Christmas may be over, but the festive season is still going, and now we all have New Year’s Eve to look forward to! I love ringing in the new year with lots of family and friends around, and that usually means entertaining.
For any New Year’s Eve get-together, I like to serve a lot of small snacks and appetizers so people can nibble throughout the evening (and soak up all that champagne!). This year while I was planning my menu, I decided it would be great to have these homemade candied nuts around for people to snack on. Traditionally, candied nuts are full of processed sugar, so I took a healthier spin on them and made them with coconut sugar instead — And they turned out great!
What I also really like about this recipe is that it is made on the stovetop, and can be done in about 15 minutes. These nuts are a fantastic thing to make ahead of time and they store really well, so it takes some of that day-off prep pressure off. In fact, I found that they were even better the next day because it gave the nuts time to harden.
You can also feel free to customize what nuts you use. I chose to use almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans — But you can add or omit any nuts you want.
Let me know if you guys try making these for your New Year’s Eve party, I would love to know how they turn out!
Healthy Homemade Candied Nuts | Total time 15 mins
- 3 cups raw nuts of choice — I used almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 cup of coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- In a large skillet over medium heat on the stovetop, combine the sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut sugar and water.
- Mix all ingredients, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add in your nuts, and stir constantly until the nuts are well coated and start to crystalize.
- Remove the skillet from the heat, and let it sit for 2 minutes.
- Place all the nuts on plates, and let the remaining liquid pour on to the plate. Using a wooden spoon, separate the nuts so that none of them are in clusters.
- Let the nuts sit on the plates for an hour, and then remove them and place into an airtight container. Store until you are ready to serve.