Everyone can agree that nuts, on their own, are a healthy, relatively guilt-free snack. However, for how long can one rely on a simple handful of unadulterated pecan and almonds to satisfy a 3:00 PM hunger pang? I am sure there are people out there who never tire of the simple pleasure of plain old raw nuts, but I am not one of those people.
The good news is that, with very few ingredients added to those nuts, and with a mere 10 minutes of oven time, your wholesome, late afternoon pick-me-up can be dressed up into something that, while still healthy, also boasts the added benefit of being incredibly delicious.
Four ingredients: nuts, honey, rosemary, and sea salt. If you are feeling like you need a bit more of a kick, a hefty pinch of cayenne pepper is always a welcome addition.
Your 3:00 PM snack is now so much more than a mere answer to your growling stomach. It’s mildly sweet, savory, and salty, and it’s a great way to make sure that a healthy snack never wears out its welcome.
Savory, Salty, & Sweet Nuts
1-1.5 cups of assorted nuts
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons of honey
1/8-1/4 teaspoons flaky sea salt (depending on how salty you like things)
Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper or ground chipotle pepper
Roast nuts in a 350 degree oven for roughly 7-10 minutes (enough to color the nuts, but not brown them entirely), then set them aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Heat honey in a saucepan over medium-high heat, just until it begins to boil (this will take very little time, so watch it carefully). Immediately remove saucepan from heat, then add in the nuts, rosemary, and salt (and, if using, cayenne or chipotle). Toss with a heatproof spoon or spatula until evenly coated. Remove from saucepan and allow to cool before eating. The nuts are fabulous when they are cooled until only slightly warm, but they can also be enjoyed as a crispier snack when they have cooled entirely.