Sweet and Salty Spiced Nuts & Seeds. A Seasonal Holiday Gift.
Ingredients: Natural European Almonds (unpasteurized), raw cashews, raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, Soy sauce (organic tamari/Nama Shoyu), maple syrup, Sriracha (any hot sauce of choice), fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, Korean chili flakes, Za’atar, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and dried ginger.
First make the ‘Asian Spiced’ mix. In a bowl, add half the nuts and seeds along with a tsp or so of Sriracha. Mixing in the ‘wet ingredients’ (hot sauce/maple/soy sauce) coats the nuts/seeds, allowing the spices & herbs to bind better.
Add half the maple syrup (about 2 tbsp).
Mix in the same quantity of soy sauce (about 2 tbsp) – this acts as the salt component.
Note: Nama Shoyu is a delicious, sweeter soy sauce that I used here!
Sprinkle in 1/2 tsp or so of ground ginger.
Add 1/2 tsp approx of cinnamon.
Add 1/2 tsp approx of Korean chili flakes (or chili powder of choice). Mix all the ingredients together well.
Lay out the seasoned nuts & seeds onto a lined baking sheet.
Now make the second batch! To the rest of the nuts & seeds, add another 2 tbsp of maple syrup.
Add 2 tbsp soy sauce approx.
Toss in the fresh thyme.
Add the roughly chopped fresh rosemary.
Add a pinch of smoked paprika and mix the ingredients together well.
Lay the seasoned nuts/seeds onto a lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 12-15 min. Keep an eye out to ensure they don’t burn at 10 minutes – as each oven is a bit different. Once crispy and golden, take the nuts/seeds out of the oven and let them cool for 30 min or so. Once cooled, enjoy right away or store them in glass jars. Keep all nuts and seeds in the fridge/freezer to preserve freshness.
I made these nutritious and delicious seasoned nuts & seeds as holiday gifts for friends and neighbours. They make for a protein-rich snack, or as a salad topper – for texture and good fats!
– Lightly dry toasting (without oil) raw nuts and seeds yourself, is a healthier option than the conventional packaged products, which typically have added processed oils. Using a lower-glycemic, minimally processed sweetener like maple syrup, is also much healthier than what is often found in commercial nut mixes (refined sugars, corn syrup, rice syrup, agave etc.)
– Adding salt/soy sauce to the nuts and seeds yourself, makes it a lot easier to manage sodium intake – and you will use much less salt than what is found in packaged store-bought items!
– Seasoning nuts and seeds with spices and herbs, not only provides plenty of flavour but a boost of nutrition! All nuts and seeds offer healthy unsaturated fats, plant-based protein, essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.
– Almonds are a great plant-based source of protein, healthy unsaturated fats, calcium, iron, magnesium, Vitamin E and B vitamins
– Cashews are a great source of magnesium, iron, and complete protein
– Pumpkin seeds are rich in protein, healthy fats, magnesium, zinc, iron, B Vitamins, Vitamins K, E, and complete protein
– Sunflower seeds are a source of healthy unsaturated fats, protein, B vitamins,Vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and iron
– Thyme is a great source of Vitamins C, E, K, B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and fiber.
– Rosemary is packed with Vitamins A & C, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese, and fiber.