Monday, February 3, 2014

We've Moved!

We've Moved!

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~Noel Clark, Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Open Arms of Minnesota

Monday, December 23, 2013

Weekly Recipe #146: Honey-Maple Roasted Nuts

By Samantha Iovino, University of Minnesota – The Emily Program Dietetic Intern

Honey-Maple Roasted Nuts

(Serves a holiday crowd!)

Photo Credit - Ryanready/Flickr

One of my favorite parts about going home during the holidays is visiting New York City! It’s only a 40 minute drive away from where my family lives in New Jersey and I always try to make a trip in at least once during my time home. The city is transformed in a winter wonderland during the holidays. Buildings are adorned with lights, mini Christmas tree markets pop up on the streets, and carolers are on every corner (along with dozens of Santa’s ringing bells!). 

It’s also the one time of year when I actually look forward to the smells of the city. The air is crisp and full of roasted chestnuts and honey roasted nuts! After ice skating in Central Park, I love to visit one of the infamous nut stands for a bag of honey roasted almonds (see above photo). They are sweet, toasty, crunchy, and warm! Plus, they are totally great for your heart, thanks to their monounsaturated fat content, and they are rich in fiber, magnesium, iron, and calcium. 

If you ever find yourself in NYC for the holidays, I highly suggest trying those roasted nuts! In the meantime, here is my adaptation of those magical roasted nuts! Enjoy and happy holidays!

  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. real maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 lb. mixed nuts
  • 2-3 tbsp. sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl or pot, combine honey, maple syrup, and butter. Microwave or heat on stove top until butter is melted.
  4. Add salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to mixture and stir.
  5. Place nuts in a large bowl, pour honey-maple mixture over nuts and toss to evenly coat nuts.
  6. Spread nuts on lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 6 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, toss again using a spatula, and place back in oven for 6 more minutes.
  8. Remove and pour into a new bowl, toss with 2-3 tbsp. sugar (enough to coat the nuts).
  9. Let nuts cool, stirring occasionally.
  10. Once nuts are completely cooled, serve in your favorite serving bowl and enjoy!