A Sweet and Spicy Mix & 16 Nutso Other Snacks

August 10, 2015

We're the kind of people who have to eat every three hours, and Pure Leaf Iced Tea is here to help with that.

Today: Go nuts for nuts—and this sweet and spicy mix. 

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A nut haiku:

butter, cookiescake
we are nutso about you
also in haikus

It's true, we're nuts about nuts. Sometimes, spoonfuls of nut butter eaten straight from the jar will suffice. But other times—perhaps when we're feeling a little more ambitious and/or civilized—a sandwich with rosemary-chocolate bread, seedy crackers, or a banana cake is just the snack we need. And if we're feeling like mixing things up—which we generally are—this sweet and spicy nut mix is one of the best things an oven can bake. Here are 17 absolutely nutty snacks (including a recipe).

From the peanut gallery. 

Nutter Butters by Hillary Pollack 
Toasted Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich on Rosemary Chocolate Bread by indieculinary
Peanut Butter & Jelly Streusel Muffins by Posie Harwood 
Dark Chocolate and Coconut Bliss Bites by we eat. happy.


Have an almond, or a few.

    Almond Coffee Cake by Sarah Jampel
Hippie Crispy Treats by Alanna 
Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates, and Almonds by Amanda Hesser 
Almond Butter, Dark Chocolate & Coconut Cookies by Sarah | strawberryplum


Just a little seeduction.

Peter Reinhart's Crispy Rye and Seed Crackers by Nicholas Day
Black Sesame Banana Cake with Peanut Butter by Sarah Jampel
Honey-Almond Sesame Cookies by OliveandPearl's
Five Minute, No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars by Gena Hamshaw


Get wild: Mix it up. 

Trail Mix by Merrill Stubbs
Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix by drbabs
How to Make Snack Mix Without a Recipe, Savory or Sweet by Sarah Jampel
Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola by Genius Recipes

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Makes about 2 cups 

1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw almonds
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon New Mexican green chile powder
1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

What's a recipe you're nuts about? Tell us in the comments below!

Photos by Bobbi Lin, James Ransom, Mark Weinberg, and Posie Harwood (muffins) 

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  • AntoniaJames
  • Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
    Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
I fall in love with every sandwich I ever meet.


AntoniaJames August 10, 2015
These Wildcard winners (which Food52 made and gave as corporate holiday gifts back when its offices were on Willow St. in Brooklyn); ;o)
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Riddley G. August 10, 2015
Yes! Such a wonderful recipe.