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.