Snack on these sweet and salty spiced nuts

Is anyone else guilty of finding long lost food items in the back of the pantry? Perhaps I’m a little unorganized.

My sister laughs at me when she comes to visit because the house is (generally) neat and tidy…until you open my dresser drawers. After she folds and re-organizes, my clothes only stay pristine for about a month. Caution: rushing around the house at 5:30am for clients – looking for either black pants, black shorts, or black uniform tops – can lead to drawers of crumpled clothes. Or bureaus, if you’re from the northeast.

Anyway, back to the pantry. While searching for a can of coconut milk I stumbled upon a large canister of plain, unsalted nuts. Ray probably bought them on an Amazon Pantry spree, and we both forgot about it.

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I went nuts over the can of nuts…

I’m not disciplined enough to eat plain, unsalted nuts. And it just so happens that I had never “repurposed” nuts before. Furthermore, I recently saw a recipe for spiced nuts from Yummy Healthy Easy. If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is…

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Sweet, salty, and spicy. The trifecta of flavors, all baked onto a generous layer of nuts. There are no complicated steps to preparing this delicious snack, and the hardest part was waiting for them to finish baking in the oven. Or maybe it was because I was kind of starving.

Sweet and salty spiced nuts | hello to fit

Why snack on nuts? When adhering to the general portion size, we can get a nice fill of healthy fats and protein. During snack time, a serving of nuts can help tide you over until the next meal. And yes, I checked Merriam-Webster to ensure that the phrase was, in fact, “tide over” (rather than “tie over”).

Sweet and salty spiced nuts | hello to fit

Sweet and salty spiced nuts

Adapted from Yummy Healthy Easy

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for nuts. Whisk until combined well and sugar is almost dissolved, about 1 minute.
  3. Fold in nuts, coating evenly.
  4. Pour nuts onto baking sheet and bake for about one hour, stirring every 20 minutes with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. Once cooled, nuts may be stored in an airtight container.

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Linking up with The Fit Foodie Mama, Fairy Burger, Powered By Bling, Chocolate Runner Girl and Whatever Floats Your Oats for Foodie Friday. Thanks, you guys!


Today marks the first part of my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training! You can bet that I’ll be packing little baggies of these sweet and salty spiced nuts to keep me fueled. Keep up with the happenings this weekend by following along on Instagram and Facebook.

Let’s chat:

  • What is your favorite type of nut?
  • Do you repurpose plain nuts, or prefer the unsalted kind?
  • Tell me the last food item you put into the oven…
  • How is your weekend looking?

By Jess

Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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20 comments

  • Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job

    May 15, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Looks great! I make maple spiced pecans in the winter and they are my favorite of all time. That just reminded me that I should go back and take some more pictures for that post. EVERYTHING PINTEREST.
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    1. hellotofit

      May 15, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Mmm maple spiced pecans sound awesome! Haha yes! Gotta pin errythaang

  • Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner

    May 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’m a nut girl myself but lately I’ve been on an almond craze…just plain unsalted almonds. I also figured out that as much as I like other salted nuts, my body retains too much water afterwards and start to get a bit swollen.
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    1. hellotofit

      May 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Oh, Daisy – so bold with the unsalted almonds ;). I need a little flavor kick, even though I know the salt isn’t the best thing for me.

  • Lauren | Just a Pinch

    May 15, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Good luck with your yoga training! We didn’t end up making plans to be in Charlottesville this weekend or I would have loved to see you 🙂 Sweet + salty is my absolute favorite combo!
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    1. hellotofit

      May 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Lauren! Aw, that’s too bad 🙂 no worries, though! I think I’m heading up to D.C. sometime in the next month…hopefully you’ll be free! 🙂

      1. Lauren | Just a Pinch

        May 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        Yay! Yes, let me know!! 🙂

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    May 15, 2015 at 11:33 am

    These nuts would be dangerous in my possession! Yum! Love the flavors!
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  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    May 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Oh I love that you made this sweet salty and savory. I love repurposing mixed bits like this but I’m even less disciplined when they are yummy like this
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  • She Rocks Fitness

    May 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Unsalted cashews have to be my favorite these days…Last thing I put in the oven was a sweet potato last night that I put a decent amount of coconut butter on. It was awesome…Have a wonderful weekend friend! XOXOX
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  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    May 15, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I love spiced nuts! I bet these smell amazing 🙂
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  • Michaell @ Foodscape

    May 15, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Jess, you crack me up! I would look up tie vs. tide in the dictionary too! Also, your story about your sister reminds me of myself. I like my closet to look like a retail establishment at all times, haha. I’m totally in love with your ingredient selection for the nuts. Using the ginger/cinnamon & a tiny bit of sugar is a brilliant combo for creating that sweet flavor without making it an unhealthy snack. Next time I find myself reaching for nuts at a store I’ll be using this recipe instead. YUM!
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  • Liz

    May 15, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Yum! I’m totally going to have to try these!

  • Cailee

    May 16, 2015 at 12:11 am

    YUM! This looks amazing! Such a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing! I have to say, I’m not HUGE on nut, but I do go through phases where I’m really keen on them! …I’m a big PB2 fan though! …also, the last thing I put in the oven?!! Hmmmm… great question!! Does the toaster oven count?! Hahah… cuz then it would be gluten free toast! :p that’s kind of cheating… clearly I don’t bake/ cook much!!
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  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    May 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I LOVE nuts!! This sounds so great — the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I’ll have to try it. I’m the same way, I rarely can eat unsalted, non-roasted nuts. Can you say boring? haha
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  • Crystan Blanco

    May 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I love raw, unsalted nuts, but if I need a little something sweet, I’ll add a few chocolate chips to the mix. This recipe looks delish though and I can’t wait to try it!
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  • Sarr

    May 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Those nuts look delicious! (That sounds totally inappropriate). they wouldn’t last long in my house. The last food item I put in my oven…falafel notes that I found at Target. They were delicious!
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    1. Sarr

      May 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      That should read falafel nuggets.
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  • Farrah

    May 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I’ve definitely heard “tie over” way more often than “tide over,” and am unsure as to which one I used to use, but thanks for the clarification! ;P

    Sweet/salty is my favorite snack combination, so these are definitely right up my alley! <3
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    1. hellotofit

      May 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Hahaha you’re welcome! Idk if it was nerdy to say that or not…

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