Oven Roasted Nuts

I have been dying to make some bomb oven roasted nuts!  Needless to say, I’ve really been looking forward to writing this post, and creating some fun and tasty recipes.  A couple years ago, I found a trail mix at Costco from Sahale Snacks, and I fell in love with it.  The particular flavor was their Soledad, with almonds, apples, flax seed, date, balsamic vinegar, and cayenne pepper.  My favorite parts were the apples and the cayenne pepper.  It’s such a unique and amazing flavor combination.  Unfortunately, Sahale Snacks and kind of hard to find, and the selection is limited.  They aren’t always at Costco, and when they are, it’s usually the newest flavor.  I’ve found them at Safeway in the organic food section, but the packs are small and expensive.  (By the way, their website is definitely worth checking out, especially since they’ve added a recipe and idea section – which looks amazing.)

This week, the oven roasted nuts will serve as a base for recipes to come, such as trail mixes and granola bars.  The best part about this is you can dream up as many flavor combinations as you want, and test them out.  There’s some measuring to this recipe, but after that, it’s a dump and bake, which makes it pretty easy.  We have three recipes for you to try below.  And then after that, experiment to your heart’s content!

You want to start out with nuts that are raw and unsalted.  Jeff and I popped down to our local health food store and hit the bulk section.  This is a cheaper way of picking up nuts, which are often expensive.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Rosemary-Chili Almonds

1/2 pound of unsalted, raw almonds

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

8 servings, 210 calories, 19.3 g fat, 6.6 g carbs, 3.6 g dietary fiber, 6.1 g protein, 2 mg sodium

oven roasted nuts

oven roasted nuts

Add almonds and olive oil to a mixing bowl.

oven roasted nuts

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

oven roasted nuts

oven roasted nuts

Coat a baking sheet with tin foil, and spray with non stick spray.  Add the nut mixture to the baking sheet.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

oven roasted nuts

Smokey-Maple Pecans

1/2 pound of unsalted, raw pecans

1/4 cup maple syrup

12 drops liquid smoke

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2  teaspoon salt

8 servings, 227 calories, 21 g fat, 10.5 g carbs, 2.7 g dietary fiber, 2.6 g protein, 148 mg sodium

Add all ingredients into a small sauce pan at medium temperature, and cook until liquid comes together.

oven roasted nuts

oven roasted nuts

Add pecans to a medium sized mixing bowl, and add the liquid.

oven roasted nuts

oven roasted nuts

Mix well, and transfer to a foil and non-stick spray coated baking sheet.

oven roasted nuts

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

oven roasted nuts

What’s your favorite nut?  Let us know in the comments section.  We really appreciate all of you, and we love to hear from you.

Tune in next week for a sweet and spicy walnut.  Until then, stay happy and healthy SPFers!

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