Gluten-Free Snacks: Spiced Nuts or Agave Candied Spiced Nuts

With the holidays soon approaching you may find these gluten-free snack recipes will come in handy. It’s definitely less expensive than purchasing canned nuts. These spiced nuts make a great everyday gluten-free snack, as well. Use your favorite nuts. I would have definitely added some macadamia nuts, but I was out. You can change the spices to fit your tastes, as well. For Halloween, use allspice, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon with pumpkin seeds! Mix up your gluten-free snacks with mixed nuts. Check out the two recipe versions below and have fun!

Gluten-Free Snacks: Spiced Nuts or Agave Candied Spiced Nuts

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Yield: 1 cup

Gluten-Free Snacks: Spiced Nuts or Agave Candied Spiced Nuts

Low on the glycemic index agave makes for the perfect candied nut. Spice it up a bit or not!

Ingredients:

    Optional 1:
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, etc. (Do not use flax oil, as cooking it will releases carcinogens.)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) (I didn't use any.)
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup raw pistachio nuts
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • Option 2:
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil or flax oil
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw pistachio nuts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Pinch or two of stevia (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix spices together and set aside.
  2. Add all liquid ingredients to a frying pan (preferably non-stick, if making candied walnuts), and bring to a boil (or if using just oil, warm on medium high).
  3. Add nuts and stir; sprinkle spices and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes or until agave syrup thickens, stirring constantly.
  5. Pour onto a sheet of aluminum foil (lightly greased, if making candied walnuts). Separate candied nuts before or after they harden.

You may also be interested in reading: Why Soak Nuts, Grains, Beans, Peas, Before Eating?

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