Sante Nuts Review

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“The more you celebrate life every day, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

-Sara Tidhar, Founder

I recently received Sante Nuts for review including all four types of nuts available- Candied Walnuts, Candied Pecans, Roasted Salted Pecans, and Garlic Almonds.  I am very finicky with what kind of nuts I eat.  I normally don’t care for nuts in my baked good but that could be because I don’t like biting into a huge chunk of nut.  I think it is a textural aversion and not a flavor aversion, because I don’t mind them as long as they are chopped very small.  The nuts that I received were whole nuts so I knew I would be chopping them up before I used them.  I enjoy baking and couldn’t wait to create some tasty treats with these new nuts.

The first nut I used was the Candied Walnuts.  I have been craving a carrot cake for a long time and I am particular about my carrot cake so don’t normally order it at a restaurant.  The reason for this is two fold, the nut pieces are pretty large and it has raisins in it.  Yes I know I am picky!  My great aunt was a great baker and I remembered that she made a carrot cake that I really liked.  When she got sick she made cookbooks of her favorite or most made recipes and gave them to her children, grandchildren and her nieces.  I am a great niece, but I was very close with her so I got one too!  I looked through her recipe book hoping she had included it and she had!   I chopped about half of the bag of walnuts and put it in the cake.  Then I frosted the cake with a traditional cream cheese frosting and used the rest of the nuts to decorate the top of the cake.  I took this cake out to my parent’s house for our weekly Sunday dinner where it is normally my parents, my family, my brother, and my grandfather.  This cake was a hit.  My dad and grandpa thought it was the best carrot cake that they had in a long time.  My husband and I thought it was really good as well and the candied nuts gave it an extra little flavor kick.  My daughter, 21 months, doesn’t get large chunks of nuts yet, as I am afraid she will choke on them so I took the nut topping off her piece and my husband stole them right away.  Doesn’t this piece of cake look good?  I am getting hungry for it again as I am writing this review.  I need to order another bag of these nuts!

The second nut I tried was the Candied Pecans.  When I think of pecans I think of either pecan pie or caramel rolls.  I am not a fan of pecan pie and I couldn’t decide on what to bake until it was too late to start bread dough for caramel rolls.  I then did the next best thing, Girl Scouts Caramel French Toast.  This french toast tastes like a caramel roll.  The recipe I have doesn’t call for nuts, but I thought it would be a good addition and I was right.  I chopped these nuts into very small pieces also and added it to the caramel on the bottom of the pan.  This was almost as good as my grandma’s caramel rolls, but a lot easier!  My family ate this french toast quickly so I had to get the picture taken before they stole the pieces I set aside for pictures!  I only used half the bag of these nuts for the recipe, so can make this one one more time!

The third nut I tried was roasted Salted Pecans.  I make banana bread almost every two to three weeks.  My kids are banana fanatics so I always have bananas at home, but occasionally they don’t eat all of them and then we get banana bread.  I normally substitute chocolate chips for the nuts in the recipe, but this time I did half the nuts and half the chocolate chips.  On this recipe I also chopped the nuts up pretty well so they are kind of hard to see, but trust me they were there.  I am happy to say that the banana bread was a little better with the nuts and chocolate, than just with the chocolate.  My kids and husband ate all the banana bread up in a few days. The good news is I only used about half the bag here as well so can make this again.  It was a great change for breakfast.  What do you think, doesn’t this bread look good?

The last nut I received from Sante Nuts was the Garlic Almonds.  They are made with pepper, cayenne, and of course garlic.  These nuts have a little kick to them and if you like foods like that then these nuts are for you!   Since my first three recipes were my own,  I decided to find a recipe on the Sante Nuts website for my last recipe.  I was hoping for a recipe like Green Bean Almondine.  I love green beans and almonds!  I found a recipe for Tangy Almond Garlic String Beans (http://staging.santenuts.com/recipes/tangy-almond-garlic-string-beans).   The nuts in this recipe gave the dish a  good kick.  I tend not to enjoy spicy foods, but when I used them in this recipe I liked them a lot more than when I just tried the nut. The recipe calls for slicing the nuts thinly but my knives are not sharp enough so I just chopped them with my chopper.  I also didn’t have the red wine vinegar, but used cider vinegar instead and it turned out great.  My husband thought these were the best green beans I have made and ate almost all that I made.  I made a half a recipe as neither of my kids will eat green beans very well and we only give them a small helping. Even though it was just the two of us essentially the bowl was empty.  Here is my bowl of green beans! Don’t they look yummy?  I also have enough nuts left over to make another half recipe of this!

Do you want to try these nuts?  I know I would like to get more of the candied nuts!  Here is your chance to get these nuts at a discount!  If you order by December 16th, 2011 you can get a 25 percent discount!  Use coupon code of 2011-Blog-065 and enjoy some of your own!

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This review was written by Melissa for The Mama Report.

 

I received the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. I can’t get over how yummy that carrot cake looks!

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