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Spiced Nuts: The Perfect Snack for Any Occasion

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delicious homemade Spiced Nuts

Spiced nuts are the perfect balance of sweet and savory, making them an irresistible snack for any occasion. They’re easy to prepare and can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for those who need a quick and tasty treat.

With just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a snack that will impress your guests or satisfy your own cravings. From sweet, salty, and spicy blends to caramelized versions with brown sugar and cinnamon, there’s a recipe to match your taste buds. Get ready to transform ordinary nuts into something extraordinary and delightful!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

When making spiced nuts, you’ll need specific ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need and some possible substitutes to consider:

Nuts:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pecans

Feel free to mix different kinds or use your favorite type.

Sweeteners:

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Light Brown Sugar

You can use honey or maple syrup if you prefer natural sweeteners.

Spices:

  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cayenne Pepper (for a spicy kick, optional)

If you don’t have these, you can use pumpkin pie spice or allspice.

Salt:

  • Regular Table Salt
  • Sea Salt

Binding Agents:

  • Egg White
  • Water

These help the spices stick to the nuts. You can omit the egg for a vegan option and just use water or a bit of olive oil.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Extract
  • Olive Oil

Leave out the vanilla extract if you want a purely savory flavor.

Combining these ingredients makes the perfect spiced nuts. Enjoy adjusting to your tastes!

Instructions

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Steps:

  1. Preheat the Oven:

    • Set your oven to 300°F (150°C).
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the Nuts:

    • In a large bowl, combine the nuts.
    • Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
  3. Make the Spice Mix:

    • In a small bowl, mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne, and paprika.
  4. Coat the Nuts:

    • Beat the egg white in a separate bowl until foamy.
    • Fold the nuts into the egg whites until coated.
    • Sprinkle the spice mixture over the nuts and toss well.
  5. Bake the Nuts:

    • Spread the nuts onto the lined baking sheet in a single layer.
    • Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. Cool and Serve:

    • Remove from oven and let cool completely.
    • Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy your tasty spiced nuts!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Spiced nuts are a tasty treat, and with a few tips, you can keep them fresh and delicious.

1. Use Fresh Nuts:
Buy nuts sealed in bags to ensure they are fresh. Bags keep out air and prevent them from going stale quickly.

2. Proper Storage:
Store nuts in airtight containers or zip-top bags. This stops air from affecting their quality.

3. Refrigerate or Freeze:
Keep some nuts in the fridge in glass jars. You can also freeze them in their original bags or in airtight containers. Shelled nuts last 6 months to 1 year in the freezer. Unshelled nuts can last up to 1.5 years.

4. Spice Coating Tips:
When making spiced nuts, stir the nuts so they are evenly coated. This ensures every bite is flavorful.

5. Spread Out:
After coating nuts with spices, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. This helps them cook evenly.

Following these simple tips will help you enjoy your spiced nuts at their best. Happy snacking!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.