Roast spiced nuts make a beautiful snack if you’re looking for something healthy to replace crisps or other commercial snacks. They’re easy to make, keep well and will sustain you far longer than a packet of potato crisps or sugary commercial roasted nuts. Often people avoid nuts because they think they are too calorie laden. This is totally wrong headed. Nuts contain all the natural oils that the human body not only needs but will help it burn body fat. The oils are good for your skin, your heart, your digestion – the list is endless. Plus, a handful of nuts will satisfy hunger far longer than other nutrient poor snacks. Just take care not to have the oven too high – somewhere in between gas mark 3 and 4 is perfect and no longer than 15 mins, turning half way through – or you will destroy those good oils.
1/2 lb hazelnuts
1/2 lb almonds
The spice mix can be varied according to personal taste but these are the ones I used:-
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chilli or smoked chilli
1/2 tsp ground star anise
Roast each batch of nuts seperately; place them in a bowl and add 1/2 tsp of the spice mix, 1/2 tsp good salt and 1 tbsp good oil and turn it through until all the nuts are evenly coated. Spread them out in a single layer on baking tray and roast at the temperature above for 15 mins, turning half way through. Repeat with the other nuts, allow to cool and mix together. Store them in an air tight jar in the cupboard. They are fantastic for lunch boxes (or whenever you’re passing the cupboard!)