Sunday, March 9, 2014

A bit of sweet and spice - Mix

Spicy Sweet Nutty Mix

  I just made this nut mix and let me tell was DELICIOUS! I sent some to work for my co-workers, home with my mom and some to my husbands work and it was an all around hit. I had put off making this for awhile because I feel like the price of nuts is really going up lately. However, I always forget about the hidden Gem of my local Aldees. I love Aldees and for baking needs there is none better.  I was able to purchase 3 bags of nuts for my recipe and it was under $10 dollars. This recipe also made enough to fill 3 mason jars and 1 medium size ziploc. Its a good deal and a relatively cheap snack.

  • 3 cups of un-toasted raw nuts (I use pecans, cashews and whole almonds)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups small pretzel twists (get the smallest ones possible)
The bags of nuts I bought from Aldees were over a cup each so the cups is a rough estimate.

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F degrees.
  2. Spread the nuts on a large baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes (stir at least once).
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, pepper and maple syrup. Stir in the warm nuts, making sure they get well coated, then sprinkle with the salt. Lastly, add the pretzels and give the whole mixture a good stir.
  4. Spread the mix back onto the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until the nuts are toasted. Stir it a few times while baking to prevent everything from sticking together. Let the mixture cool completely on the pan and store in an airtight container

This is relatively easy but let me tell you about how hot these are when they come out of the oven. I burned my finger on a tiny piece of pretzel so be careful. I had some mason jars leftover from my crafting at Christmas so I filled 3 large mason jars. I can't wait to do this again and possible change up the seasoning. We have a great store close to us that sells different seasonings and I might stop in there to see if I can create a jabenero mix!


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  1. Yum, this sweet and salty snack mix looks good, I am allergic to nuts, but I will have to try the cayenne and sweet mix in one of my nut free mixes, this looks great! I just started a new link-up, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up and would love to invite you to share your recipe at my linky party. :)

  2. Love sweet and salty mixes and the spicy is an added plus. Pinned. Thanks for visiting my blog...following you on bloglovin & G+.

  3. Your sweet, spicy nut mix looks mouthwatering. I will have to try it.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  4. Thank you for linking up last week at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up, I hope you stop by again this week. :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  5. Yum, I love the maple syrup and the cayenne and the pretzels... Actually, I love everything. Such a fun mix!

  6. This sounds really good - can't wait to try it - pinned.

  7. Yum, I just need some pecans and pretzel twists and I can try it out.

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