This roasted spiced nuts recipe is a healthy snack guaranteed to fill your home with the sweet and spicy smell of cinnamon sugar.
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The Real Hometown Hero
My first "real job" as a teenager breaking away from the baby sitting game was working at a fruit stand at the local farmer's market.
It was truly a dream job from which I received a group of wonderful friends, a daily bounty of free fruit, and the most amazing smells.
I vividly remember the day the roasted nut stand moved in to the market.
It felt like Christmas in July not only because of the swarms of people lined up at the new, pink stand on the corner, but because of the warm smell of cinnamon and sugar that filled the place.
So yes, you could call these roasted spiced nuts the real hometown hero of Olympia, Washington.
How to Make Roasted Spiced Nuts
While I never worked up the courage to actually ask the ladies operating this stand for their recipe, I think I've cracked the code as far as roasted spiced nuts go.
I'm using a blend of nuts I'm not allergic to (in the interest of not dying) but feel free to use whatever nuts you can eat or the ones you love most.
Also, I'm quite certain these ladies were using real butter for these, but trust me when I say that substituting coconut oil (get my fav organic coco oil here) will not compromise smell or flavor.
It just helps in making you feel the tiniest bit more healthy while chowing down on a bowl.
Let's Talk Spices
It goes without saying that cinnamon and sugar are major players in this lineup. You really could leave things there spice wise and have a room full of happy snackers.
That said, spices are where you get to give the roasted spiced nuts a hit of your personality.
I went with some nutmeg to ramp up the nutty flavor and pepper and cayenne for heat. But you can really take this in your own direction depending on the mood / crowd you're cooking for.
Here are some other spice ideas you could venture towards:
- star anise
- skip the sweet altogether and use your favorite savory seasoning (old bay, taco, etc.)