About a month ago I had a last-minute guest come for lunch. After throwing a few things together for lunch, I wanted to create something special to snack on. Since I was crunched for time, roasted nuts popped into my mind.
From the few roasted nuts recipes I made before, I knew they were quick and easy to make. However, I didn’t want to make any ordinary roasted nut, but something full of flavor that would stand out.
I thought of Averie and her love of a Chili Lime Nut she found in Mexico and Trader Joe’s. Since I have neither been to Mexico or bought Chili Lime Nuts at Trader Joe’s, I have no idea what those versions taste like. But…I think the way they disappear of the plate makes me believe they turned out pretty well.
~These nuts are very simple to make and take less than five minutes to prep. Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and sugar-free.
- 4 cups raw mixed nuts (can use just one type of nut as well. I used a mix of walnuts, almonds, and peanuts)
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- dash hot sauce, optional to taste
- Preheat oven to 400*.
- Toss all ingredients together an spread on a baking sheet. Hot sauce is optional, but if you like extra spicy things you might want to add a few splashes.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. You will know if they're done by the smell and the way the crackle. They should be golden-brown.
The tang of the lime and salt combined with the spicy chili powders make them highly addictive-you are warned!
These make the perfect gift. I gave these to my friends and neighbors for Christmas this year by packaging them in a glass jar (a recycled and cleaned jelly jar to be exact), decorating with a bow, and hand-drawing a label on top. This would also make a fabulous New Year’s gift!
- Lime: This citrus is full of vitamin C and can help aid in digestion. The acids in this fruit can help break down the food molecules in your stomach, making it easier for your digestive system. The vitamin C also helps you have healthier eyes.
- Nuts: Rich in fiber, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. They are also high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which can help lower cholesterol. They also might help reduce your risk of heart disease. The fats can also keep your skin healthy and your hair shiny!
- Chili: This spicy food can help lower blood sugar levels, improve heart health, reduce inflammation, helps clear congestion, and aids in digestion.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What are your favorite flavored nuts? Do you roast your own or buy store bought?