Toasting walnuts (or any nut) is so easy! They can be used in a lot of recipes too. You could mix them with dried fruit as a simple snack or even add them into a favorite recipe. For instance, if you don't have any granola (or don't like granola), you can add some toasted walnuts to the yogurt berry bowls in our previous post for some added crunch.
There are two methods to toast nuts. One is by putting them in an oven, and the other is the stove top method. I prefer the stove top because I feel I have more control to achieve a more even toast.
Place the nuts in a skillet (no need to grease the skillet) and sauté them until toasted. You can do this with any type of nut and coconut.
As you can see in the picture above, I broke apart some walnuts (in order to get smaller, similar-sized nuts) by hand, and then placed them in a small skillet.
I turn the heat on high, and using a wooden spoon, I start moving them around the pan. I do this constantly so they toast evenly. This takes about 5 minutes. When they look close to being done, I turn off the heat and leave the nuts in the pan. Continue to sauté them for 3 minutes (with stove off). If you have a good sense of smell, you can usually smell when the nuts are ready after you've done it a couple times. And there you go! Perfectly toasted walnuts! Bon Appetit!
(edited by Anna Weicht)