Nuts of different varieties have different health benefits but in short they are a fantastic source of protein, healthy fats and slow burning carbohydrates. Nuts are truly a great source of slow burning energy and protein. (That is before we add the sugar to them of course) Although this sweet and spicy candied nut mix has no shortage of sugar, you are also getting all of the health benefits of heart healthy nuts, which is more than you can say for a candy bar or most other treats we’re seeing this time of year. I love this sweet, spicy and savory combination, but you could use pie spice with lots of extra cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne, Old Bay Seasoning with Kelp Salt , or you could even go with herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme. The basic egg white and sugar combination is pretty versatile. Reduce the sugar as you like, but I recommend not going below one third of a cup. (Trust me, I’ve tried… and it made me pout like a toddler with mud butt.)
This recipe is an old standby. I have made a similar recipe in the past with different spices and different quantities of sugar. It’s a recipe I had scratched down in the back of one of my infamous notebooks. It is very simple to prepare and it takes only a few minutes to mix together. Sweet and Spicy Candied Nut Mix is a great homemade gift, it’s also perfect for a party table! It’s great any time of the year but I especially love it during the Autumn and Holiday seasons when there are tons of sweets and other temptations at hand. Always keep the mix stored in airtight jars. It’s important you keep the mixture from being exposed to the air because the nuts go stale and the coating can get slimy. If you are into your zombie apocalypse preparation like I am, you might have a baggy of Oxygen Absorbers laying around. (I like to save the absorbers you get in vitamins.) Toss one into the jar if you’ve got them! (This works great for homemade beef Jerky as well.) Be very careful small kids or stupid adults don’t eat them.
Sweet & Spicy Candied Nut Mix
- 2 Egg Whites
- 4 Tablespoons Clarified Butter (Ghee) or Coconut Oil
- 2/3 Cup Organic Cane Sugar or Maple Syrup Powder (See Note)
- 2 Teaspoons Organic GF Tamari Soy Sauce , Liquid Aminos , or Coconut Aminos
- 3 tablespoons Cajun or Creole Seasoning (homemade or Purchased )
- 1-2 teaspoons chili powder (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
- 1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon, Go as Liberal or Modest As You would Like
- 6 cups mixed nuts, (I Use Peanuts and Almonds) Soaked and partially dehydrated if desired
- Pre-Heat Oven to 300 Degrees. (F)
- Line one or two cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. Silicone Nonstick Baking Mats work absolutely best for this sticky, gluey mixture.
- In a VERY LARGE bowl (salad bowl, or fruit bowl) whip your egg whites with a hand mixer or whisk until they are light and frothy. (not quite a meringue)
- Mix together the whipped egg whites with melted ghee or coconut oil, sugar, soy sauce, cajun seasoning, chili powder, sea salt, and cinnamon. Stir together until it is thoroughly combined.
- Toss in nuts and mix together well to evenly coat the nuts in the egg white mixture.
- Spread the nut mixture out evenly onto the prepared baking sheets. Use two for even baking, but if you prefer to not have extra dishes shortcut and use one.
- Bake the nut mixture for 30-45 minutes. DO NOT STIR IT. It will get gritty and make a mess.
- Allow mixture to cool fully before breaking apart and storing in airtight containers.
If you are soaking your nuts you will want to soak them and begin to dehydrate them as normal. Once they are dry but not yet crispy, you can mix them with the egg white mixture and bake as directed.
Note: For this recipe use organic white sugar or Maple Syrup Powder. (Frontier brand Maple sugar) Sucanat and maple sugar are great ways to still get vitamins and minerals with your sugar but they are typically not ideal for certain baking applications where you need something fine in texture. A good shortcut is Maple Syrup Powder, it is maple sugar but it is the finest texture I have found. Additionally, when using maple sugar you can reduce the quantity from 2/3 cup to 1/2 cup or less.