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These Spiced Nuts Are the Ultimate ‘Hangry’ Cure

One simple, customizable roasted nut recipe can solve so many kitchen problems.

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Nuts are perfect. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, they’re also tasty, portable, and versatile, all of which makes them very alluring. So alluring, in fact, that I always end up buying more than I can use up in a timely manner: pignolis for pesto, almonds for granola, pistachios for my favorite vegetarian linguine, walnuts for hot cereal, hazelnuts for homemade Nutella. Indeed, I have yet to meet a nut I didn’t like.

All these leftover nuts share my limited cupboard space with the endless packets and jars of spices I also seem unable to resist buying—and use up. Before long, this cupboard becomes so crowded with a tumble of leftover nuts and spices that it becomes difficult to close, let alone organize.  And so, I throw them all together in the simple recipe below, creating a snack that is greater than its leftover parts. When my young daughter, who loves nothing more than making a “mixture,” jumps in to help, I make sure to use an extra-large bowl so she can stir nuts and sprinkle spice with abandon (and limited mess).

You can use any combination of nuts to equal one pound, and should you have surplus seeds laying around (chia, sesame, hemp), you can throw those in, too. For the spices, I’ve provided a few variations, but these can be adjusted to taste—or to use up what’s left in your cupboard. Almost any blend of spices will work, and the resulting of combination of sweet, salty, spicy, and nutty proves to be addictive every time. Which brings me to the final problem these nuts solve: They keep my husband from getting hangry, that unmistakable frustration that results from low blood sugar. I carry them wherever we go.

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Spiced Nuts

Roasted nuts are the perfect go-anywhere snack, and can also jazz up a simple salad. Mix and match your spices to change the recipe according to your family’s tastes—they can go sweet or savory, salty or spiced. Our suggestions below are just the beginning.

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 spice mix blend (see options below)
  • 1 pound mixed nuts, unroasted and unsalted (about 3¼ cups)
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Crowd Pleaser
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or cayenne)
Happy Kids
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
Spicy Curry
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon cayenne

Steps:

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325°.

  2. Step 2

    In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and the spice combination of your choice.

  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, stir together the mixed nuts (and seeds, if using) and the egg white until all the nuts are lightly coated.

  4. Step 4

    Add the sugar-spice mix to the nuts, and stir until evenly coated.

  5. Step 5

    Pour onto a lightly oiled sheet pan (or one lined with a silicone mat) and spread into a single layer.

  6. Step 6

    Roast for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and stir so that the nuts on the edges move to the center and vice versa. Return to the oven and roast for an additional 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool.

  7. Step 7

    Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.