We live in a world full of contrary situations. One of the most striking of these, in my opinion, is the Christmas/New Year season. People are full of indulgence and decadence during the last days of the year, and then as soon as the year is over they decide to eat healthier, exercise more, and, in general, leave off their old unsavory habits. The common denominator here is, obviously, food. Rich and unhealthy during the Christmas season, light and nutritious conforming to New Year’s Resolutions’ standards. Human nature is truly baffling sometimes.
And yet, many of us wouldn’t have it any other way. Who doesn’t love all the cookies, cakes, and candy we have come to associate with Christmas? Who doesn’t look forward to the baking and what it produces? But still, who doesn’t, immediately in the wake of this celebratory mood, feel like dropping a few pounds and heading to the gym?
I, for one, am an advocate for moderation. Don’t get greedy over your food, and don’t spend all of your free time at the gym. Gluttons and fitness freaks alike need to find balance. Some people try to find this balance by trying to eat healthfully during the Christmas season, avoiding the multitude of treats or making “low-calorie” ones. My words of wisdom? That ain’t happening.
There is no way I would miss out on the full-sugar, supreme-o calorie sweets that come around during Christmastime. But because I like moderation, here is a holiday recipe for you with NO SUGAR!!! I’ll be honest; I’m totally bragging here. I invented this recipe. It’s creation is solely from my very own teenaged wacko brain. Who knew agave could be so caramel-ish? Who new amazing things would happen if you heated it? Well…I didn’t know but I guessed…hoped… and yeah, you’re welcome.
And it turned out just fine 🙂
Cinnamon Nectar Nuts
1/2 c. water
3/4 c. agave nectar
1 T. cinnamon
3 c. almonds
1/4 t. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and butter the foil. Set aside.
Combine water and agave nectar in a medium frying pan. Add cinnamon and salt and stir until fully incorporated. Add almonds. cook over medium heat until water is nearly evaporated and mixture is thick. (7-10 minutes). Pour nuts onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out and flip/stir nuts around. Bake for an additional 6 minutes. Let cool.
Notes: When spreading the nuts on the pan, try to separate them as much as possible as this will facilitate things later on. Keep stirring the nuts as they cool so that they don’t clump together.
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