Nuts make such a yummy snack! They’re delicious, nutritious, and are a good healthy fat to eat. The perfect combination of protein and carbs. Sweet & spicy nuts may not be very nutritious–but they’re delicious! I don’t believe that during the holidays everything needs to be healthy. Assuming we eat pretty well most of the year, having some heavier food during Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah, or another holiday you observe is not going to break you from the good eating habits you normally practice! A few nuts here, a slice of pie there, everything in moderation. Soon enough it’ll be January 1st again and we’ll be talking about detoxes.
I love the combination of sweet and spicy. I’m not talking real spicy here, plus you can control the heat depending how much red pepper you add to the recipe. My favorite chocolate bar is the chili’s and chocolate. Have you tried it yet?! So so good. OK I need to stop talking about it because I have a bar in my kitchen right now. Control, Leah, control.
We are hosting Friendsgiving this year at our new house. It’s a tradition our other friends started a few years ago and it is so much fun we all are happy to continue even though they moved away (sad face). I get carried away because I want to invite everyone, but the tradition is mostly our USC group of friends. I would need a lot more space since we already have 20 coming! I want to be a good hostess, and that means having lots of food! I thought a yummy spiced nuts recipe would be the perfect finger/snack food to have around before we have our main meal. I’m also going to make a spinach dip (not the healthy version you can find here) and have cheese, crackers, and grapes too (because it looks pretty!).
I made this recipe a few days ago and feel accomplished that my guests will get to have them. I have not eaten them all! Not easy. They’re so yummy! I hope you enjoy them too! They also make a great gift in a mason jar if you are going to someone else’s house.
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup almonds, unsalted
- 1 cup cashews, unsalted
- 1/2 cup walnuts, unsalted
- 1/4 cup pecans, unsalted (optional, I used)
- 1/4 cup pepitas (optional, I used!)
- 1/4 cup sugar (I used white, but another sugar of choice like honey or turbinado could work)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne or red pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees
- Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
- Beat the egg white in a large bowl, then add in the nuts (and seeds if using pepitas) until they're well coated. Add in the sugar and spices, and mix (with a wooden spoon) until nuts are coated.
- Pour them onto the greased baking sheet and spread them out so there are no nuts overlapping each other.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring twice in between, until golden.
- Let them cool completely.
- Store them in a mason jar or another air tight container!
- Make sure to keep an eye on them while in the oven as nuts are quick to burn! Stirring is crucial!