Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

I’m not ashamed to admit I like Doritos, Cheetos, and YES, even Fritos. I’d hazard a guess I’d love anything with tons of salt and “-tos” at the end. But when it comes to UNsalted snack food, what are the options?? Bearitos unsalted tortilla chips, which do meet the “-tos” requirement, but whose nakedness won’t lead to finger licking. There ARE the dazzling salt free flavored Terra Chips, but I can’t get my hands on them easily. Newman’s Own No Butter/No Salt 94% Fat Free Organic Popcorn, but you take out the salt and fat and it only takes me *so far*. When the rest of my family’s inhaling Doritos, it’s hard not to feel a little deprived. WELL, FRIENDS. no more. If you’re longing to add some PIZAZZ back into your unsalted snacking, get a load of today’s dish! Instead of the same old plain jane salt free nuts, you get THIS. (cue Hallelujah choir)

Crunchy, a little sweet, with a spicy kick from the cayenne, these are every bit as fantabulous as a bag of Doritos. So good, in fact, they could easily be called Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuttos.  But let’s leave them their dignity.  Recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchens Favorite Recipes.

Yields 2 cups or 8- 1/4 c. servings.

SODIUM CONTENT: 17 mg per 1/4 c. serving


1 large egg white
3 T. brown sugar
2 t. dried oregano
3/4 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/4 t. (heaping) ground cayenne pepper
pinch ground cloves
2 c. unsalted mixed nuts


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Get out a rimmed baking sheet and line with parchment or aluminum foil.

Whisk the egg white, brown sugar, oregano, ground coriander and cumin, cayenne pepper and cloves in a small mixing bowl, until well combined and a little foamy. Add the mixed nuts and toss until evenly coated.

Spread the nuts out in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Place the sheet on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, removing the pan and stirring the nuts every 15 minutes, then returning to the oven. At the end of the baking time, remove sheet from oven and set aside to cool. Nuts will crisp as they dry and cool, so let them cool fully before removing from the sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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