Roasted Chestnuts: A Healthy Holiday Snack

Roasted Chestnuts

Have you ever roasted chestnuts on an open fire? If not, then maybe it’s time you try these incredible healthy nuts with this simple recipe.

Chestnuts are not only delicious.  They also help your digestive health because of their high fiber content, stabilize energy levels with their carb content, improve brain function with their B-vitamin content, reduce risk of disease with their antioxidant manganese content, and strengthen bones with their copper content. They are super healing and yummy treat!

Try this simple recipe to roast delicious chestnuts at home.

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. To prepare your chestnuts, grasp them firmly between your thumb and index finger and carefully make a long slice across the rounded top of the chestnut with a sharp serrated bread knife. Careful, the shell is slippery. You should be able to slice it in one motion. If you have trouble cutting through, use gentle sawing motions, don’t force the blade down or you run the risk of cutting your hand.

2. Once all of your chestnuts have been cut, place them into a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer.

3. Once the water begins to simmer, remove the chestnuts from the water using a mesh strainer or slotted spoon and transfer them to a baking sheet.

4. Roast for 15 minutes, or until the shells begin to peel back where you cut into them.

5. Remove the chestnuts from the oven. Place them into a bowl and cover with a towel for 15 minutes. Allowing them to steam a bit will make them easier to peel.

6. Once the 15 minutes have passed, simply pull on the shell and slip the chestnut out. Some will be easier to peel than others. Both the outer shell and the tough brown skin around the chestnuts should be peeled off. If you run into any nuts that seem gooey or disintegrated inside, it means that they have spoiled. Chestnuts tend to have a short shelf life, spoiled nuts should be tossed.

Hope you enjoy this sweet and healing treat!

Happy Holidays,

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