Make Ahead

Coconut, Curry & Lime Snack Mix

June 14, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Makes about 2 cups
Author Notes

My ideal road trip snack is something that’s portable, easily eaten out of hand, and not terribly bad for you but not too virtuous either (sorry carrot sticks, you don't make the cut). Bonus points for anything that pulls off the trifecta of salty-sweet-spicy. And most importantly, it has to be easy to make because I'm usually too busy doing laundry at midnight and getting things ready to go to spend much time in the kitchen. The glazing method for the nuts is adapted from the Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe cookbook. Feel free to use other types of nuts and adjust seasonings to taste, though I highly recommend the dried cherries and apricots. Their sweet-tartness is perfect against the warm spices. —EmilyC

What You'll Need
  • 1 ¼ cups raw, unsalted mixed nuts (I like cashews, almonds, pepitas)
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, chopped in bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3/4 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1¼ tsp sweet curry powder
  • ½ tsp Aleppo pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or dark rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or equivalent amount of vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp finely grated lime zest (from 1 large lime or 2 small ones)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees with oven rack in middle position. Line sheet pan with parchment paper and spread nuts in even layer; toast 4 minutes, shake and rotate pan, and continue to toast until fragrant and the color has darkened slightly, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer cookie sheet with nuts to wire cooling rack. Once cooled, toss in dried cherries, apricots, and coconut. (I like my coconut untoasted, but toast it with the nuts if you prefer.)
  2. Meanwhile, make spice mix by combining sea salt, curry powder, Aleppo pepper, cumin, and ginger in a medium bowl (one large enough to hold the fruit and nuts once combined); set aside.
  3. To make the glaze, bring bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, lime zest, and butter to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Stir in toasted nuts and fruit and cook, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until nuts are shiny and almost all liquid has evaporated, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer glazed fruit and nut mixture to bowl with spices; toss well to evenly coat. Adjust level of heat and other spices to taste. Return mixture to parchment-lined sheet pan; spread in an even layer and let cool. Snack mix can be stored in an airtight container for about a week.

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  • Taylor Stanton
    Taylor Stanton
  • JanetFL
  • Hilarybee
  • creamtea
  • healthierkitchen

Recipe by: EmilyC

I'm a home cook. I love salads. Two things you'll always find in my refrigerator are lemons and butter, and in my pantry good quality chocolate and the makings for chocolate chip cookies.

12 Reviews

Taylor S. November 13, 2019
I wanted to like this more than I actually do, but it isn't bad! Just doesn't align with what I had envisioned the recipe being. The flaky sea salt is an excellent addition to the sweet/spicy/savory/boozy mix, and the textures are all wonderful too.
JanetFL July 8, 2013
Forget this snack for a road trip - it sounds like the perfect snack for hiking, fly-fishing, ATV-ing trips! Thanks, Emily!
EmilyC July 9, 2013
Thanks Janet! I know it makes a good snack -- and I've eaten plenty at my desk (dangerous stuff to have so close) -- but sadly I haven't taken it anywhere so cool! : )
Hilarybee June 20, 2013
Wonderful recipe! Saved. Can't wait to try it.
EmilyC June 20, 2013
Thanks Hilarybee! I'd love to know what you think if you try it!
creamtea June 19, 2013
Just yum.
EmilyC June 19, 2013
Thanks creamtea! It's addictive!
healthierkitchen June 15, 2013
Great combination! This is my kind of road snack.
EmilyC June 16, 2013
Thanks hk! This and an icy cold diet coke is pretty much snack bliss to me!
healthierkitchen June 17, 2013
yup! We usually stop for meals when we road trip (part of the fun) so our car snacks are just that...snacks, like this.
hardlikearmour June 14, 2013
Gotta love the trifecta of salty-sweet-spicy!
EmilyC June 15, 2013
Yep! : )