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Eat Well Jun. 21. 2013
Snacks

Spicy Sweet Nut & Seed Mix

Jun. 21. 2013
Snacks
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Recently I shared with you all how to make simple trail mix, Nutrition Stripped Energy Mix. Today, I share with you a recipe with some sweetness and a hint of spice, Spicy Sweet Nut & Seed Mix. This mix reminded me of honey roasted peanuts (which are way too addicting to be good for oneself) with a hint of heat and smokey-ness. This one’s sure to be a crowd pleaser and perfect for taking to BBQ’s, potlucks, gatherings with friends and families, and other parties.

You all know I’m all about having fun in the kitchen and keeping it simple. This recipe is quick to put together and to bake. Also, this is a great recipe to get kids to eat nuts and seeds (fiber, protein, healthy fat, calories, nutrients galore!) as sometimes they don’t prefer the “natural/bland” taste of nuts and seeds. You can simply use less cayenne to decrease the heat/spiciness for their enjoyment.

You may be wondering what those fun little dots are in this mix, if you aren’t, well I’m about to tell you. It’s amaranth! Amaranth is a psuedograin, similar to quinoa, as it’s technically a seed but often used and referred to as a grain. Amaranth is an amazing gluten free “grain”, it’s full of fiber, protein, lower in carbohydrate than most grains, contains higher amounts of lysine (an essential amino acid which is typically lower in plant based proteins). It also contains a variety of nutrients including vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, calcium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Not only is amaranth nutritious, it’s also versatile and tastes great.

Amaranth reminds me of grits, with a more rich nutty flavor, therefore it’s the perfect healthy alternative to grits! When cooked it becomes slightly mushy and gelatinous (wow, this is starting to sound very appetizing huh?) and holds together similar to grits. Amaranth can also be popped like popcorn, although the “kernels” are not as large as popcorn due to the smaller size of the amaranth seed, it’s still a fantastic treat. And lastly, it can be used it in making granolas and nut/seed mixes in the oven. No pre-cooking or boiling prior, this is raw amaranth seed in this recipe, which gives this nut & seed mix another crunchy texture and taste profile.

 

Spicy Sweet Nut & Seed Mix
Recipe Type: snack
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
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A slightly sweet and spicy nut and seed mix, full of crunch along with great flavor. VG GF
Ingredients
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, unsalted
  • 1 cup almonds, raw and unsalted
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, raw and unsalted
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
  • 1/4 cup brazil nuts, raw and unsalted
  • 1/4 cup amaranth
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tablespoon black strap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoon sea salt (to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup and all the spices/seasonings.
  3. Combine the nuts and seeds in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the nuts and seeds and stir until throughly coated.
  5. Using a flat cookie sheet, spread the nut mixture to ensure even toasting.
  6. Check every 5 minutes and stir.
  7. Keep an eye on this mixture, every oven setting is different and when toasting nuts and seeds they may burn very quickly!
  8. Take out of the oven and let cool (this is when it’ll start to become crisp!)
  9. Keep in an air tight bag/container at room temperature for keeping.
  10. ENJOY!

WARNING// this.is.addicting. I suggest pre-portioning out about 1/4-1/2 cup of this mix and keeping the entire batch away from you…unless you have more self-control than I around sweet things ha.

Do you like the combination of sweet and spicy? Share below how you would use this recipe in your weekly eats below! Have a wonderful day, as always, thanks for stopping by 😉

Spice up your day 😉

xo McKel

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, unsalted
  • 1 cup almonds, raw and unsalted
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, raw and unsalted
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
  • 1/4 cup brazil nuts, raw and unsalted
  • 1/4 cup amaranth
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tablespoon black strap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoon sea salt (to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup and all the spices/seasonings.
  3. Combine the nuts and seeds in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the nuts and seeds and stir until throughly coated.
  5. Using a flat cookie sheet, spread the nut mixture to ensure even toasting.
  6. Check every 5 minutes and stir.
  7. Keep an eye on this mixture, every oven setting is different and when toasting nuts and seeds they may burn very quickly!
  8. Take out of the oven and let cool (this is when it’ll start to become crisp!)
  9. Keep in an air tight bag/container at room temperature for keeping.
  10. ENJOY!

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  • Holly

    I’m eating some of this right now – it’s sooo delicious! Such a lovely recipe, thank you. I omitted the cayenne (it gives me headaches) and added a few pinches of ground red pepper flakes to taste. It’s so easy – can’t wait to share it with my family over the Christmas holidays!

    • Hi Holly,
      Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so glad you enjoy it- I actually have a bowl sitting right next to me- it’s addicting in a good way 😉

  • Robin

    Can you substitute honey for the molasses?

    • Yes, molasses gives it a nice rich and sweet taste to it in comparison with honey. You may have to double the amount if you use honey. Hope you enjoy!

  • Cherie

    Thanks for all the great recipes and inspiration! I was looking for a savory granola recipe for a salad topping so I uased this as a base and removed the sweet ingredients and added some hemp and sesame seeds. Love your idea of using amaranth here! Thanks!!!