Maple vanilla mixed nuts are the perfect snack food. Mixed nuts have always been on list of my go to favorite snacks. The fat from the nuts helps keep me full for hours and the maple vanilla flavor helps satisfy my sweet tooth without me going overboard.
Whoever said candied nuts were just for the holidays was crazy! These nuts are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and stevia and the sweetened is intensified by the addition of salt. Sweet, salty, and crunchy – those are the flavors and textures I crave in the afternoon, and these maple vanilla mixed nuts satisfy all of those cravings!
I’ve got to say, these maple vanilla mixed nuts are perfect for when you have company over or to pack in your lunch box to get through your afternoon. These nuts are also great chopped up and added to your favorite yogurt or sprinkled in granola with some fresh fruit. The maple vanilla flavor would also pair well with dried fruit to make a classic trail mix extraordinary!
I was hoping to chop some of these nuts up and add them to a big spinach salad, but I’m not going to lie, I didn’t have the chance to try these nuts any other way than right out of the jar. They are just a tad bit addicting. I did share with Dave though, so that is better than some of the other recipes I make on the blog like the cinnamon raisin peanut butter or the sweet potato protein bites. 😉
I chose to use mixed nuts because I really love the variety they bring. From peanuts to almonds to cashews, I’m always changing up what my favorite nut is to munch on. Mixed nuts are great because I find myself eating slower since I’m picking my way through the nuts, deciding on what to eat next and taking the time to taste my food.
Mixed nuts are a great option for snacking! They are full of fiber and low in carbs. I’m certainly not on the no carb train, but do find that if I snack on just carbs in the middle of the day, I’m hungry almost immediately. The fat and protein in the nuts helps satisfy my hunger and therefore, I end up eating less overall.
Mixed nuts are a very calorie dense food though, so you should do yourself a favor and pre-portion out these maple vanilla mixed nuts into 1 ounce portions, or you could easily go overboard on your snacking!
Did you know that mixed nuts are full of unsaturated fats? One ounce has about 13 grams of heart healthy unsaturated fat! It’s great to pair nuts with fruits and veggies, as remember, some vitamins found in fruits and veggies are only fat soluble, and you miss your chance to absorb these vitamins without fat present!
Make sure you have a baking sheet (affiliate link) with sides as the nuts tend to like to slide everywhere!
Buy quality nuts and vanilla extract! I like to get a bag of unsalted mixed nuts from Trader Joe’s or check out the bulk bins at Whole Foods or Earthfare for deals but have had luck buying online as well! Vanilla extract – spend the money and make sure it’s not imitation since it’s a star ingredient!
Maple Vanilla Mixed Nuts
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut sugar, 1/2 tbs. maple syrup, 1 egg white, stevia and vanilla extract.
- Add in the mixed nuts and stir until nuts are evenly coated.
- Sprinkle the fleur de sel over the nuts
- Pour nuts onto parchament paper and make sure they are evenly distributes, none of the nuts in big piles.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350.
- Take out of the oven. Add the other 1/2 tbs. maple syrup and stir.
- Allow to cool before tasting.
What about you?
- Do you snack or are you a 3 meals a day only person?
- Do you like mixed nuts or do you prefer to snack on only one at a time?
- What is your go to snack lately?