If you have read about my real food weight loss, then you won’t be surprised to know I have a thing for nuts. I love how just a few (really – only just a bit more than an 1/8 cup – you can read more about my portion control tips here), along with a cup of tea, satisfies my afternoon hunger. I also love how they are packed with nutrition and good-for-you fats. I like to go for mixed nuts, since then I can get the benefits from all different kinds.
But after awhile, plain salted nuts can seem a bit…bland. Since I don’t want to add sugar like a glazed nut, I was thrilled when a friend brought spiced nuts to a gathering a while back. They were SO good – the spices made the same old nuts I’d been eating seem like new.
And guess what? The spices make the nuts even BETTER for you! I’ve written about the healing benefits of turmeric, and cayenne pepper has been reported to aid in everything from heart issues to helping get rid of LDL (bad) cholesterol, while cinnamon is an antioxidant that can help regulate blood sugar, among other things. In fact, I think I could find benefits to all the spices that coat these nuts.
Don’t you love it when something good for you tastes great, too? Of course, everything still needs to be in moderation, since these nuts pack a good amount of calories from fat, even if it’s good fat. I’ve learned that too much of anything, no matter how good for you, is just, well…too much.
But you can definitely add a small handful of these nuts to your daily routine and reap the benefits of this nutrient-dense food, especially because they’re easy and can be made in 15 minutes or less!
Easy & Flavorful Spiced Nuts
adapted from a recipe in New Basics Cookbook
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. curry powder (I use hot)
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. rounded cayenne pepper (or more/less to taste)
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 TB. olive, coconut, or peanut oil
- 2 c. raw nuts like pecans, walnuts, almonds & cashews
- Heat oven to 325 degrees and line a small cookie sheet with parchment or silicone.
- Combine all the spices in a medium bowl; add oil and mix until smooth.
- Dump the nuts into the bowl and stir until they are evenly coated.
- Spread evenly on the prepared pan in a single layer.
- Bake nuts for 12-15 minutes, stirring at the halfway point.
- Remove from oven and stir once more before letting sit on pan to cool for about an hour.
- Store in an airtight container.
Makes 2 cups.
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