Holiday Candied Nuts

{Candied Nuts}These cinnamony, sugary nuts are a holiday staple and also a sneaky way to pack on the pounds. Not too worry, my recipe gives you all the sugary warmth you love, with  less fat, less sugar and oh yeah a lot less guilt. 

By swapping out butter for egg whites, pecans for a mix of nuts, and sugar for Splenda sugar blend, you only add an additional 458 calories to your entire pound of nuts while simultaneously cutting down your fat.

Allow me to explain.

Nuts are a healthy fat and can be a great source of protein but it is imperative that they are portioned  properly. A typical portion of nuts is 10-12. I know, so few! This recipe usually calls for a pound of pecans which, as far as nutritional value goes, is the least healthy nut of them all. My recipe has 32 portions of 12 nuts (yes I actually counted them out), so there is only an additional 15 calories per serving added to your perfectly portioned assortment of 12! Plus, you also get a taste of your favorite pecans without overdoing them.

Ingredients: 1 pound of equal parts pecans, walnuts and almonds, 1 cup of Splenda sugar blend {for baking}, 1 tablespoon of Splenda brown sugar blend, 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Get It Cookin’:

  • Pre heat oven to 320 degrees.
  • In a bowl beat your egg whites with cinnamon.
  • In a large ziplock bag combine sugar & brown sugar.
  • Pour nuts into your egg whites and mix together so that they are fully coated.
  • Take your coated nuts and pour into the ziplock bag with sugar mixture.
  • Mix your nuts and sugar together until they are fully coated with sugar mix.
  • On a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or silpat) evenly distribute the nuts.
  • Put in oven for one hour, mixing every 15 minutes.
  • After the hour, crank oven up to 400 degrees for the final 20 minutes – give another mix after 10 just to make sure everything is evenly baked!

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