Sweet-Spicy Soaked Nuts

Here’s a quick recipe for spicy and sweet candied nuts. A holiday (or any time of year) treat, and makes a great gift!

Start with our soaked-brined nuts technique/recipe.

For a vegan variation, you could use coconut yogurt instead of egg whites. We have found if using coconut cream/milk, that it turns out gooier and stickier (think “Cracker Jack”),versus a drier coated texture with egg whites.


Soaked Sweet/Salty Nuts
Recipe type: Snack
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Yield: 1 lb.
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. (450g) soaked nuts
  • 1 egg white or 2 Tbsp. coconut cream or coconut milk (for vegan)
  • 1 Tbsp. (15ml) water
  • ¼ cup /60g by weight brown sugar
  • ½ cup (235ml) /100g by weight raw white sugar
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 5 tsp. (25ml) red pepper powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Mix egg white or coconut milk/cream and water. Stir together. If using egg white, whip until thick foam develops. If using coconut cream, simply mix together (mixture will not foam).
  3. Add nuts and coat with mixture.
  4. Combine sugars, salt, cinnamon and red pepper powder in a separate bowl and stir to remove lumps and ensure a consistent mixture.
  5. Add dry mixture to the nuts and coat thoroughly.
  6. Layer nuts on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
  7. Bake 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool, then break up into bite sized pieces.
  9. Store in airtight jars.

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*Adapted from a smitten kitchen recipe.

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