Who doesn’t love a great snack? I eat a snack every day and it’s a wonderful way to satisfy your hunger in between meals. There are four things I do every day in order to feel energized and vibrant. I drink a glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning, have a green smoothie for breakfast, do simple exercises to stay fit, and eat a yummy snack later in the day. I like to make sure that any snack I enjoy is both delicious and nutritious so I can feel good about eating it. My Maple Glazed Walnut Coconut Crunch recipe is sure to become one of your favorites especially if you love the combination of sweet and crunchy with a hint of salt.
I first created this recipe when my friend France from Beyond the Peel asked me to write a guest recipe post for her when she went on vacation to Vietnam last year. The recipe was for a pumpkin chia seed pudding and I topped it with this yummy crunch to take the recipe to the next level. After taking the Maple Glazed Walnut Coconut Crunch out of the oven, I couldn’t stop eating it! All the flavors really worked so well together and the crunch of the large coconut flakes and buttery walnuts along with the aromatic sweet flavors of maple, cinnamon, and vanilla created a delectable recipe that was so irresistible. Every since I enjoyed this recipe for the first time, I have been making it on a regular basis to eat as a healthy snack.
I made one minor change to the original recipe by adding a pinch of pink salt which adds another subtle flavor element to the recipe and enhances the sweetness too. I am a nut and seed lover and walnuts along with cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds are at the top of my list of nuts and seeds that I eat every week. This snack is good on its own or you can use it to top yogurt or chia puddings. I also like to pop up organic popcorn in coconut oil and add this crunch on top. Or if culinary inspiration strikes, you can make your own trail mix combo by adding other nuts, seeds, and dried fruit combinations like cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, raisins, or dried cherries to the mix, and then pat yourself on the back for being so creative with your snacking!
Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids that your body needs on a daily basis to fight inflammation and maintain vibrant health. Walnuts are also rich in protein, biotin, magnesium, manganese and copper. I used raw walnuts in this recipe because they are the best choice for baking.
Coconut is one of my favorite superfoods! Coconut has so many health benefits for the body and one of the most important health benefits is that it contains lauric and capric acid which are important medium chain fatty acids. These medium chain fatty acids have potent anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties which will protect your body and keep your immune system healthy. Medium chain fatty acids are also used by the body for energy rather than being stored as fat.
The unsweetened organic coconut flakes that are used in this recipe are made from coconut meat that is dried and shredded into flakes. Coconut meat is rich in potassium, manganese, copper, selenium, and fiber. Coconut meat, coconut oil, and coconut milk have all have potent anti-inflammatory properties along with helping protect the body against free radical damage.
Here are some of my favorite recipes using coconut:
Orange Coconut Yogurt
Chocolate Honey Coconut Butter-2 Ways
Chocolate Mint Tea Ice Cream
I hope this yummy maple glazed walnut coconut crunch becomes one of your new favorite snacks. What is your go-to healthy snack? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.
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Maple Glazed Walnut Coconut Crunch
Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes 2 ½ cups
½ cup organic maple syrup-grade B (my favorite brand)
¾ teaspoon organic Ceylon cinnamon (my favorite brand)
⅛ teaspoon Himalayan Pink salt (one of my favorite brands)
1 teaspoon pure organic vanilla extract (my favorite brand)
1 ½ cups raw walnut halves
1 cup unsweetened large coconut flakes
1. Preheat oven to 325˚ F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place maple syrup, cinnamon, pink salt, and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk with a fork or wire whisk to combine. Add walnuts to the bowl and stir to coat them completely with the syrup. Scoop walnuts out of bowl and spread out on the parchment lined baking pan.
3. Add coconut flakes to the remaining maple syrup mixture and stir to coat the coconut completely with the syrup. Spoon coconut onto the baking pan next to the walnuts and spread out on the baking pan.
4. Place the coated walnuts and coconut in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring several times while baking until the walnuts and coconut are lightly brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. Walnuts and coconut will become crunchy and dry as they cool. Store in a airtight container at room temperature.