Monday, May 9, 2011

Spicy Roasted Nuts

We were looking at nuts a few weeks ago at the grocery store and didn't end up purchasing any because they were expensive and had entirely too much salt.  I got home and did a bit of experimenting and after a few tries, came up with something we like (well, okay, some of us love these...) 

olive oil
1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 raw cashews
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoon maple syrup
Optional seasonings:  black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom (let your imagination go wild!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a sheet try with foil and brush with olive oil.  Mix nuts with tamari, maple syrup, and seasonings (if using).  Spread mixture evenly on the tray and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.  Remove tray and turn nuts over with a spatula.  Bake for another 5 - 10 minutes.  Depending on your oven, these nuts may take a few minutes less or more.  When you start to smell the nuts or the maple syrup, start checking them every 60 seconds or so - you do not want to let the nuts burn.

Remove from oven and stir again.  Stir every few minutes as the nuts cool - this makes it easier to remove from the tray.

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