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