Not in literal sense !!!!People associate nuts with high calories,but eat them in moderation and they are high source of protein,fiber and antioxidants.So how to reap the healthy benefits of nuts....hmmm "Moderation" is the word my friends.Instead of adding nuts to your daily diet ,use them as a replacement for foods high in saturated fat and limit the intake of these nuts to 1-2 oz per day.
Now moving on from health talk......these spicy sweet nuts are really yummy,easy to make.Serve them as appetizer in a party and they'll be an instant hit.You can also use them as a in-between-meal snack.
1 & 1/2 cup pecan halves
1 & 1/2 cup almonds
1 cup unsalted peanuts
4 tsp Salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp grated nutmeg(or nutmeg powder)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper( or red chilli powder.You can increase or decrease the amount according to how spicy you want it.)
1 tsp allspice powder
1/3 cup maple syrup ( you can also use 1-2 tsp of sugar according to how sweet you want the nuts)
1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.
2.Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray and spread the nuts .
3.Let them roast on for around 20 minutes.(Keep checking the nuts so that they don't burn.Gently stir the nuts.)
4.Take the nuts out from the oven and add Salt,Black pepper,Nutmeg,Cumin Powder,Cinnamon Powder,Cayenne Pepper,All Spice powder,Sugar(or maple syrup).Mix the spices well on the nuts and roast the nuts agin for around 10 minutes.
5.Allow to cool and store them in an airtight container.They Keep well for a month(if they don't end up in somebody's stomach before than.)
1.Instead of using 1 & 1/2 cups each of pecans and almonds,you can try 1 cup of each and add 1 cup of walnuts or cashews.
2.Great hostess gift.Store them in air tight container and decorate with a ribbon bow.I gifted these in a christmas container ,to one of my son's therapists and she loved it.