My entire family loves these sweet nuts! Whenever I make a batch many get nibbled before they make it to their intended dish, which is usually a salad, but they are awesome on sweet potatoes or winter squash as well. The salad at the bottom is one of our go-to dishes to bring to family gatherings, and small group get-togethers.
3 cups whole or chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons water
½ cup pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange juice (about 1 clementine worth)
Preheat oven to 325.
Combine ingredients in a heavy saucepan (I love using cast iron for this recipe). Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Spread onto a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt (if desired). Bake for 10 min stirring after 5 min to avoid burning.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan. Enjoy!
Spinach or Kale
Combine all ingredients toss and enjoy, or serve all ingredients separately to allow your guests to customize to their preferences.
*For a more summery variation swap apples and Craisins for strawberries, and swap parmesan for feta. Top with a dressing of your choice, I love poppy seed dressing with both variations!