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    Hunger is the best sauce in the world. Cervantes

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    When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. Laiko Bahrs

    Dyspepsia is the remorse of a guilty stomach. A. Kerr

    Happiness is life served up with a scoop of acceptance, a topping of tolerance and sprinkles of hope, although chocolate sprinkles also work. Robert Brault

    Most of the food allergies die under garlic and onion. Martin H. Fischer

    Food is so primal, so essential a part of our lives, often the mere sharing of recipes with strangers turns them into good friends. Jasmine Heiler

    As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It's time to start making soup again. Leslie Newman

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    Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would. V.L. Allineare

    Researchers have discovered that chocolate produced some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are. Author Unknown

    I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts. Graham Kerr

    Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people. Elizabeth Berry

    This is every cook's opinion -no savory dish without an onion, but lest your kissing should be spoiledyour onions must be fully boiled.Jonathan Swift

    After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers. Emily Luchetti

    The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit. St Frances de Sales

    Food is an important part of a balanced diet. Fran Lebowitz

    There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye. Author Unknown

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    My soul is dark with stormy riot, Directly traceable to diet.Samuel Hoffenstein

    The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor. Chinese Proverb

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    If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called "produce" and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective? Ymber Delecto

    Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. Voltaire

    We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. Alfred E. Newman

    The breakfast slimes, angel food cake, doughnuts and coffee, white bread and gravy cannot build an enduring nation. Martin H. Fischer

    It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat. Robert Fuoss

    Soup is liquid comfort. Author Unknown

    One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright

    Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. Jim Davis

    If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food. Sally Edwards

    All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! Charles Schulz

    Happiness is a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry under a shade tree. Astrid Alauda

    As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. Joan Gussow

    The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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December 19, 2011

Roasted Maple Nuts

This recipe has been my favorite holiday treat for years. I can eat it, still feel good, and the healthy sugar only makes it taste better.

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The ingredients can get a bit expensive, which is why I buy in bulk beforehand, but it’s worth every penny for at least one batch. We wrap the nuts festively and share them with our best friends.

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The Yummiest Spice Combo Ever (Chili Powder, Cinnamon & Allspice)

  • 2 C almonds (use all raw nuts)
  • 1 C pecans
  • 1 C walnuts
  • 1 C cashew pieces
  • 1 C pumpkin seeds (the green raw kind)
  • 1/2 C Sucanat or Florida Crystals (dried cane juice)
  • 1/2 C Pure Maple Syrup (don’t settle for the fake stuff)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chili powder mix
  • 1 tsp allspice

Chop or break big nuts into halves or smaller pieces.

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In a large bowl mix the spices together,

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then add the sugar and maple syrup and stir.

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Dump in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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Line two large baking pans with parchment paper (it’s oh so easy to clean afterward) and heat your oven to 350°.

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Lightly spray the parchment paper with oil and spread mixture evenly between the pans.

Bake for 12-15 minutes on the middle rake, stirring once, until nuts are slightly brown. Watch these like a hawk when they’re almost done so they don’t over brown.

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Let pans cool for 10 minutes, then pull paper and nuts onto a rake or counter to finish cooling. The mixture hardens as it cools. Break into pieces.

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Here’s the gift basket I made for some family friends. The nuts are in a festive bag within the basket.

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These baskets are so easy to make! The most important thing to do is hit the after Christmas sales and buy cellophane, ribbon (Costco has it for cheap before Christmas), bags and inexpensive buckets or containers.

I included a loaf of bread in this one, but a few pieces of fruit goes a long way to make it beautiful. Then I just put in my goodies in a separate bag, wrap the whole thing in cellophane and add a pretty ribbon.

Do-it-yourself, beautiful gift giving and addictive, delicious yet healthy, holiday treats.

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14 Comments

  1. James says:

    This looks yummy!

  2. Alana says:

    These look super delicious!
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  3. thank you for linking with Kids in the Kitchen – shared on G+ and facebook
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  4. Thanks for sharing at our Finished Friday link up! These nuts look delicious.
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  5. Jacqueline says:

    These look tasty and what a great idea. I love food gifts. Thank you for taking the time to share at my link party.
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  6. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)
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  7. Miz Helen says:

    We just love Roasted Nuts, this is a great snack. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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  8. chili powder and cinnamon…I wouldn’t have ever thought of that combination.
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  9. Thanks so much for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. I am not familiar with sucanat. I will have to check into it.
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    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      Please do! It is a wonderful, healthy, “whole” sugar that still contains all the vitamins and minerals from the cane plant. I usually use it in place of brown sugar, except when I need something to caramelize :)
      I usually buy it in bulk at the health food store or through a coop like Azure Standard. It’s about $1/lb.

  10. What a lovely flavourful nut mix! It really is perfect for Christmas giving – but I’d have to keep plenty for myself too ;)

  11. Alea says:

    I love roasted nuts at the holidays. Your recipe sounds delicious! thanks for sharing it with the Gallery of Favorites.
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