Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix

Here’s another great option for this weekend’s game. A healthy version of the deliciously addicting sweet and spicy nut mix we all can’t seem to get enough of at parties. This one is made with agave for a little bit of guilt-free goodness and a great little kick from the spicy seasonings. As an added bonus, you can feel good that you're getting your dose of "good" fats from the heart-healthy pecans and walnuts.

These little bits were a huge hit last night for their unveiling at a friend’s get-together. Everyone wanted the recipe and they couldn’t believe they weren’t loaded with calories. And if you are short on time, these took less than 20 minutes, including prep!

Enjoy, but be sure to share!

1 1/2 cups walnuts, shelled
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
2 T extra virgin olive oil
3 T Agave Nectar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp kosher or sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the walnuts and pecans on a large baking sheet and roast about 12 minutes, until fragrant. Be careful not to burn.
While the walnuts and pecans are roasting:

Combine olive oil, agave and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl, mixing to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, except salt.

Remove the walnuts and pecans from the oven and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle the oil/agave/Worcestershire sauce over the nuts and toss to coat completely. Don't be alarmed, they sizzle! Sprinkle on the dry ingredients and toss to be sure that all of the walnuts and pecans get equal attention.

Return the nuts to the baking sheet, spreading them out, and roast for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the salt; cool before serving.

IF…and I use this word lightly…you have any left, throw them on your next salad! Delish!
Serves approx. 16; ¼ cup serving = 125 calories

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