These candied nuts are always a huge hit at our house whether we are hosting guests for pre-dinner drinks a casual brunch. Plus, I love any kind of indulgent food that is rooted in a health food.
Here, we are talking walnuts! Walnuts are rich in healthy good-for-you fats, muscle building protein and belly filling fiber.
A perfect snack food and a great addition to almost any dish, walnuts really are a nutrition powerhouse. But if walnuts are not your favorite, any nut will do: cashews, peanuts or almonds would be excellent substitutes.
- egg whites
- brown sugar
- unsweetened coconut
Vanilla Coconut Walnuts
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- 1 cup walnut halves
- 2 egg whites beaten
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1. Pre heat oven to 325 degrees
- 2. In a medium bowl, coat walnuts with egg whites
- 3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, vanilla, spices and coconut
- 4. Combine walnuts and sugar mixture until well
- 5. Place walnuts on a tinfoil lined baking sheet and bake about 20-25 minutes, checking and shaking every 10 minutes, or until walnuts and coconut are toasted
- 6. Serve warm or let sit at room temperature to harden
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I especially like using whole walnut halves (as opposed to pieces or crushed walnuts) because they hold up nicely against the candy coating and because they are easy to handle -- who wants to serve messy appetizers or coffee table snacks?
We'd love to hear from you if you make this dish at home! Hope you enjoy...