5 Ingredients + 10 minutes to make nutty, salty, mapley clusters = YES PLEASE!
Saturday: I awoke by sitting bolt up right in bed and shrieking, SNOW!? Terror. Even though I live in Toronto, where we spend almost half the year covered in snow, the first flakes are always a shock. The day didn't get much better from there, disappointing waffles, and a failed sweet potato pie. -Pie crust, you are my nemesis- The day was pretty much a wreck and left me pouting around the house. (I'm not at all a baby or over dramatic or anything).
Sunday: Daylight savings time gave me an extra hour to sleep in, I woke up to a beautiful sunny day, and enjoyed a super creamy soy latte while I created these Salted Caramel Maple Nut Clusters. Not only did these bad boys work out shockingly perfect (like really, it's kind of shocking that they stick together like they do), but they were delectably crunchy, sweet and salty. I went for a long, crisp walk on the beach (yes, beach and snow are in the same story), and then I created another successful recipe of Creamy Potato Soup, Sunday was looking mighty fine. Sunday, we can be friends.
Two more exciting things happened this week, it's hard to beat the excitement of Maple Nut Clusters, but here we go, exciting thing number one: I officially became a published author!
Something I never thought I would be. Like really, never. I'm not a fan of writing, or English, or speaking. I think speaking is my second language, not sure what the first is. My high school English teacher Mr. Mason, even wrote on my report card "Samantha is the best actor in our English class". Well, at least I was good at acting like I was good at English... right?
I realized that when I started writing about something I love → vegan food ← It's not only super fun, but kind of my favourite thing ever. So here I stand, (well sitting currently) all published and proud. You can check out my article (originally seen here) on How to Cut a Mango in the latest issue of Healthy Juicing Magazine.
Exciting thing number 2: I'm featured as a a Cooking Superstar (I'm blushing), on Cut Out + Keep. So thank you Cat for selecting me to be part of this! I'm even interviewed like a famous person might be. I feel fancy. You can read my interview here.
Speaking of fancy, did I mention Salted Caramel Maple Nut Clusters? Let's get back to what's most important in life, sugary treats.
Let's get cooking!
Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
Choose whatever nuts you like. It could be all one type of nut, or a mixture, just so long as it makes 1 cup.
Chop up your nuts if they aren't already.
Now add the maple syrup, chili powder (if using), vanilla extract, and salt in a bowl.
Mix it all up!
Line a muffin tin with parchment or silicone muffin liners, or use a silicon muffin pan. (Regular paper liners will stick).
Divide the mixture evenly among the cups, making sure that the maple syrup liquid is about the same in each cup. You might look down and think, there is now way these nuts are ever going to cluster, but just pat them down with a spoon and trust me on this.
Pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes. The maple syrup will be boiling when you take them out. Sprinkle a bit of flake salt on each one (optional), then let them cool a bit. Pop them in the fridge to finish firming up (just speeds up the process). Store in an air tight container. They will be crunchy the first day, and if they make it to the second day, the will begin to soften up and become chewier. Try to be nice and share with friends. Make no promises.
Salted Caramel Maple Nut Clusters
- 1 cup nuts of choice (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews), chopped
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon chili powder, (optional)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Couple pinches of flake salt, (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Line a muffin tin with parchment, or silicone muffin liners or use a silicon muffin pan. (Regular paper muffin liners will stick).
- Add the nuts, maple syrup, chili powder if using , vanilla extract, and ⅛ teaspoon (or a small pinch) of salt in a bowl and mix it up. Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin cups, making sure that the maple syrup liquid is about the same in each cup. lightly pat down each cluster with a spoon.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. The maple syrup will be boiling when you take them out. Sprinkle a bit of flake salt if using on each one, then let cool completely before enjoying.
Wow! These are delicious! So easy to make. Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely be making these again!
Easy, fast and amazing! Will definitely do it often and keep that in mind for Christmas! 🙂 Thanks!
Sam Turnbull says
So happy you loved it, Claudia 🙂
I made these with walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and dried cranberries. They were great!! I can see this will be a new "go to" recipe when I need something quick and easy - and it's so versatile!!
Thanks for another winner!!
Sam Turnbull says
You're most welcome, Eve. Glad you enjoyed them!
Denise Moody says
So, didn't see how there's Carmel in these...maybe maple nut clusters, but no Carmel...disappointed
Sam Turnbull says
So sorry to hear that. The caramel refers to the crunchy caramel flavoured candy coating.
I'm thinking of making these soon and I have one question - would they still be good if I substituted some of the nuts for pretzels? They look amazing!
Sam Turnbull says
Hmmm... my concern is that they might get soggy, since they are baked in a hot liquid. You are welcome to try it of course, but I am not too sure how that would turn out. Enjoy!