This sweet and salty snack is a simple cure for hunger pains. It travels well, and it only takes about 10 minutes to make (and 30 minutes to cool). I took advantage of the cool-down time by loading up my car and organizing my carry-on bag (making a perfect spot for this snack).
These nuts have just started warming up in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron is a joy to use in the kitchen because of the way it holds and evenly distributes heat. I use them for everything!
Toasted Nut Mix with Flax and Honey:
- 1 tiny handful of walnuts
- 1 tiny handful of cashews
- 1 tiny handful of pumpkin seeds
- 1 tiny handful of almonds
- 1 sprinkling of pine nuts
- 1.5 tsp. of coconut oil
- 1 spoonful of local honey
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1 small handful of hemp seed hearts
- 1.5 tbs. of flax meal (optional)
- 2 pinches of salt
- Begin by warming a skillet on the stove on low-medium heat. While the skillet warms, set out a small salad plate with a piece of parchment paper on top (this is where the nuts will cool).
- Once the pan is warm, toss the walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and pine nuts into the skillet.
- While the nuts toast, put the coconut oil, honey, and nutmeg in a small dish. Mix them together with a fork.
- Once you can smell the roasting nuts and a light brown hue has appeared on the pine nuts and cashews, turn the heat to low.
- Scoop the oil-honey-nutmeg mixture into the skillet, and stir for a few seconds until all the nuts are coated. Immediately sprinkle the hemp seed hearts and flax meal on top. Stir again over the heat (the honey should start to smell wonderful), leaving the newly coated nuts on the heat only for 30-60 seconds. The goal is for the nuts to be glazed by the oil and honey, with hemp seed bits stuck to them. The flax seed meal should be pretty much invisible.
- Put the nuts on the parchment paper, and sprinkle salt all over.
- Allow the nuts to cool completely. Then pack them in a little baggy or container.
I did not take any time to spread the nuts out on the parchment paper because I wanted them to cool into crunchy little clusters.