Prep time: 5 minutes / Cook time: 2 to 3 hours on low
Walnuts are loaded with health benefits and are the perfect snack to
include in a heart-healthy diet. Although they are calorie-dense,
small portions of walnuts are satisfying, especially if slow cooked
with a maple glaze. This recipe is lower in sugar than traditional
candied walnuts yet even more delicious because the slow-cooking
process allows the maple syrup to caramelize.
Makes 4 cups
1 pound shelled walnut halves
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook
on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring once or twice during cooking to
make sure the walnuts remain coated.
2. Spread the nuts across parchment paper to cool.
3. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container in the
refrigerator for 2 to 3 months or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Per Serving (¼ cup): Calories: 213; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Trans
Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol:
0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrates: 7g; Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 4g
VARIATION TIP: If you don’t like walnuts simply replace them with
your favorite nut, such as pecans or almonds. You could also add dried
cranberries for more of a trail mix–type snack.