Happy New Year! Pardon my delay in posting recently but the combination of the holidays and then coming down with bronchitis I was one busy – and sick – cough, cough – girl. During my off time I had the fortunate (unfortunate) pleasure of going to the Fiesta Bowl, featuring my Wildcats. The unfortunate part was the final score. 🙁 The fortunate part was stumbling upon a long forgotten favorite snack. As I was walking through the concourse at half time, trying to avoid various obstacles: annoying drunk collegiates, sticky floors, obnoxious Boise State fans – a smell so delicious wafted under my nose that I suddenly forgot about my team being down… well maybe it wasn’t that amazing, but pretty close.
You’ve been there, right? It may have been at a fair, carnival, or sporting event. You’re wandering around minding your own business and then, bam! Roasted spicy nutty goodness fills your nostrils and your mouth starts to water. Yeah – I thought so. Needless to say, I purchased a small bag of roasted mixed nuts and shared them with my friend… that wasn’t enough. I needed more, and have been dreaming about making them ever since. Today was the day! Coming up with a recipe that rivaled those sold at the game that have been drenched in oil and coated with sugar was no easy task. However, I’m happy to report that my homemade version was even better than the ones I spent $12.00 on (in my humble opinion of course).
One of the things I love about making this snack is that it’s easy to modify to your individual taste preferences. All you need for your kitchen to begin smelling warm and spicy is: 1 egg, your favorite nut(s), some spices…. lets get started!
For my tasty snack I used: almonds & walnuts, allspice, cinnamon, a tiny bit of sugar, and FACON sriracha seasoning from my friends at Go Lb. Salt.
- 3 cups mixed nuts (any variety, unsalted)
- ½ tsp. ground allspice
- ½ tsp. seasoning salt
- 1½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 egg white beaten until light and foamy
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and spread into a single layer on greased baking sheet
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring half way through
Alternative Spice Ideas:
You know I always encourage playing in the kitchen, so be sure to get creative and comment below on your favorite blend!
Once cooled store in an airtight container, or pre-portion 1/8 cup (about 100 calories / 4 gm protein / 2 gm fiber) into snack baggies.
- Nuts are an easy and portable snack filled with healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
- As with most crunchy foods they tend to “slide” down the pouch easily, because of this it is important to be mindful of portion sizes as it can become easy to eat a large amount without feeling much restriction.
- For most patients, 1/8 cup of nuts at a time is an appropriate portion. Add some fresh fruit as well to increase your intake of fiber and antioxidants and to make it easier to not drink while eating, as the natural water from the fruit can help to quench your thirst when eating a dry type of food.