Spicy nuts

If you’ve come here looking for something else, move along, my friend. We’re talking snacks here. Not THAT. Anyway, I may not have mentioned this, but I’ve stopped eating sweets. Yes, sad but true. So when I want to snack on something, I want something savory, not sweet.

Recently I found a page that had been torn out of the Food Network Magazine that offered a basic recipe for what appears to be a snack mix. I’m vague on that because I tore off the name of the recipe. (I was probably in a hurry.) However, after looking at it further, I realized it offered multiple ingredient choices to personalize your mix.

I used it to make chipotle-spiced nuts. Delicious and addicting. So much so that I gave the rest to the Spawn of He Who Must Be Fed, which is why I have no pictures of my own to share with you. Sorry about that. You can use your imagination, though.

Ingredients:

  • Raw-Almonds2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 ½ cups mini pretzels (I used small pretzel sticks)pretzel sticks
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons chipotle chile power
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg white

Preheat your oven to 350° and brush a rimmed baking sheet lighting with vegetable oil. Whisk your egg white in a large bowl until frothy. It doesn’t take very long. Add the nuts and pretzels. Sprinkle with the spices and toss the coat. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. It’ll take 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet then store in an airtight container.

Ingredient substitutions

Follow the basic recipe but try these variations to personalize your snack.

Nuts

You any nuts you like:

  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Hazelnuts
  • macadamia nuts

Mix-ins

And you don’t have to use pretzels. Try:

  • corn nuts
  • potato chips
  • rice or corn cereal squares
  • oyster crackers
  • little cheese crackers

Seasonings

If you don’t want something spicy, one of these might suit your taste buds better:

Asian Sesame

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Garlic and herb

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Cinnamon sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

More add-ins

For even more variety, add a cup of:

  • Raisins
  • Cooked bacon
  • Dried cranberries
  • Toasted coconut
  • Banana chips
  • Popcorn
  • Chopped dried pineapple

Feel free to add more than one of these ingredients if you’d like.

If you try a different variation — or create a totally new one — let me know. I’m always on the hunt for yummy snacks.

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