Weasel Eats

Spiced Mixed Nuts

In my search for good snacks on this ketogenic eating experiment (to replace the crunchy, starchy things I love but my body doesn’t), I kept thinking that mixed nuts would be a good alternative. Or a trail-mix type thing, without the typical sugary dried fruit and chocolate chips and M&Ms.

However, a store-bought trail mix without starch and/or sugar is rather hard to find. And plain mixed nuts are just so … boring. They do not fit my idea of a snack that is appealing, that actually calls to me as something I want to eat when my blood sugar starts dropping and I need some mid-morning or mid-afternoon fat and protein.

I don’t know what took me so long to figure this out, but I finally realized that I can make my own spiced nut mixes. I can buy plain (or roasted) nuts ~ of any variety ~ and then spice and roast them myself.

Voila! A protein snack that is actually appealing.

So far I have tried two versions, one more savory, one milder and slightly sweet. My husband likes the savory mix better. I have enjoyed both pretty equally.

For some reason, these are soooo much more delicious than the plain mixed-nut packages that one can procure at the grocery store.

So, this is what I keep in our cabinet now. Charles has taken to keeping a container of them in his car for snack emergencies. And I’ve taken to enjoying them with a little cup of cottage cheese for a delectable afternoon snack.

They also look so pretty!

Don’t you want to go make (and eat) some right now?

This is quite a flexible recipe. All amounts are approximate and “fungible” (as my mother-in-law likes to say). I probably won’t make it the same way twice. Feel free to experiment with other spices and different amounts, and share your concoctions with the rest of us!

Spiced Mixed Nuts (Savory)

6 cups chopped raw or roasted nuts (any kind you like: walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, etc. You can also add seeds: sunflower, sesame, chia, flax, etc.)
1/4 cup oil (sunflower seed oil adds really good flavor)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Dash of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine nuts, oil, and spices; mix well. Spread evenly in a cookie sheet. Bake about 20 minutes, stirring once, until golden and fragrant. Let cool before storing (glass jars or containers work best).

Spiced Mixed Nuts (Mild, Slightly Sweet)

6 cups chopped raw or roasted nuts (any kind you like: walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, etc. You can also add seeds: sunflower, sesame, chia, flax, etc.)
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup oil (coconut oil adds really good flavor)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. coriander
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. sage

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine nuts, oil, and spices; mix well. Spread evenly in a cookie sheet. Bake about 20 minutes, stirring once, until golden and fragrant. Let cool before storing (glass jars or containers work best).

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