Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Spiced Nuts

Looking for something to help keep you away from the truffles and sugar cookies? Try these holiday spiced nut recipes for a healthful alternative. They also make great gifts!


Five large human epidemiological studies, including the Nurses Health Study, the Iowa Health Study, the Adventist Health Study and the Physicians Health Study, all found that nut consumption is linked to a lower risk for heart disease. Researchers who studied data from the Nurses Health Study estimated that substituting nuts for an equivalent amount of carbohydrate in an average diet resulted in a 30% reduction in heart disease risk. Researchers calculated even more impressive risk reduction--45%--when fat from nuts was substituted for saturated fats (found primarily found in meat and dairy products).


SPICED NUTS

2 tbsp. butter, melted 30 mL

1/4 c. liquid honey 60 mL

1 tsp. ground cinnamon 5 mL

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 2 mL

pinch of ground allspice

pinch of ground cloves

3/4lb. assorted unsalted nuts (almonds,

Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecan halves, peanuts.)

Melt butter and honey, then add spices and mix. Add nuts, stir to coat and spread onto greased cookie sheet.

Stirring every five minutes, roast coated nuts in 325 F (160 C) oven until evenly coated, about 15 minutes. Remove, cool completely.


Honeyed Almonds

spiced nutsThese almonds have the sweetness of honey, with a touch of heat.

Ingredients

- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cups whole almonds

Over very low heat, heat oil in a frying pan and add honey, stir until well mixed. Add spices and heat for 5 minutes, allowing the spices to scent the honey. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 325F for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely and break into pieces.

Spiced Pecans

spiced nutsPerfect for someone who likes a bit of heat!

- 1 teaspoon chili
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 t Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 to 1/2 t hot sauce
- 3 cups pecan halves

Mix spices in skillet. Stir in oil and sauces. Cook over very low heat for 5 minutes. Mix pecans and spice mixture together in a bowl. Toss to coat. Sprinkle onto a baking pan and bake at 325F for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.

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