Spicy Nuts!

We eat a lot of nuts around here. A. Lot. Especially with the recent loss of meat from my diet, I am having to turn elsewhere to find sufficient sources of protein. It’s quite a feat. While grabbing a handful of almonds or walnuts (our two go-to’s) is always a satisfying move (especially when paired with a few raisins), it’s nice to spice things up once in awhile…don’t you agree?

Here’s the fantastic, easy-to-make recipe. The kids can help, too.

Spicy Nuts

Ingredients:

2/3 cup almonds

2/3 cup pecans (or walnuts)

2/3 cup hazelnuts (or cashews)*

1 tsp chili powder**

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

Directions:

Toast nuts in a pan over medium heat. Meanwhile, mix spices in a bowl. Melt coconut oil in a pan and coat nuts completely. Pour in spice mix and coat evenly.

Voila! Enjoy and fill up on a delicious protein snack. This would be a fantastic salad topper too, don’t you think?!

*Remember, peanuts aren’t really good for you. They aren’t actually even nuts. They are found in the legume family!

**I would suggest paprika in the place of chill powder for those wee and therefore more sensitive palates.

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