These holiday spiced nuts are the perfect thing to make for holiday gatherings and parties. You can also just set them on a plate on a kitchen counter as a snack. Or put them in mason jars tied with ribbons and give them out as holiday gifts.
Nuts are a great snack, as they are very high in protein and rich in healthy fats. Nuts are vegetarian, vegan and paleo.
These holiday spiced nuts are even healthier, since they are soaked and dried. This makes them more digestible and more nutritious, since it reduces the enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients. However, is you're in a rush, no worries — soaking and drying are optional steps in this recipe.
Holiday Spiced Nuts
Assorted nuts — any blend of peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, pecans or whole almonds (1 pound)
Sea salt (1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons)
Fresh rosemary (A few sprigs)
Cayenne (1/2 teaspoon)
Organic cane sugar, sucanat or coconut sugar (2 teaspoon)
Butter, grass-fed, or coconut oil (1-2 tablespoons)
1. Optional: Soak the nuts overnight (7-10 hours) in mason jars or sprouting jars full of filtered water with 1 tablespoon sea salt.
2. Optional: Dry the nuts in your dehydrator or in an oven on the lowest heat setting (ideally under 150 degrees) for 12-24 hours, until completely dry and crisp.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Set aside.
5. Chop rosemary, yielding about 2 tablespoons. Set aside.
6. Spread the soaked/dried nuts on a baking sheet. Toast until golden brown (about 10 minutes). Remove from oven.
7. In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped rosemary, cayenne, sugar, 2 teaspoons sea salt, and the melted butter.
8. Toss the nuts with the butter mixture.
9. Serve warm or room temperature. (You can make this ahead and warm in oven before serving.)
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