Nuts To You

Healthy snacks for ourselves, our kids and our guests can seem daunting especially when store shelves are filled with factory made convenience foods. But, if you’re looking to avoid the convenience trap, try this take on roasted nuts.

All foods have several different flavor profiles. Certainly raw would be first. But one of the next is roasting. Roasting alters the flavor and is immensely appealing to our taste buds. The roasting option can be enhanced by adding other flavors.

With this simple recipe for Herb Roasted Nuts you can easily see how the flavor profile can be broadened with other ingredients.

Herb Roasted Nuts

3 cups whole, unbalanced raw almonds

1 1/2 cups whole walnuts, or pecans (oh heck, or both)

1 1/2 Tbl chopped fresh thyme, or other herb

1 Tbl brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 Tbl unsalted butter, melted

Optional - pinches of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375

Line your largest baking sheet with foil. Add nuts and roast for 10 to 12 minutes stirring once halfway through.

While these are roasting blend all other ingredients in a large bowl. When nuts are done pour out into bowl and toss with the other ingredients. Allow to cool, serve!

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