CANNOT RESIST CANDIED NUT MIX

July 2, 2016

 

Last week, while in a health food store, and suffering with the munchies, Jack and I picked up a bag of candied nuts.  Halfway into the bag I found that they had sugar as an ingredient.  

 

As I was scolding myself for not looking, I made up my mind right then and there that I was going to make some candied nuts that Jack and I could eat.  

 

Fast-forward to today:  Jack came home from school and immediately upon arriving asked for a smoothie.  I offered him something different.  He was a bit indecisive as to whether he liked my version of candied nuts, however, I did have to bribe him to walk away from them AND I caught him sneaking back into the kitchen for more.  I think I have a success on my hands.  In fact, I'm sitting here plotting how I can get back in the kitchen for a few more without him knowing.  

 

I have to confess that I googled recipes for candied, glazed, and roasted nuts prior to settling on this method of preparation.  And....once I found something that was along the lines of what I was looking for, not only did I revamp the spices that were used, I switched out the SUGAR for much more suitable organic local honey AND I added even more nutrition by including seeds:  chia, flax, and sesame to be exact.  

 

I mean really - if you're going to have a snack, why not make it as nutritious as you possibly can, right?  ♥  I love it when you all agree with me.  

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

2 1/4 cups of blended nuts  I used walnuts, cashews and pecans as that is what I had on hand

2 Tablespoons of unsalted organic butter

2 Tablespoons of Honey, local and organic and raw if you can

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 Tablespoon EACH: Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, and Sesame Seeds

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Combine the butter, honey, salt, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, and cumin in a heavy bottom saute pan.  Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and your mixture is well combined.  Add in the nuts, and stir and coat for about 5 - 6  minutes until the nuts are fragrant.  Remove from the pan and place on a piece of parchment paper to cool.

 

Then enjoy.  

 

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