During the summer and fall months, we love to go hiking. We always bring these sweet and spicy nuts during these hikes. We also love to go camping and we always bring these nuts with us. To make it more interesting, you can always add more things to the mix. This recipe is so versatile and that’s what I love about it. These nuts make for a good hostess gift.
Ingredients for my Sweet and Spicy Nuts
Simple ingredients that make my sweet and spicy nuts addictive.
The Ingredients List:
- 1 cup cashew nuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pecans
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter (margarine for vegan version)
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (optional)
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
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Mixing the Nuts and Oil
We have a bunch of nuts and we must mix them, so let’s start with that.
- Add 1 cup of cashew nuts,1 cup of almonds, and 1 cup of pecans to a large bowl.
- Toss well to combine.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl in the microwave.
- Add the butter to the nuts and toss so the nuts get coated.
- Add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and toss again, so the nuts get coated with the syrup.
Spices for the Sweet and Spicy Nuts
I love the spice mix that goes into these nuts.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt in another small bowl.
- Sprinkle the spice mixture onto the nuts and toss so the spices coat the nuts.
Baking the Sweet and Spicy Nuts
Now on to the next step of getting the nuts crisp.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Spread the spice-coated nuts on the parchment-lined baking tray.
- The idea is to ensure that the nuts are not crowded – only one layer of nuts on the tray.
- Bake the nuts for about 20 minutes. The smell is intoxicating as the nuts bake.
- Keep an eye on the nuts. You want to remove them from the oven as soon as you see them brown.
- The nuts will continue to brown slightly even after they are removed from the oven, so it’s important to remove them as soon as you think they are starting to brown.
Allow the nuts to cool completely on the baking tray. Once cooled, store them in an air-tight container. They can last up to 2 weeks if kept in a well-sealed container. After each time you serve them, make sure the container is sealed properly and they will not go stale.
I love these and serve them with so many things. Try them with:
- the next salad that you make, add these as a topper and see them become an instant hit.
- try them with my healthy and crunchy salad.
- try them on my curry quinoa salad.
- add them to the next yogurt parfait you enjoy.
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Crunchy Sweet and Spicy NutsCourse: SnackCuisine: Indo-CanadianDifficulty: Easy
My sweet and spicy nuts made with natural maple syrup and a hint of heat, are a crunchy snack that is incredibly addictive. They are a perfect snack for hikes, picnics, or any gathering.
1 cup cashew nuts
1 cup almonds
1 cup pecans
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter (margarine for vegan version)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all of the nuts and toss well to combine.
- Melt your butter in a small bowl in the microwave and add the butter to the nuts and toss to combine again.
- Add the maple syrup to the bowl and toss again.
- Mix the chili powder, ground black pepper, onion powder, and salt in another small bowl. Sprinkle the spice mixture onto the nuts and toss so the spices coat the nuts.
- Line two 9×13 inch baking trays with parchment paper. Spread the nuts evenly on the trays – in a single layer only.
- Bake the nuts for about 20 minutes. Remove them from the oven as soon as you see them brown.
- Allow the nuts to cool completely on the baking tray. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container.
Any kind of nut can be used to make sweet and spicy nuts. I use:
– cashew nuts
You can add any spice of choice, however, I used:
– onion powder
– chili powder
– black pepper
You can also add cinnamon powder, allspice, and a hint of cardamom.
I make my sweet and spicy nuts using maple syrup. I do not add artificial sweeteners, such as sugar or brown sugar.