It never happens.
So, I've taken things into my own hands and come up with a wonderfully Christmassy version of sugar coated nuts....made with Coconut Sugar rather than refined sugar.
As I explain on my Sugar Alternatives page, Coconut Sugar is made by tapping the stems of the coconut palm, extracting the sap, and then dehydrating it at very low temperatures. This minimal amount of processing produces a nutrient and mineral-rich product with a great toffee-like taste. It has a low GI (about 35, compared with refined sugar's 68), providing a slow energy release for your body. It's also a very sustainable product- once a stem is tapped, it flows for the next 20 years. You can use it measure-for-measure to replace sugar in baking.
Coating the nuts with egg white produces a crispy-crunchy coating and the spices I've used just scream 'Christmas' to me...I hope you love them as much as I do!
- 500g (1 pound) mixed nuts. Choose your favourite mix or just one type of nut- it's up to you! I use 100g macadamias, 200g cashews, 200g almonds. You can use raw, or activated, or roasted nuts...whatever you're into!
- 2 large egg whites
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (you could also use rapadura)
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350F).
- Line a large baking tray/cookie sheet with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites with the cinnamon and cloves and coconut sugar until all are just incorporated and there are no lumps. A hand whisk or fork is fine- no need to use electric beaters.
- Add the nuts and stir until the nuts are evenly coated.
- Spread evenly over the lined baking tray, making sure the nuts are in one layer.
- Place tray in the oven at a level as far away from the element or gas as possible (my oven has gas at the base so I place the tray on the top shelf).
- Back for 18-20 minutes, ensuring the nuts have a crisp coating but are not burning.
- Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
- Serve them for Christmas nibbles or pop them in little jars and give them gifts.
- For other Christmas food ideas, scroll through the list here.
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