A tasty, healthy snack made with lots of warming spices a great Autumnal and seasonal treat. Cider & Spice Roasted Nuts are a great make-ahead snack that helps to fuel brain & body. Spices have blood sugar balancing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties.
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Cider & Spice Roasted Nuts
PREHEAT oven to 180C/ 350F
LINE a baking sheet with parchment paper.
IN A BOWL mix all ingredients together well to ensure nuts are coated – if they look a little dry add a little more cider or maple and mix again.
SPREAD out on a lined baking sheet in a single layer.
ROAST in preheated oven 7mins
TURN nuts with a spatula, roast another 2-4mins until lightly brown; watch closely they can burn easily.
SERVE warm or leave to cool on the sheet pan.
STORE in an airtight container, I store all my nuts in the freezer, both raw and roasted.
LOW FODMAP + IBS choose which nuts are best for you different nuts affect people differently.
BOTANICAL BENEFITS Good healthy fats are fuel for brain and body. The spices have many warming, blood sugar balancing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties.
SUBSTITUTE APPLE CIDER for citrus juice.
SPICES Use whatever you like but be careful with turmeric; it will stain fingers and fabrics.
MAKE AHEAD and double the batch and freeze.
STORAGE I store all my nuts in the freezer to ensure they taste fresh. Nuts are full of healthful oils, and these oils are volatile and can turn rancid quickly, nuts are expensive, so I think the freezer space they take up is worth it.
MAPLE SUGARING at Meeting House Farm in Maine ~ pictured in the photo gallery. Maple Sugaring is the process of boiling the sugar maple tree sap down to make maple syrup.