This festive mix incorporates your favourite seasonal flavours, infused with warming cinnamon and brandy, agave, and fragrant citrus all combined with the crunchy goodness of almonds.
Serves: 6 -8
Prep/cook time: 10 minutes
- 200 g almonds
- 125 g dried mixed fruit (such as raisins, currants, sultanas, cranberries)
- 50 g candied lemon and orange peel, chopped
- 1 tbsp brandy or orange juice
- Finely grated zest and juice 1 orange
- 2 tsp ground mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp agave
- Place the dried fruit and mixed peel in a bowl and pour over the brandy. Stir until the fruit is completely coated and leave to one side to allow the flavour to develop
- If you’re opting against a boozy festive treat, substitute the brandy for orange juice for a zesty natural sweetness
- Place the orange zest, juice, spices, and agave in a large non -stick frying pan, bring to the boil, stirring continuously, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes
- Add the almonds and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously until the nuts are coated in the spices and the liquid has reduced
- Pour the warm nuts over the fruit you have set aside, stir well and allow to cool
- Store extra servings in an airtight container to enjoy when the festive food cravings kick-in
New research today reveals that 80% of Brits find themselves saying no to things to make them happy. Young people are now suffering from ‘Modern Guilt’ finding it hard to strike a balanced lifestyle.
59% of Brits regularly feel guilty snacking between meals with 18-24 year olds being the quickest to say no to a snack. With snacking cropping up as the second thing we’re most likely to sacrifice.
Registered Dietitian Lucy Jones, says you can have it both ways and you can snack and be healthy and happy. In fact a simple snack of almonds is key to hitting your daily nutritional needs. “A little bit of what you fancy does you the world of good. By not restricting ourselves from what we enjoy, it can help us physically and psychologically.”