Holiday Season has officially started! You will be visiting friends and family and if you don’t want to show up empty handed, we have a great DIY gift idea for you! Cookie Mix in a Jar! We like the below recipe as the ingredients look really pretty when stacked in the jar 🙂 Just get a 1 liter (1 quart) jar, fill it up with the ingredients below, and make it pretty with a nice ribbon 🙂 We call it Holiday in a Jar!
HOLIDAY IN A JAR
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecan
- Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed.
- Attach a tag with the following instructions:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter (softened), brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 egg and 1 tea spoon of vanilla. Combine the flour and baking soda; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the white chocolate chips, cranberries, and pecans. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. For best results, take them out while they are still doughy. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
The weather is getting colder so we thought warm oatmeal cookies would be a great idea. Here is a simple recipe that we love and hope you enjoy!
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup regular oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1 Preheat oven to 350º.
2 Place granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
3 Lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour, oats, salt and egg to mixture; beat well. Stir in walnuts.
4 Drop by level tablespoons, 1 1/2 inches apart, onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350º for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
5 Remove from oven; let stand 2 minutes.
6 Remove cookies from baking sheet; serve warm. Enjoy!
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are planning to cook for Thanksgiving, we are sure you have already started planning out what your menu is going to look like. Since we are all about nuts, we would like to help you with your dessert choice. Pecan Pie is our favorite desert, and we love the below recipe since it has less sugar than most of the pecan recipes out there.
- 1 9-inch pie shell
- 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped (you can save a few whole pecan halves for decoration if you would like)
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 4 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl mix together the eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, melted butter, vanilla, salt, until smooth.
2 Spread the chopped pecans over the bottom of a frozen pie shell. Pour the filling over the pecans. (If you have reserved a few whole pecan halves, dip them below the filling so they get coated with the filling.)
3 Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes cover the pie with aluminum foil to prevent the crust and pecans from getting too browned. Bake for another 40 to 50 minutes until the filling has set.
4 Remove from oven and let it cool completely.
We hope you enjoy your delicious pie. Stay tuned for more recipes!
If you would like to read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pecan_pie
We came across a huge cranberry bog when we were walking by Rockefeller Center couple days ago, and we thought “why not writing about cranberries this week?”.
If you live in New York or planning a visit to New York, make sure you stop by this temporary bog set up by Ocean Spray next year as it was only there for two days this year. This year was the 11th time Ocean Spray had this set up in the Big Apple !! Every year people visit their bog and learn about the taste, health and heritage of the cranberry from third-, fourth- and sixth-generation Ocean Spray® growers. This year, Ocean Spray was celebrating its 85th anniversary by reflecting on its rich history, and celebrating newly emerging trends!
From its unique taste to its rich heritage and long history of health benefits, the cranberry holds lots of secrets worth sharing. As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content and are often referred to as a “super food.” Not to mention, half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories!
The possible health benefits of consuming cranberries include lowered risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure and more.
So enjoy your cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving and think about all the benefits you are getting. Maybe this may make you feel better about yourselves after eating that big meal 🙂
Here is our first product to review: Almonds!!!
Let’s give you a little background for this powerful nut. The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe, and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States. Today, the United States is the largest producer in the world.
We say they are very powerful as they are packed with lots of nutrients. Almonds are a source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and high quality protein. Almonds also contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids as well as dietary fiber and antioxidants.
Stated below are some of the verified benefits of this tasty, crunchy wonder of nature:
- Healthy Hearth: Almonds contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids in addition to a lot of bioactive molecules (such as fiber, phytosterols, vitamins, other minerals, and antioxidants) which can help prevent cardiovascular heart diseases. Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and also reduces the risk of heart diseases, while the presence of magnesium in almonds can help avoid heart attacks.
- Healthy Brain: Almonds also contain two vital brain nutrients, riboflavin and L-carnitine, which have been shown to increase brain activity, resulting in new neural pathways and a decreased occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. Many mothers give almonds to their children every morning as they have long been considered an essential food item for growing children
- Strong Immune System: Almonds are great sources for alkali materials, and this is known to benefit the strength of the immune system, as well as increase the ability to stave off diseases and various health conditions.
- Weight Management: The mono-unsaturated fat contained in almonds satisfies appetite and prevents over-eating. The dietary fiber in almonds also contributes to the sensation of being full, despite eating only a small amount. Studies have revealed that an almond-rich, low calorie diet is good for obese people to assist in shedding their excess weight.
- Protection against Diabetes: Almonds also help to reduce the reactionary rise in glucose and insulin levels after meals. This modulation offers protection from the dangerous spikes in blood sugar which diabetics often suffer from following a large meal, or a meal with an unexpectedly high level of sugar in it.
- Healthy Bones and Teeth: Phosphorous in almonds can have a considerable impact on the strength and durability of bones and teeth, while also preventing the onset of age-related conditions like osteoporosis.
- Regulated Blood Pressure: The potassium present in almonds helps to regulates blood pressure, and almonds are very low in sodium, which helps to control fluctuating blood pressure
- Healthy Pregnancy: Almonds contain folic acid, which helps reduce the incidence of birth defects in newborn babies. It also stimulates healthy cell growth and tissue formation
What else can we say? There are many other benefits, we have only mentioned a few above. So what are you waiting for? Just grab a pack of almonds and enjoy the health benefits on the side.
The Nutbox started out as a little store along the eclectic Smith Street in Brooklyn, New York. Currently we have 2 locations – Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Avenue, New York) and Upper West Side (2724 Broadway, New York). If you’re ever in New York City, pop by any one of our stores – we would love to see you there!
Our aim is to offer you fresh, savory, wholesome, natural and organic nuts, trail mixes, dried fruits and granolas at reasonable prices. We believe that there’s no reason why wholesome cannot be affordable, or why healthy should be boring!
We love putting on our travel boots and traveling across America (and yes, sometimes Europe and Asia) in search of the tastiest and freshest products to bring to you. About 90% of our products are sourced in the USA (like our delectable Dried Cranberries, tart California Apricots, succulent yellow Nectarines and scrumptious Pecans).
We love what we do, and we hope you enjoy the products that we bring to you!