Remember that yummy Green Goddess Salad I shared with you a couple of months ago?
Well, there is something I forgot to share…
Those nuts in the salad were a “cleaned up” version of my mom’s holiday cinnamon roasted nuts.
When It comes to salads, for me, the more toppings and mix-ins the better…especially when there is some crunch and sweetness involved. While I absolutely LOVE candied nuts, many times they are SUPER sugary and not the healthiest option when it comes to salad toppings. I decided to roll up my sleeves and get creative in the kitchen to lighten up my mom’s recipe by reducing the sugar and using something other than refined sugar. After a couple of failed trials…I have a successful version to share with all of you!
Typically, cinnamon roasted nuts have a very sugary taste and texture to them but these nuts are a bit different. They are super crunchy because they are roasted, but the flavor is almost a hint of sweetness…almost like they are just “dusted” with cinnamon and honey. I promise these will add a yummy crunch and sweetness to your salad 🙂
Cinnamon Honey Roasted Nuts
- 1 cup nuts (I used walnuts and almonds)
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 250.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet.
- In a mixing bowl, whip the egg white and water until frothy. Add in the honey and whip a bit more to combine.
- In a separate mixing bowl mix the salt and cinnamon.
- Add the nuts to the egg white, water, honey mixture and stir thoroughly until all of the nuts are coated.
- Add the cinnamon mixture to the nuts and make sure to cover each nut with all the ingredients.
- Spread nuts on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 250 for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool thoroughly.
*I like to store my extra cinnamon honey roasted nuts in the freezer for use at a later date…if you can stand to have any leftover!
These are also great for a little after dinner snack, or for satisfying a raging sweet tooth 😉
- Have you ever tried to “healthify” a family recipe? Were you successful?