Thursday, December 22, 2011

Spiced Toasted Nuts

This is a fun way to spice up your almonds or other nuts for a nice snack. You can decide what mix you want to try. I tried one with orange juice and one with out orange juice. It is a fun treat for the holidays. These would be great as a topping for salads as well as a snack.

1 egg white
1 T water, Or 1 T water and 1 T Orange juice
1/2 T orange zest (if you are adding orange juice)
1/2 tsp salt
1 C to 1 1/2 C almonds
1/8 tsp sugar, or other sweetener
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp coriander * optional
1/8 tsp cardamom * optional
1/8 tsp nutmeg * optional (fresh grated is wonderful)
1/8 tsp ginger * optional (fresh grated is wonderful too)

1. In a bowl beat with wire whisk, egg whites, water, *(optional) juice and salt. Then add almonds. Stir until they are all coated. (I mixed 1/2 the almonds with the water, and then added some orange juice and orange zest and added the rest of the almonds and stirred them in to the mixture the same way. Drain separately if you do this process.)

2. Then put in a strainer and let them drain off the excess mixture about 5 min.

3. In a separate bowl, mix sweetener and spices of your choice. Stir together. Then stir in the nuts.

4. Heat oven to 300. Then on a greased cookie sheet, or put parchment paper on the cookie sheet.

5. Cook the nuts until they are nice and toasty about 30-40 min. They harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container.

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