Spiced Nuts

I don’t know about you, but I have a REAL craving for salty snacks.  I always have, and I suspect I always will.  There are times that I find myself in the chip aisle drooling over all the yummy Kettle Chip flavours.  Sometimes, I go for it, but I really try to stay away.  A couple of weeks ago, as I was talking myself out of an impulse Kettle buy, I caught a glimpse of some Prana Nuts.  Of course, nuts are the better choice, (I told myself) of course the raw nut mix would be what my body would appreciate more.  Of course I grabbed the almonds baked in maple syrup :D

Wow, where they good.  So good, that I had to hide them from myself, in my car, so I wouldn’t demolish the entire bag!  

I was sharing my experience with Val, and we both quickly decided that, of course, we would try a SoulShine version!  We served these delicious bites at our first catering gig, and folks devoured them.  We decided to tweak the flavour a bit and add a wee more sea salt and some spice to jazz them up even more.  If you are looking for a great addition to a cocktail party or even as a snack (all for you), give these a try.

Here is what you will need:

Skillet: we use cast iron; because we love the flavour it adds to all of our creations and we can avoid the YUCKY Teflon of the non-stick kind

1C raw walnuts

1C raw pecans

½ C raw pumpkin seeds

1 tsp cayenne (which you can adjust accordingly…this leaves a titch of heat, and if you would like more, then add another ½ tsp)

2 tsp sea salt

½ C maple syrup

Method:

1.     Place the skillet on your stove top at medium-high heat

2.     Place nuts and seeds and stir to combine them

3.     Heat the mixture for 5 minutes.  Keep stirring the nuts and seeds, so you can dry roast them

4.     Add the cayenne and sea salt, and continue to roast for an additional 5 minutes

5.     Add the maple syrup and stir until well combined.  The syrup will liquefy a little as it heats up.  Keep stirring for 5 more minutes.

6.     Remove from heat, and place nuts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to cool.  As they cool, they will clump together.  You can break them apart and place them in a glass bowl for storage. (if any of them make it that far ;)