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Maple syrup is one of my favorite ingredients. Until I started dating my Vermont-born husband 13 years ago, I don’t think I had ever tried real maple syrup. Growing up in New Jersey, Mrs. Butterworth’s was all I knew.
Now that I focus on real food ingredients for our treats, I’ve come to appreciate maple syrup even more. It adds a more complex flavor to sweet treats than white sugar ever did. This snack mix is a great example of how maple syrup can really transform a group of simple ingredients into a delicacy. It makes a great appetizer or holiday gift.
Maple Nut Snack Mix
- 3 1/2 cups unsalted nuts (e.g. pistachios, walnuts, cashews)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tbs water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat pretzels
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Place the nuts in a slow cooker. In a small bowl, stir together the syrup, salt, coconut oil, water, and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the nuts.
- Cook the nuts on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. They’re done when the liquid has been absorbed and the nuts begin to turn brown. (Alternately, you could roast the nuts in the oven if you don’t have a slow cooker.)
- Transfer the nuts to a foil-lined baking sheet to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the nuts, pretzels, and dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Maple Nut Snack Mix Price Breakdown
This recipe yields 8 cups of maple nut snack mix, or 24 servings. The total cost is $9.15, or $.38 per serving. This is the perfect thing to munch on at a holiday party, and it makes a great gift too.