Maple-Cayenne Roasted Nuts
I don’t know about you all, but I’m pretty partied out. I actually never thought I’d say that, but we’ve had so many parties and gatherings over the last couple of months that I think a nice relaxing break is long overdue. That said, there are bound to be more impromptu meetups with friends over the next month or so, and while it’s not always expected, I like to bring at least a little something when I go to any kind of event.
That’s where these roasted nuts come in. The idea for these actually came about when I was asked to make something for a bake sale benefit. It was during the chaos of the holiday season, and to be honest, I was totally baked/cooked out. However, I knew the money was going to a good cause and I wanted to contribute, so I came up with this recipe and then packaged it in small baggies with festive ribbon tied up around it – they were a hit!
These roasted nuts are packed with flavor and are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. The maple flavor is bold and smoky, which lends itself nicely to the cayenne, which is also a bit smoky. They aren’t so hot that my fellow Minnesotans (who sometimes think ketchup is spicy) won’t eat them, but they aren’t too sweet that I won’t eat them.
I used mixed nuts here to get a good variety in flavor and texture, but feel free to use this on any nut or seed variety you like – it will be just as excellent!
- 1 lbs Mixed Nuts
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 2 tsp Maple Sugar (optional)
- ½ tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
- Pinch of Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, toss all ingredients together until all nuts have a generous coating of the spice mixture.
- Spread evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely and serve!
I hope you all had a wonderful end to 2013 and I look forward to sharing lots of plant-based yumminess with you in 2014!