Spiced nuts are so quintessential December aren’t they? Toasty nuts, loads of sugar, and cinnamon practically scream holidays. Their alluring aroma penetrates every corner of every mall in America while Christmas music fills the air. Puts you in the holiday spirit doesn’t it?
But let’s face it. Very few foods this month will help you stay healthy. Sugary treats abound, and those nuts are no different. I mean, it’s right there in the name: Cinnamon SUGAR Spiced Nuts! Now, I’ve found a way to make those tasty little morsels without any refined sugar, and they taste every bit as yummy as those mall nuts. These Healthy Spiced Nuts will be your new go-to for gifting and snacking!Jump to Recipe
How To Make Spiced Nuts
Not only are these spiced nuts healthy, they’re easy, too! I don’t like difficult things! 😉
I start with dates, and puree them up with hot water. If you’re not using a high speed blender, you will want to soak the dates in hot water for about 30 minutes before using them.
Then toss the nuts with the date sauce, cinnamon and cloves, spread on a baking sheet, and bake for about 45 minutes. By the way, they probably won’t get crispy while in the oven, but will as they cool. Careful not to burn them!
Are Spiced Nuts Healthy?
Yes. But what makes them so healthy? First, the nuts themselves. I used pecans. While pecans are high in calories, they owe it mostly to their high fat content, most of which is Monounsaturated fat (the most heart-healthy kind!). Pecans are also an excellent source of manganese, with smaller amounts of copper, magnesium, and thiamin.
Dates are one of my favorite substitutes for refined sugar. Dates are a great source of fiber (a serving of these nuts has 15% of your daily value!!) and other nutrients, while refined sugar has none of that. Plus, dates taste a little like caramel, so they add to what you’re making! Read more about dates and why I love them so much in my Heart Healthy Chocolate Date Sauce post!
These healthy Holiday Spiced Nuts make the perfect gift or candy dish filler! If you try them, let me know how you love them!
Holiday Spiced Nuts
Spiced nuts are the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And with this version, you won't put your loved ones in a sugar coma!
- 1 cup Dates
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cups raw Pecan Halves (or another nut you like)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Cloves
Make date sauce: Combine dates and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and pour the water and dates into a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. You will need 1 cup of this date sauce for this recipe. Date sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine 1 cup date sauce with the rest of the ingredients and stir week.
Turn out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out as much as possible.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 45-60 minutes, stirring periodically. Watch closely as the end of the cooking time approaches so they don’t burn. They crisp up when they cool.