Orange Maple Rosemary Spiced Nuts

by Sarah on December 13, 2012 · 8 comments

Wednesday night was the latest in the monthly series* of cooking classes I teach at Whole Foods. This time, I officially felt famous.

*Not that there is a theme, other than “Sarah talks about her food favorites and weird events from her life for 45 minutes and ‘cooks’ for 15.”I liked to think of my class as Giftable Goodies, mostly for the alliteration, and the opportunity to use a noun as a verb.I thought that I’d let my ‘students’ take a more hands-on approach this time, and my Build-Your-Own-Bark plan worked out to be quite fun……even if my vision of everyone sitting neatly at their tables with a perfectly cut piece of wax paper in front them onto which I spread even amounts of melted chocolate for them to stud with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit, and coconut didn’t happen exactlylike I thought.

not my hands.

At least I successfully melted chocolate in a makeshift double boiler.And when have YOU had this much fun in the cafe at Whole Foods?

Although I don’t have the ability to use an oven during my classes, I didn’t want to skip out on showing one of my other favorite homemade healthy holiday gifts: spiced or seasoned nuts.

I made a full batch at home for tasting, and showed everyone how easily a glaze can come together for any nuts you choose. [I do recommend almonds, walnuts, and pecans because they have ridges for catching flavor…and they are delicious. :)]

The particular glaze I made was based in the sweetness of orange juice and maple syrup.

this recipe is obviously sponsored by whole foods :)

The addition of a heavy hand of rosemary (and a little thyme), with spice from pepper, garlic, salt, and ground mustard, makes these much more interesting than your typical candied nut.

Simply coat the nuts and spread them out in a baking pan or on a cookie sheet.

Baking for 15-20 minutes, stirring at regular intervals to prevent scorching,* produces a toasty roasty scent-fully delicious treat.

*Be careful about letting orange juice drip into the pan, because the sugar in it will cook very quickly!This is a great, oil-free and vegan method for flavoring nuts, but you can also coat them with cooking spray, coconut (or other) oil, egg whites, or, of course, butter. It’s as simple as taking your favorite seasoning blend–curry, Italian/Tuscan, blackening or BBQ [or perhaps Dill Pickle? ;)]–and adding it to coated nuts. The possibilities are ENDLESS.

yes, i am aware it appears these nuts are floating in rosemary flavored slime.

But I am excited about the possibilities of THESE in your kitchen some time soon.

Orange Maple Rosemary Spiced Nuts

  • 8 cups assorted raw, unsalted nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 tsp. dried chopped rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. finely ground black pepper
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together orange juice, maple syrup, and spices.
  2. Add nuts, stirring well to coat.
  3. Spread nuts onto a metal pan coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring regularly, until nuts are fragrant and toasty.
  5. Allow to cool in a single layer on wax paper or paper towels. [They will crisp up a bit as they cool.]
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Robyn@thereallife_rd December 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

i love that these are vegan and you don’t have to use egg whites, i’m drooling over here. and how did you get the cooking gig at wf??? i have always wanted to do that! do you need a sous chef? :)

Sarah December 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

I was in the right place at the right time, really. The head of the healthy eating program at Whole Foods saw me talking about my blog (and showing it off) to some people at a healthy eating meet-up, and the rest is history! You should contact whoever manages the healthy eating and Health Starts Here programs at your local store and see if they want a guest cooking hostess.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

I love custom bark. There is a chocolate shop here the does it and has all kind of funky mix ins (curry salt!). But thy charge way too much.

Love your nuts too.

Liz @ IHeartVegetables December 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Oh my gosh yummmm. I love making bark, and topping it with granola and sea salt. SO DELICIOUS!

And those nuts sound amazing. YUM!

Maria December 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Bahaha. I almost choked when I read “not my hands”. I don’t know why.

Allie December 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I’m making a bunch of spiced nuts this weekend–they are so simple and tasty, and yup, lots of room to experiment with different flavors. Doing some spicy ones for my dad and sweet ones to share at the office. And maybe some rosemary ones for me, that sounds tasty!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

I love spiced nuts…and I really love that they are butter free!!!

Fran@BCDC December 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

I can smell them roasting…now I’m drooling…

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