These are dangerous to have in the house.
Crunchy, crispy, sweet, warmly spiced and lightly salted… in other words: insanely addictive.
The egg white combined with both brown sugar and evaporated cane juice creates a wonderfully crunchy crisp coating to the roasted nuts. The flavor and aroma of these roasted mixed nuts is reminiscent of the classic cinnamon and sugar toast I was so fond of as a kid. A touch of salt balances out the sugar, creating the perfect antidote to a sweet/salty craving.
I’ve brought these Cinnamon & Sugar Roasted Mixed Nuts to a few holiday parties so far this season, but am planning on making a big batch for us to snack on at home.
I would like to experiment with different spice variations. A few that come to mind:
- cayenne pepper & cumin
- chili powder (either ancho or chipotle) & maple syrup
- garam masala
- nutmeg, cinnamon, & cloves
- peanut butter & honey <– I’m especially excited about this one!
You can also play around with the types of nuts used in the mix. Macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, and walnuts would all be delicious substitutions. I might even toss some seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds etc.) in with the nuts next time!
Cinnamon & Sugar Roasted Mixed Nuts
- 3/4 cup raw pecans
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1 egg white
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar (I used golden, but light or dark would work just as well)
- 2 Tbsp evaporated cane juice or granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until foamy and thick, about 1 minute. Add the nuts and stir until they are evenly coated.
- In a small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients (brown sugar through salt) until well-mixed.
- Pour the cinnamon & sugar mixture into the bowl with the nuts, and stir until the nuts are evenly coated.
- Spread the coated nuts in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the nuts at 250°F for 60 minutes, stirring about every 20 minutes.
- Let nuts cool completely before storing in an air-tight container. If they make it that far ;).
Do you have a favorite spice combination for roasted nuts?