nut clusters + gifts in jars

Monday.  What happened??  You were not so fun. 

It started bright + early with a lock you and your husband out of the house when you’re already running late and your husband has a deadline kind of morning.

It was also 15 degrees outside.  I am awesome.

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

What saved the day were these sweet + crunchy nut clusters.

In three different flavors.

Packed in jars for you or a friend!

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

Can I go off on a tangent about jars for a second?  Yes?  I think I hear you saying “yes.” 

I am obsessed with jars.  Jars of all kinds.  They just have so many uses!! 

Don’t know what to do with a random kitchen ingredient?  Put it in a jar.

Don’t know what to do with the bulk spices you boughtPut them in 4oz – 8oz jars.

Need to pack fruit + yogurt to go?  Put it in a reused glass jelly jar.

Need to give a gift?  Definitely, put it in a jar.

Want to have fun drinking water?  Pour it in a jar.

Want to have fun drinking wine?  Pour it in a jar.  Refill multiple times.

Just made 3 batches of homemade nut butter? J.A.R. IT!!

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

Thanks for letting me get all of that off my chest.

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

As you can see my love for jars runs deep. 

I think it makes such a fun way to deliver a gift that is personalized without breaking the bank.  You can dress the jar up or leave it as is.  You can fill it with something sweet or savory.  And either way, your loved one ends up with a sweet reusable jar filled with something super delicious. 

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

Like, nut clusters.

Which are so easy to make you are going to cry.

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

This post is going to be the start of a series called, Gifts In Jars.

I’m not positive on the number of days for this series, but I have handfuls of ideas swimming in my head. It depends on the feedback I get from all of you!

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

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Nut Clusters in Jars vegan/gluten-free/grain-free

Maple Espresso Nut Clusters [fills about 3, 12oz jars]

  • 1 1/2 cups mixed raw nuts
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
  • 1/3 cup pure grade B maple syrup, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • flaked sea salt [optional]
  1. Preheat your oven to 300* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper [or a silpat].
  2. Whisk the syrup, coconut oil, and espresso powder together until the espresso is mostly dissolved.  Coconut oil is crucial in the hardening of the clusters.
  3. Spread nuts and pepitas on the lined baking sheet and toss with the syrup mixture.
  4. Spread into an even layer while keeping the nuts and seeds touching.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a silicone spatula and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt [if desired], then let cool for 15 minutes [or so].
  7. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes until fully set and hardened.
  8. Break apart and place in jars, then seal with a lid.

*I used 1/2 cup raw almonds, cashews, and pecans.

Vanilla Bean Maple Sea Salt Nut Clusters [fills about 3, 12oz jars]

  • 2 cups mixed raw nuts
  • 1/3 cup pure grade B maple syrup, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 – 1 whole vanilla bean pod, sliced + scraped
  • flaked sea salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 300* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper [or a silpat].
  2. Whisk the syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla beans together until combined.  Coconut oil is crucial in the hardening of the clusters.
  3. Spread nuts on the lined baking sheet and toss with the syrup mixture.
  4. Spread into an even layer while keeping the nuts touching.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a silicone spatula and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt, then let cool for 15 minutes [or so].
  7. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes until fully set and hardened.
  8. Break apart and place in jars, then seal with a lid.

*I used 3/4 cup raw almonds and pecans

*Use 1 vanilla bean for a more fragrant vanilla flavor.

Cinnamon Maple Sea Salt Nut Clusters [fills about 3, 12oz jars]

  • 1 1/2 cups mixed raw nuts
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
  • 1/3 cup pure grade B maple syrup, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • flaked sea salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 300* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper [or a silpat].
  2. Whisk the syrup, coconut oil, and cinnamon together until combined.  Coconut oil is crucial in the hardening of the clusters.
  3. Spread nuts and pepitas on the lined baking sheet and toss with the syrup mixture.
  4. Spread into an even layer while keeping the nuts and seeds touching.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a silicone spatula and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Let cool for 15 minutes [or so] then place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes until fully set and hardened.
  7. Break apart and place in jars then seal with the lid.

*I used 1/2 cup raw almonds, cashews, and pecans.

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

To decorate the jars I got crafty with a few things I had around the house.

  • burlap [easy find at Michaels or any craft store – it comes in a roll]
  • hemp cord [craft store]
  • thick cardstock for the tags and 8 minutes in Photoshop making them [you could easily handwrite them as well!]
  • mini clothespins [Michaels]

Here’s the basic rundown of what I did:

  1. Plugged in a mini glue gun.
  2. Cut a piece of burlap long enough to fit around the jar.
  3. Folded the burlap in half.
  4. Glued one end to the jar and then glued the other end, pulling tightly.
  5. Cut 3 pieces of cord long enough to wrap around the jar 4-6 times.
  6. Then, either: A] punched two small holes into the card with a pushpin, ran the cord through, and wrapped it multiple times, hot gluing it in the back to secure –or B] wrapped the cord around the jar multiple times and then clipped the clothespin to the cord with the tag

Done!

nut clusters in a jar, 3-ways || edible perspective

Want to join in the gift giving fun??

If you want to share a gift in a jar that you’re making this year, please feel free to do so! 

Either tweet or instagram the photo to @edibleASH with the hashtag: #giftsinjars

Or, email the photo and your name to at: edibleperspective AT gmail DOT com

I’ll dedicate a post to showing off your whatever jarred gifts you make!

Ashley