Maple syrup and walnuts: 5-minute snack or salad topping

Maple Glazed Walnuts

I first made these Maple Glazed Walnuts last week. For some reason, making glazed walnuts seemed daunting to me. Doing something for the first time often is, I find. But as usual, I found that this was easier than I expected and totally worth the time to make!

These Maple Glazed Walnuts take just a few minutes to make (and disappear almost as quickly!). The nuts are tossed with a little butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup in a pan on the stove and turn into a deliciously sweet walnut snack or salad topper. (I'll be sharing a salad recipe using these walnuts in the next couple of days.)

Maple Glazed Walnuts

The first time I made Maple Glazed Walnuts, the children and I ate them almost before they had even cooled. Really, if you love walnuts or cinnamon or even just LIKE walnuts you will love these Maple Glazed Walnuts! I only like (not love) nuts but I couldn't stop eating these! Maybe I just love maple syrup... ;)

I got all my ingredients for this recipe at Costco. (Is that a surprise?) :) A 3-pound bag of walnut halves and pieces is $13.69, and that is about 12 cups of walnuts. I also get maple syrup at Costco for about $13/quart. I used to use honey as a sweetener in cooking, but now I really prefer maple syrup for savory dishes like stir fry, salads, etc. It has a light sweet flavor that we prefer over honey's stronger flavor. (I do still use honey in my wheat bread, challah, honey mustard salad dressing, and some other recipes.)

Some of my more recent recipes that use maple syrup are Maple Rosemary Bean Salad (a delicious salad created by a friend), Balsamic Maple Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower, and the dressing for my Strawberry Spinach Salad.

What are your favorite ways to use maple syrup outside the normal breakfast uses? :)

More recipes using nuts (I didn't realize I had so many!) :)

Comments

I love nuts too so I'm definitely going to have to try this! :)

The only recipe I seem to use maple syrup for is Cinnabon icing.

That reminds me... I have got to try your Cinnabons recipe one of these days!! :) I just need to get the vanilla pudding mix... :)

Still a breakfast recipe, sorry!

Since maple syrup is expensive and kids seem to leave a lake of syrup on their plates (maybe just MY kids are guilty of this), I stretch my maple syrup. We have pancakes at least once a week, so this saves me $$. Just make a simple syrup of 1 c. water and 1 c sugar (unhealthy CHEAP white sugar), cook for a minute until dissolved and stir in 1 c maple syrup and a few tablespoons of butter. The butter really adds to the flavor and texture. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for ease of rewarming.

I've made similar recipes and yes, they are very good! :)

mix yogurt and maple syrup in any proportions you like. Great topping. And don't shy away from full fat yogurt. It's tastier with less other added ingredients. Whole food - good for you!

I made maple syrup lemonade recently and LOVED it!

Maple syrup-sweetened lemonade sounds like a GREAT idea! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

These nuts are amazingly good! The smell of them cooking brought all of my children into the kitchen. My two year old said, "I like these beans!" They are sooo easy and SOOO delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

Oh, I'm so glad you all liked the nuts! They are like an easy "healthy" candy, right? ;) We all just love them. :)

Reading this made me think of your Cinnamon Crunch Granola because I altered it a little bit to make Maple Crunch Granola. I cut the brown sugar and water for the syrup in 1/2 and used Maple syrup for the other half. I also tried this with honey, but if I make honey granola again, I will use all honey because my kids said it didn't have enough honey flavor. Anyway, I don't usually like any cold cereal, but Cinnamon and Maple Crunch Granolas have been my staples for breakfast this past summer. I also love them with homemade yogurt and fruit!

Thanks for sharing so many great recipes with us. I really enjoy your site, whether I'm reading about food or your beautiful family.

Melinda

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