A spicy, lightly sweetened and protein rich healthy snack that takes just minutes to make. Perfect for game day or any day you need a tasty snack!
I love snack mixes (in moderation, of course) but always find that most of the recipes call for a lot of carb-y (yep, just made that up…) ingredients like cereals and pretzels. While they may be fun to eat, they end up not being very filling – or very healthy for my weight maintaining goals of less, but higher nutrient-dense foods.
Nuts are my go-to every day snack since I can eat just a few of them and be satisfied until the next meal (usually eaten along with tea – drinking fills you up too!).
So when I wanted to make a slightly more fun, but still healthy snack to have while watching one of our favorite NFL football teams (and quarterbacks – former Oregon Duck, Marcus Mariota!), the Tennessee Titans – and of course our college alma mater the UO Ducks, too – I started with good old nuts, and added our favorite spice, Sriracha sauce, with just a little carb in the form of Trader Joe’s sesame sticks.
The sesame sticks provide the crunch that makes snack mixes fun and I like that they have just a few normal ingredients (and sesame seeds have a lot going for them, nutrition-wise). They aren’t a staple in our house, but do add a nice change in occasional recipes like this. You can leave them out – I like this spicy-sweet coating just as well on just nuts, too, so it’s up to you.
I’m not gonna lie – the only problem with this nut mix is that it’s hard to stop eating! Which is why it’s a good idea to have small containers, either little bowls or paper cones like I made (in the Tennessee Titans colors to keep the spirit!) that can just be thrown away.
To make the cones, I took regular 8-1/2 x 11 colored paper and cut it into a square by cutting off the longer end and then rolled it up and sealed with washi tape. I also lined the cones with waxed paper since I wasn’t sure about the nuts next to non-food-grade paper.
Everyone who’s tried this has loved it- and most can’t stop eating it, so whatever you choose to use, make sure to have the small containers for serving!
- 8 c. nuts, sesame sticks, crackers etc. (I used 3 c. pecans, 3 c. sesame sticks, 2 c. mixed nuts)
- 3 TB. butter
- 2 TB honey
- 2-3 TB Sriracha sauce (or more to taste)*
- 1 TB. chili powder
- 1 tsp. granulated garlic
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. salt (or to taste) to taste
- Preheat oven to 325°. Combine nuts, and any other snack items you choose in a large bowl.
- Heat butter and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until butter is melted (alternately, microwave in a glass container until butter is melted).
- Pour butter mixture over nut mixture, stirring to coat well. Taste to see if you'd like more Sriracha or salt. Spread in an even layer on a lightly greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle with a bit of salt if desired, stir and let cool before serving. Store in an airtight container.
More Recipes from #FoodieFootballFans
Brian and I are enjoying the football season – fall and football go hand-in-hand! In celebration, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all are big football fans — to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. Last month we shared our favorite tailgating recipes, and now we are sharing more than 60 recipes ideas for celebrating on game day. Click on their links below to join in!
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Bird Gang Sonoran Nachos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
GameDay Cheesecake Bars by Body Rebooted
Healthy Dirty Bird Dip by Dash of Herbs
Purple Potato Salad by The Culinary Compass
Chocolate Blackberry Cheesecake Parfait by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Beer Girl Cooks
Quick and Easy Baked Buffalo Chicken Sliders by The Life Jolie
Blackened Steak + Blue Cheese Nachos by Feast + West
Easy pimiento cheese crackers by Family Food on the Table
Chicago-Style Deep Dish Breadsticks by Honey & Birch
Italian Beef by Bread Booze Bacon
Welcome to the Jungle Cocktail by Love & Flour
Bengal Striped Bundt Cake by Foodtastic Mom
Polish Boy Potato Skins by A Mind Full Mom
Sweet and Salty Brownies by The Secret Ingredient Is
Cowboy Cookies by The BakerMama
Cowboy Chili by See Aimee Cook
Green Chili Pulled Pork Cheese Fries by Cake ‘n Knife
Blue and Orange Jello Shot Gummies by Sustaining the Powers
Greek Town Loaded Potato Skins by The Mexitalian
Beer Cheese Fondue by Off the Eaten Path
Easy Beer Cheese Soup by Hello Little Home
Chicken Stack Sandwich by Around My Family Table
Spicy Pub Mustard by What A Girl Eats
Game Day Cupcakes by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Brownie Batter Dip by The Crumby Cupcake
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes by Two Places at Once
Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese by Simplify, Live, Love
Game Day Snack Tray by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Mac n Cheese Cups by West via Midwest
South Beach Punch by 2 Cookin Mamas
Miami Mahi Mahi Sandwich by foodbyjonister
Swedish Meatball Dip with Tater Tot Dunkers by Peanut Blossom
Fruity Dessert Pizza with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze by Bucket List Tummy
New England Rum Punch by Order in the Kitchen
Crawfish Etouffee by The Speckled Palate
Cajun Crawfish and Corn Fritters with Remoulade Dipping Sauce by For the Love of Food
Reuben Sliders with Homemade Russian Dressing by A Dish of Daily Life
Big Blue Cheese Steak Stromboli by Simple and Savory
Spinach & Artichoke Bites by Lauren’s Kitchen
Herb Pesto Arancini by A Little Gathering
Beluga Lentil Hummus by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Philly Cheesesteak Cheesecake by Nik Snacks
Game Day Cookie Cups by Me and My Pink Mixer
Primanti Style Sliders by Macheesmo
Pineapple Salsa by Living Well Kitchen
Tex Mex Cream Cheese Wontons with Bacon by Shaws Simple Swaps
Blue Cheese Blitz Dip by Cafe Terra
Chicken Adobo Fries by Brunch-n-Bites
Game Day Candy Bark by Life’s Ambrosia
Chicken Teriyaki Pizza (aka Seattle SeaChicken TeriHawki Pizza) by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by Casa de Crews
Double-Stuffed Potato Skins by A Simpler Grace
Red Skin Potato Chili Nachos by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
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