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Homemade Mixed Nut Snack

Homemade Mixed Nut Snack recipe

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There’s something undeniably satisfying about a homemade snack mix, especially when it’s a healthier option. My latest creation combines pecans, cashews, almonds, and dried cranberries with a delightful mixture of honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and cinnamon. This mix is perfect for an upcoming trip or just to have on hand for a tasty and nutritious snack.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of pecans
  • 1 bag of cashews
  • 1 bag of almonds
  • 1 bag of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). This will ensure it’s ready when you need to toast the nuts.
  2. Prepare the Baking Sheet: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This makes cleanup easier and prevents the nuts from sticking.
  3. Combine the Nuts: In a large mixing bowl, combine the pecans, cashews, and almonds. Set the dried cranberries aside for later.
  4. Melt and Mix: In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until well combined.
  5. Coat the Nuts: Pour the coconut oil mixture over the nuts. Use a spatula or your hands to mix thoroughly, ensuring all the nuts are evenly coated.
  6. Spread and Bake: Spread the coated nuts evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure even toasting. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  7. Add the Cranberries: After baking, let the nuts cool for a few minutes. Once they are slightly cooled but still warm, mix in the dried cranberries. This will help the cranberries adhere slightly to the nuts without baking them, preserving their texture and flavor.
  8. Cool Completely: Allow the entire mixture to cool completely on the baking sheet. The coating will harden as it cools, giving the nuts a delightful crunch.
  9. Store: Once completely cooled, transfer the nut mix to an airtight container. They can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks, making them a perfect snack for your upcoming trip.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I use other nuts or dried fruits?

Absolutely! Feel free to substitute or add your favorite nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts. You can also experiment with other dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, or dried blueberries.

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How do I prevent the nuts from burning?

To prevent burning, stir the nuts halfway through baking and keep a close eye on them during the last few minutes. Every oven is different, so adjust the baking time as necessary.

Can I make this mix without honey?

Yes, you can substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for honey if you prefer a vegan option or different flavor profile.

How long will this nut mix stay fresh?

Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, this nut mix will stay fresh for up to two weeks. For longer storage, you can refrigerate or freeze them.

Can I add spices or other flavorings?

Certainly! Feel free to experiment with different spices like nutmeg, ginger, or a pinch of cayenne pepper for a bit of heat. You can also add a splash of bourbon or rum for a more complex flavor.

Cooking Notes and Variations:

  • Spicier Mix: For those who enjoy a kick, add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the coconut oil mixture.
  • Sweeter Mix: If you prefer a sweeter snack, increase the honey to 3/4 cup or add a tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • Crunchier Texture: For a crunchier texture, bake the nuts for an additional 5 minutes, but keep a close eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Additional Seeds: Add a handful of chia seeds, flaxseeds, or sunflower seeds for extra nutrients and texture.

Keto and Low-Carb Version:

To make this recipe keto-friendly, replace the honey with a keto-approved sweetener such as erythritol or stevia. Ensure the dried cranberries are unsweetened or replace them with a lower-carb option like unsweetened coconut flakes.

This homemade mixed nut snack is not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to store-bought glazed nuts. Perfect for trips, office snacks, or a quick pick-me-up during the day, this mix offers a satisfying crunch with a hint of sweetness and spice. Customize it to your liking and enjoy the delightful combination of flavors. Happy snacking!