During the holidays we are faced with gatherings that have a variation of foods that others share, that we have to be careful with. Not knowing what one puts into their dishes, makes it so that the choices are slim. We are however, fortunate to not be allergic to nuts, so this is something I came up with today that is AMAZING!! Even my father’n law enjoyed this sweet treat.
The taste had a familiar flavor I at first could not place. Then, after the 2nd bite, I realized that it tasted very similar to Baklava. Yet, there is no pastry involved, which keeps it gluten free.
All you need for time is two hours!! Most of that time is with the ingredients in the crock pot, so you can keep yourself busy tending to other baking needs, chores, or simply relaxing 🙂
Great for holiday festivities, served in a beautiful dish, but also in tall, slender glass containers, forcing people to pour the mix into their hands, instead of having variation of hand germs dipping into the dish.
Okay, you might also enjoy this on camping trips, trail mix for hiking, summer outings and more. But I warn you, do not be left alone in the house with this in view. The temptation might ruin any attempt at staying fit 🙂
SLOW COOKED GLUTEN & MILK FREE HOLIDAY NUT MIX
Makes approximately 4 cups – If you double the recipe, but sure to double evenly with all ingredients!!
- 1 c honey roasted peanuts
- 1 c peeled/sliced almonds
- 1 c coconut flakes
- 1/3 c sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbls Earth Balance
- ½ c Craisins (I would have used raisins if I did not have the craisins on hand)
- ½ c Gluten/Milk Free Choc Chips (I used Enjoy baking chips, but I would also consider using Bakers Baking chunks)
- Combine nuts, coconut, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in your slow cooker.
- Top with 2 Tbsp Earth Balance (butter substitute).
- Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour.
- Stir, then cover and cook 30 more minutes on HIGH.
- Stir and spread out onto cookie sheet to cool
- Once cooled (give it about 30 min.) break into pieces.
- Stir in the craisins and chocolate pieces, and mix well.
- Either serve in a pretty serving dish, a slender glass serving container, or store in an airtight container.
Due to the sugar content, I would recommend sparingly making this delightful treat, but I do think it is a nice addition to any festivities where you are spending time together with others. People are more apt to take a smaller servings along with the other options provided at social gatherings. I will be bringing this along to our Thanksgiving family gathering this year!! There is a possibility that I might also make this as a gift to share with others, those who are not allergic and enjoy nuts.
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Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
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