How To: Snack Healthy – Granola Crusted Walnuts

DSC04270I don’t have much to say about this recipe, except that as I am typing this blog post, I am wiping away stray granola crumbs that have fallen all over my keyboard as I can not stop munching on this addictive snack.

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And because it is so easy to make, I really don’t need to worry about the fact that my supply is running low. These granola crusted nuts take your traditional nutty granola recipe and turn it on it’s head and ensure you get a satisfying crunchy walnut with every bite.

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Just like our quinoa granola, the use of an egg white to bind everything together eliminates the need for any additional oil. And with just a 1/4 cup of brown sugar, you can feel good about having this with some yogurt and fruit for a healthy breakfast too.

And along with our delicious crostini apps, these nuts can help further eliminate your holiday food stress and serve as a delicious holiday gift or party nibble.

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DSC04271Healthy snack, healthy breakast, party nibble, and host/hostess gift?? What can’t these addictive nuts do??

Dara

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Granola Crusted Walnuts

Meal type Breakfast, Snack
Website Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tbsp roasted, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 Tsp salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Cups walnuts

Note

These nuts are great for breakfast mixed in with yogurt or as a snack on the go. Pecans would be a great substitute for walnuts if you have those on hand.

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a food processor, combine oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until finely chopped but not too powdery. (ie. it shouldn't look like flour)
3. In a large bowl, whisk egg white and water together until frothy. Add walnuts and toss to coat. Add oat mixture and toss again until evenly coated.
4. Spread nuts on baking sheet. You will have extra oat mixture that doesn't stick - that's ok! Just add it to the baking sheet with the walnuts.
5. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir nuts and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until brown. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

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