December 30, 2014

Vanilla Roasted Nuts

Hosting a holiday party? Let me guess… you want it to be festive, you want to impress your guests and you want them to feel light and vibrant after the party. I’ve got the perfect party food for you – Vanilla Roasted Nuts! Sprinkle this healthy yet impressive snack throughout the house and watch your guests eat them, and you, up!

Vanilla Roasted Nuts

Servings: 8-12

Total Time: 6-7 minutes


  • 2 cups walnuts, raw

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Dash of ground cinnamon


Place nuts and oil in nonstick pan and turn heat to high.

As soon as you hear the slightest sizzle, turn heat down to medium or low and toast walnuts a few minutes until they smell nice and nutty.

Add maple syrup and vanilla extract and continue stirring them around the pan for a minute or two. Then add salt and cinnamon, and continue to stir for another minute.

Spread the nut mixture out onto a tray (a baking tray is good) and allow them to cool completely before eating. (They just taste better when they’re cooled!)


  • Instead of walnuts use pecans

  • Make them more savory by mixing in 1 teaspoon of dried herbs (we love rosemary) while adding in the cinnamon

  • You can always use extra virgin olive oil in place of the coconut oil

  • Instead of vanilla extract, try changing the whole flavor profile with almond or coconut extract

  • For a little kick in the pants, add in 1 tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (a little goes a long way) along with OR in place of the cinnamon

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