Making an edible gift is not only economical, but also a creative way to show your recipient that you truly care and took the time and energy to create something thoughtful. For your nut-loving friends, look no further than maple chipotle nuts, my go-to gift for friends and family.
maple chipotle nuts
Makes 7 1/2 cups
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 cups raw unsalted cashews
2 cups raw unsalted walnut halves
2 cups raw unsalted pecan halves
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons maple sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh lemon peel (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
4 tbsps minced fresh rosemary leaves
Sea salt to taste
Combine nuts, oil, maple syrup, sugar, juice, and spices on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Toss to combine. Top with two tablespoons minced rosemary and a light dusting of salt. Spread nuts out evenly and roast at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Stir nuts every 10 minutes. Remove from oven, finish with remaining rosemary, and toss again. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nuts can be stored in airtight containers or packaged in mason jars or small bags.
If placing in a mason jar, I like to stuff a few rosemary leaves on the top for color contrast and added aroma.