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Healthy Snacking: Sweet Spiced Walnuts

I’m always looking for healthy nibbles to take the place of chips when we’re having a party or hanging out in front of the TV. Spiced nuts fit the bill – and they’re also great to have on hand to add to salads. These sweet, spicy walnuts are high in fiber, protein and vitamin E, and turn a bin of spring greens, roasted beets and goat cheese into something spectacular drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. They’re also perfect to package up for a quick gift, or to munch from the bowl while watching a movie.

Sweet Spiced Walnuts

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp olive oil or other mild vegetable oil
2 cups walnut halves
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp ground cumin
pinch cayenne pepper or red chili flakes

In a large skillet, heat honey, oil, and 1 tablespoon water over medium-high heat. Add the walnuts and toss to coat.

Sprinkle the sugar, salt, cumin and cayenne over the nuts. Cook, stirring until the nuts are well coated, golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.

Serves 8.

You can find Julie’s recipes and ideas at her blog, Dinner with Julie. You can also join her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or find more of her posts at the Family Kitchen.

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