Thursday, January 14, 2010

Anytime Snack Mix

Back when I first made this snack mix, we were in the midst of the holiday season. It was my version of the traditional "Holiday Nut Mix", and I handed it out to friends in small bags. I then forgot about it until today.

With two weeks of living alone with my two broken wrists coming up--six days from today--I've been keeping an eye on any kind of finger food that will make my life easier. Sure, friends have offered to cook for me, but I don't really want to be a bother to anyone. Although, now that I think about it, I'd enjoy some homemade enchiladas when I get back to Paris. Got it, friends?

(Obviously I'm kidding, although enchiladas do sound pretty good. For now, I'm going to practice my right-handed chopstick skills for storytelling sessions with friends at the sushi place. You know, so I can tell them about how I just landed wrong after attempting a 360° jump with both hands behind my back. Ha. Right.)

Anyway, I'm planning on eating soup and hummus, but being able to eat finger food really makes it easier. Wait a second--cupcakes are officially a finger food! So is a chocolate bar! However,   do realize that I can't spend two weeks eating sugar, sugar, and more sugar, so I'm looking at healthier options.

This nut mix isn't really healthy per se, but not really unhealthy either. There's a minimal amount of butter and not so much sugar, and you can always say the nuts are good for you. It's a nice blend of sweet and spicy that can be appreciated at any moment of the year, not only for the holidays. I was inspired by David Lebovitz's recipe and adapted it to my tastes and what I could find in my neighborhood supermarket.

Easy to make, easy to eat. Enough to win this temporary penguin over.

Anytime Nut Mix

2 c. raw nuts of your choice - I used almonds, cashews and pecans
1 TB butter, melted
2 TB dark brown sugar
1 TS cinnamon
1 TS mild chili powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 1/2 TB maple syrup
1 1/2 TS large sea salt, such as fleur de sel
1 c. mini pretzel twists or normal pretzels broken into pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

Toast nuts for 10 minutes, stirring twice.
In a medium bowl, stir spices, melted butter and maple syrup together. Fold in nuts and stir until coated. Add salt.

Add pretzels, mix and spread on a baking sheet. Return to oven for 15 minutes or until toasted without being burnt, stirring twice.

Remove from oven and cool, making sure no clumping occurs. Mix can be stored one week in a glass jar or any other airtight container.

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Barbara said...

My daughter broke one wrist, followed by the other a year later. Both from falls on the ice. Can't imagine how you are dealing with both. I stayed and helped her until she could handle work and her life reasonably well.
One was much worse than the other and she had to have plates inserted. They were finally removed. She is still needing physical therapy a couple years later. What in heaven's name did you do to yourself?
Anyway, your snack mix is similar to one I make for my daughter when she comes home, but using only almonds. The next time I make it, I'll add some other things!

grace said...

"temporary penguin"--ha. i'm not laughing at you, of course, but WITH you. :)
meanwhile, tasty mix--i love the spices and the simple fact that maple syrup is involved.

Paris Pastry said...

I've been eating way too many nuts as it is this past week and now I come here and see another must-try recipe!

Btw, just wanted to let you know I have an award for you over at my blog. If your blog is award free or you choose not to participate, no worries - just my way of saying I enjoy your blog!

Have a lovely weekend!