It’s that time of year and we are all scrambling to do all the right things…decorate the house, buy all the gifts, make all the food, etc. That’s why I’m telling you the 3 Reasons You Need To Make These Super Crunchy Bar Nuts – it’s going to help you with many of your holiday problems.
Let me tell you what the 3 Reasons You Need To Make These Super Crunchy Bar Nuts are:
- they are the easiest treat to make which you can package up and give away as fabulous gifts
- it’s way cheaper than going out to buy nuts and wrap them as gifts
- you can make a double (or triple) batch and have them around to feed your guests throughout the entire holiday season!
What Will You Need to Make These Bar Nuts:
- variety of nuts
- cayene pepper
And, you can certainly package them up in cellophane bags but I had a better idea.
I found these cute re-fillable Christmas ornaments at the dollar store and I’ve used them for so many things – both edible and inedible. But, filled with this mix, it’s adorable isn’t it??
I was harvesting the last of my honey from my bees and was thinking about other ways to use it in all of its glory, and then I remembered this…my honey butter (you can find the recipe here)
But, the thought of making honey-coated nuts kept coming back to me. I love making candied nuts and there are a ton of recipes out there that have sugar-based nut recipes out there (like this one by Hungry By Nature) which are all delicious. But, seeing as I have a boatload of honey right in my backyard, I figured I’d use it!!
6 Amazing Health Benefits of Honey:
- Make your own healthy, rehydrating sports drink. Add a spoonful of raw honey and protein powder, and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt to a glass of spring water, stir vigorously, and drink to replace electrolytes, increase energy, and athletic performance.
- Need to soothe a minor sunburn? Try this relieving remedy. Mix ½ cup of honey and 1 cup of milk. Apply the mixture to the sunburned area. Leave on as long as possible to ease the pain and to prevent skin from peeling. Reapply as needed to ease discomfort and to promote healing. Severe sunburn can produce swelling, blisters, nausea, fever, and chills. Seek professional medical attention if these symptoms arise.
- Healing salve for minor burns, cuts, or scrapes. Applied topically, honey is a natural antiseptic, containing 3 powerful wound-healing components: sugar, hydrogen peroxide, and propolis. The nectar-based compound propolis kills bacteria, while hydrogen peroxide disinfects. The sugar absorbs moisture, creating an environment in which bacteria cannot survive. Another plus, as the honey dries, it forms a natural bandage.
- Eating unfiltered, unheated, raw honey produced within your area, (50-mile radius or less) is like receiving a natural anti-allergy shot! Quercetin, a component of honey, has been found in studies to reduce inflammation and pollen allergy symptoms. It stabilizes the cell membranes that release histamine, which triggers allergic reactions. Raw honey also contains bee pollen and bee propolis, which boosts the immune system, and builds immunity to allergens.
- Cough suppressant – Mix apple cider vinegar and honey to taste in a small glass jar. Take a tablespoon as often as needed to relieve minor coughs, colds, and sore throats.
- Promote relaxation and restful sleep. Take a spoonful of raw honey at bedtime.
How Can You Use These Bar Nuts?
- as a savoury granola
- as a side dish on your charcuterie board
- as a topping on your salad in place of croutons
- roll your holiday cheeseballs in this mixture for a pretty presentation
- wrapped up nicely to give away as gifts
So, I hope I’ve convinced you that these 3 reasons you Need to make these super crunchy bar nuts are enough to get you to make it! It literally takes minutes to prepare and your friends and family will absolutely love them!!
Honey Bar Nuts
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 cups mixed nuts I used a mix of smaller nuts in order to fit into my fillable ornament but you can use any combination of nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios and cashew nuts.
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat, melt butter and honey until the butter is melted and is combined with honey, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon.
- To the saucepan, add nuts and cayenne pepper and coat the nuts with the butter and honey mixture.
- Pour the warmed honey/nut mixture on the prepared baking sheet and spread them in a single layer.
- Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes until the nuts are golden brown in color, stirring them once or twice so that they roast evenly on all sides.
- Remove from the oven and let the nuts cool down for 2-3 hours so that they are not sticky anymore.
- Transfer them to an airtight container and store them at room temperature for a week (you can also freeze for up to 6 months).