Sweet & Spicy Sleighride Snacks

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A savvy street vendor used to roast nuts right outside the building I worked in so every time someone opened the door, that toasty, delicious smell would waft enticingly inside. At lunchtime, there I’d be – waiting in line to buy freshly roasted nuts, served in a paper cone that warmed my hands on cold days.

I’d never thought about roasting nuts at home until I saw this recipe last winter. Turns out – it’s really easy and the spiciness makes these even better than the ones I used to buy. After my husband & I munched down the first batch, I made several more to give as gifts. There’s a good chance of repeat roastings this holiday season. One of our friends has already dropped hints about “those yummy nuts you made last year.” The recipe is simple, healthy, and your house will smell wonderful while everything’s roasting in the oven. It’s a great snack to serve at parties or a hearty trail mix for chilly winter outings. And packaged with decorative, personalized labels, it makes a sweet (and spicy) gift.

Spice Mix:
• 1-1/2 tsp sugar
• 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
• 1-1/2 tsp sweet paprika
• 1 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder
• 1/4 tsp ground allspice

Nut Mix:
• 2 cups raw cashews
• 2 cups dried banana chips
• 1 cup raw pecans
• 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
• 3 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine all Spice Mix ingredients in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix together nuts & banana chips and coat with olive oil. Add Spice Mix, stirring until well distributed over nuts & banana chips. Spread onto two baking sheets and bake (stirring occasionally) for 25-30 minutes, or until nuts begin to brown. Sprinkle with salt, if desired, and cool on baking sheets. Store in an airtight container.

Tip: Bulk bins at a supermarket will probably offer the best prices on raw nuts. (based on Cayenne-Spiced Roasted Nuts recipe from Vegetarian Times Jan/Feb 2011 issue)

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Bobbi works as a designer and production manager at My Own Labels. When she’s not working on new designs or styling customer orders Bobbi enjoys hiking, yoga, making pizza and all kinds of crafty things.

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