By Hello Natural
Seeking out fats in foods is a pretty new concept to most Americans. Since, well, forever, we've been told that fats are the enemy, but monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (a.k.a. MUFAs and PUFAs) are good fats that are a source of energy and essential fatty acids your body can't produce on its own. There are many quick and easy ways to get more good fats throughout the day, even at snack time. Grab a handful of this nut mix—it's sweet, filling and packed with good fats.
Photos of Chai-Spiced Nut Mix recipe:
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 3.5 cups
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, melted
2 cups raw mixed nuts (walnuts, cashews, almonds and pecans work best)
1/4 cup brown sugar, or equivalent amount sugar substitute, to taste
2 teaspoons cardamom
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
3/4 cup dried banana chips (unsulphured)
3/4 cup coarse coconut flakes
Heat oven to 350°. Place maple syrup and melted I Can't Believe It's Not Butter in a large bowl and stir together. Toss nuts in the mixture to coat well. Mix in brown sugar and spices, and toss again to coat nuts well.
Pour mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until nuts are golden and fragrant, being careful not to overbake.
Remove nuts from oven and let cool 5 minutes. When cool, pour into a new large bowl and mix in coconut flakes and banana chips. Serve immediately and store leftovers in airtight containers at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.
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