cups walnut pieces
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up and spread out walnuts. Drizzle butter over walnuts and add sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat.

Bake for 6 minutes, stir to ensure even roasting, and bake for another 6 minutes. If the walnuts are slightly browned, they are done. Be sure to check them because they burn easily.

Let cool and eat when warm or allow to cool completely and package for gifts. 200 calories, 18.4 g fat, 2.9 g saturated fat, 4.8 g carbohydrates, 2.1 g sugar, 4.0 g protein, 2.1 g fiber, 10 mg sodium, 5 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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7 Comments:

I make cinnamon almonds (sometimes other nuts but these are my favorite) with cinnamon and just a bit of honey drizzled on almonds and toasted in the oven on a sprayed cookie sheet. Everyone loves them and there's nothing processed in them!

on December 16, 2013

These look great! I'll be trying both for sure. My mother makes a less healthy version using a lot of butter and sugar with pecans. Thanks for a healthy alternative! I think there's a typo in the second recipe, though. The walnuts should probably be tasted for sugar, not salt. Thanks again!

on December 16, 2013

LOVE all nuts! Glad they are good for us in reasonable quantities.I toast a few pecans every morning and toss them on top of my oatmeal...So delicious!

on December 16, 2013

@Sandi - Thanks! I fixed that mistake. I didn't read over my recipes enough. Thank you for helping me out.

on December 16, 2013

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I'm pretty sure you have to eat nuts RAW to obtain any health benefits.

on December 16, 2013

@SnackGirl My pleasure to help! I've been lurking for sometime and have enjoyed many of your recipes.

on December 16, 2013

I used to work with my cousin at the Cinnamon Nut Hut. We roasted them with water, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar. I bet you could do the same in the oven. I really love all of your ideas! the Santa strawberries were a HUGE it at the x-mas work gathering.

on December 16, 2013


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