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A simple, but rich and chocolatey revamp of the typical spiced nuts that we all love this time of year. A light coating of dark chocolate covers nuts spiced with maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. A light dusting of cocoa takes these instant pot spiced nuts over the top without making them too sweet.
I’ve always like to put together amazing goodies this time of year and send them home with everyone in tins or little baggies. Way back in the day, those tins contained amazing cookies, puppy chow, things made with cereal, and more.
These days, I still put one together, but I don’t use refined sugars or diary and I try to keep them as low calorie as I can. The good news is, I am passing these out to people who really don’t care if they eat dairy, refined sugars or calories this time of year, and they still LOVE everything I pack into these.
From now until Christmas, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes for goodies to share with all your people. These goodie bags are great host/hostess gifts for any parties you’re going to this year! When sprouts put there bulk goods on sale, I ran out and got the major ingredients for these dark chocolate coated nuts.
Instant Pot Glazed Nuts
Whip out your Instant Pot, because I found another excuse to use it! The nuts are sautéed in the Instant Pot with some syrup, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until they’re all sticky and tender. Then they get pressure cooked on high for a quick 10 minutes.
Which Nuts are Best for Glazing?
Let’s talk about the nuts for a second. I used raw mixed nuts without peanuts. To be clear, this includes pecans, brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Feel free to use any nut combination that you like. I will say the pecans and almonds are sweeter, where the walnuts and hazelnuts are a bit more bitter.
Which Chocolate is Best For Coating?
Okay, I hate to sound like a broken record here, but you can choose how sweet you want your nuts here too. I have been enjoying very dark chocolate for quite some time now for the health benefits. I’ve become accustomed to having 85% cacao. Other people, however, may not dig the lack of sweetener or milk.
For company and goodie bags, I suggest 70% cacao. For my personal stash, I get the 85% cacao in the bulk bins at sprouts. I keep that on hand anyway because anything chocolate is life for me.
Quick and Easy Chocolate Coating
The nuts will need another 10 minutes in the oven (5 minutes per side). The chocolate goes straight on the nuts right when they come out of the 375-degree oven. Fold the nuts and chocolate together right on the baking sheet and dust with cocoa powder and salt to finish.
Cheap and Easy Host or Hostess Gifts
Far be it for me to call anything (or anyone) cheap and easy, but a cute little bag of these dark chocolate instant pot nuts fits the bill.
It’s probably not news to you that nuts can be expensive as hell. Or maybe I’m just cheap as hell, it’s really six in one hand, right? Anyway…I mentioned before I got these on sale at Sprouts. Before I get too far into what all these cost, keep in mind I do live in Texas. Groceries are a bit cheaper here.
How Cheap Are We Talking?
This whole project cost me about $15 to make, shopping grocery sales and getting these cute little treat bags and twine at the Dollar Tree. I put about 2 servings in each little bag, so we’re talking less than $2 per bag. Bring a decent bottle of wine and a bag or two of these and you’ll look awesome to your next party host.
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Instant Pot Dark Chocolate Spiced Nuts
What You Need
- 4 cups mixed nuts
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup shaved dark chocolate ((65-85% cacao))
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
How to Make It
Instant Pot Spiced Nuts
- Turn the Instant Pot onto saute. Add nuts, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Saute ingredients until pecans are tender (about 8 minutes). Stirring frequently to check the consistency of the syrup and nuts.
- When nuts become tender, press cancel on the sauté mode. Add 1/2 cup of water. Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees while pecans are cooking under pressure.
- When timer is up, quick release the pressure from the Instant Pot. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet and arrange in a single, even layer. Bake for 5 minutes, flip the nuts and roast for an additional 5 minutes.
For Chocolate Glaze
- After the nuts have finished roasting, remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with shaved dark chocolate and allow to melt for about 30-60 seconds before beginning to turn the nuts to evenly coat in chocolate. Once coated, sprinkle the nuts with remianing 1/2 teaspoon of salt and sift the cocoa over the top of the chocolate nuts. Turn or stir to coat in in the cocoa powder and sea salt.
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