Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Granola-Crusted Nuts

I love making snacky foods for cocktail hour or game watching parties and nuts are always a good choice. They are easy to eat, fun to make, adaptable, and almost everyone loves them, not to mention, they are always addicting.

Granola has been a long time favorite of mine and I am always making a new batch to keep around. These nuts could be consider granola and go in yogurt or they could be considered nuts and in a bowl, meant for snacking. I have eaten these nuts both ways and they are both delicious.

These were so simple to make, I made them for my sister-in-law's care package and Ethan ate them all before I could package them up, they were that good. I quickly whipped up another batch, I could not send off the package without these!

You can adapt these in so many ways. Feel free to try a different nut, like walnuts, you can also replace the pepitas with pistachio or sunflower seeds and you can switch out the dark brown sugar for light brown sugar. This recipe below was our favorite, find your favorite!
Source: Smitten Kitchen

3/4 cup of Rolled Oats
1/4 cup of Coconut, shredded and unsweetened
2 tablespoons of Pepitas
1/4 cup of Dark Brown Sugar
1/8 teaspoon of Cinnamon
Few pinches of Sea Salt
1 large Egg White
2 teaspoons of Water
2 cups of Pecan Halves

First, preheat your oven to 300 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper.

Now, place the oats, coconut, pepitas, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt in a food processor or blender and pulse until it is very well chopped, but not powdery.

Next, in a large bowl, beat the egg whites and water together until frothy. Add the pecans and coat well, you want the egg whites to get in between all of the cracks. Pour the granola mixture on top and give a big stir, one or two times. I found the more you stir, the granola does not stay on well. Pour the nuts onto your prepared baking sheet and spread any extra granola on top.

Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once around 10 minutes, the nuts may go up to 10 minutes longer if they do not look toasty enough, but be very careful, they could burn quickly.

Let the nuts cool on the baking sheet and then break into clusters and store in an airtight container.


Happy Cooking,
The Barbee Housewife

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