Looking for a munchy snack for New Year’s Eve? These spiced mixed nuts are great! They aren’t just perfect for New Year’s or any other holiday, I’d make them year round. And they are pretty healthy—there are no refined sugars in them—just good Grade B maple syrup, and not even that much. A little egg white to add to the protein and some great spices make these perfectly crunchy and delicious. I’ve loved having them here while others around me are eating so many other treats that I no longer eat.
I used pecans, almonds, and just a handful of cashews and hazelnuts along with some raw sunflower seeds. I threw a little orange zest in the mixture and it’s good. I wish I would have added a little more. The kick from some cayenne is just enough, but if you’d like it even spicier, add a little more. I was afraid and didn’t want to make them too spicy since I’m mainly the only one eating them around here. Love the sweet combo of cinnamon, maple and orange. It goes well with the cayenne, chili and cumin powder to make a great sweet and spicy flavor.
These made for some nice holidays gifts I also handed out.
Spicy Mixed Nuts (Paleo, Refined Sugar Free), by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
5 cups mixed nuts (I used a mixture of mostly pecans and almonds, with some cashews, hazelnuts and some sunflower seeds)
2 large egg whites
¼ cup Grade B maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon Ancho chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Put all the nuts in a large bowl. Whip the egg whites in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer for 2 minutes, until frothy. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the nuts) and fold it all together. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Or portion them out into cute gift bags and ties.