Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Honey Caramel Nuts (GAPS, no sugar, healthy snack)

I made a batch of these chewy little morsels this week, and decided that it was time to share their yumminess with everyone else!

As you know by now, we have a little man who is on a restricted (GAPS) diet, and it's pretty tricky to find some "treats" for him to have (always nice to have a special little treat when you come in from a rough day at kindergarten!).

These are perfect. They are sweetened with honey, super easy and quick to make, and the kids LOVE them!

They are chewy, 'caramelly' goodness! 

Finny couldn't wait to get his hands on them while I was trying to take a couple of photos! recipe (if you can call it that) is really simple.

You really can't mess them up (unless you burn them!). 

All you need is a bag of raw organic pecans (or almonds, cashews....whatever nut you like, actually!) approx. 2 cups, about 1/4 cup of butter and about 1/2 cup of raw honey (I sometimes add a little splash of organic vanilla extract at the end).

Just put all of the ingredients in a frying pan (I use a le Creuset cast iron pan because I find it works the best), on medium heat, and let it all bubble up, while mixing constantly. Don't stop mixing or it will burn. If you want to do a quick job and turn the heat up, be extra careful because it will burn quite quickly if you stop mixing. Let it boil for about 3 minutes, while mixing/coating the nuts. Remove from the heat and spoon the hot mixture (watch is VERY hot, and will burn your skin if you splash a little!..been there, done that) into a parchment paper lined pan, or little parchment paper mini muffin cups (I prefer to use the muffin cups because they're then in little snack-sized clusters, and don't have to be cut up).

Let them cool in the freezer for a couple of minutes, and you're done!  I keep these in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or so, in a sealed container. 

Enjoy! :)


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