Nuts in their raw form is the healthiest choice. Many of the roasted nuts that you find in the supermarkets are usually roasted in harmful oils at high heats, making them rancid. This processing loosing the many benefits that raw nuts have to offer.  Almonds contain potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin E. Hazelnuts contain vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc. These vitamins and minerals are in different ratios in the hazelnuts than they are in almonds, but you still get some of the same nutrients. Hazelnuts can also help lower cholesterol levels. This recipe adds some pizzaz to raw nuts and still keeps it a healthy choice. I always make these when I travel as they are so easy to pack along and eat on the plane.

Carol’s Candied Nuts

3 c. raw nuts of choice – almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc.
1/4 c. raw honey
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. whole cane sugar

Place nuts in a skillet and cook over low-medium heat, stirring frequently until nuts are a lightly toasted. In a bowl mix honey, butter and cinnamon. Mix in the nuts until all the nuts are coated with the honey mixture. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. When you take the nuts out of the oven sprinkle with topping. Cool and enjoy.