So, in my eternal quest to find a healthy, delicious, easy (duh) snack, I came this recipe on Elana’s Pantry. This a great site for those of you eat a special diet, like nut-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo, etc. Elana is amazing. Go check her out. I do not eat a special diet, although I am doing a “Paleo sorta thing” right now, as I am trying to eliminate grain.
So, I immediately went to Elana. She’s got great recipes for all kinds of special diets.
My biggest challenge right now is finding healthy snacks that are crunchy and satisfying. These fit the bill. I love the crunch of roasted walnuts and these were also sweet, and warmly spiced with vanilla and cinnamon and a hint of sea salt.
Give these a try for a heart healthy snack that really satisfies.
- Vanilla Roasted Walnuts
2 c. walnuts
1 Tbls olive oil
1 Tbls vanilla bean paste (or seeds from 2 vanilla beans)
2 Tbls agave syrup or honey (I used agave)
1/4 tsp sea salt
Dash of cinnamon
1.Place walnuts and oil in a cast iron skillet heat on high until you hear a sizzle, then turn heat down to medium low.
2. Toast walnuts a few minutes until they smell nice and nutty, make sure not to overdo them or they get bitter.
3. Add agave and vanilla bean paste and distribute around pan stirring, cook for a minute or two, then add salt and cinnamon