These are an ideal snack if you're craving something salty and flavorful but still want to err on the side of healthy. They also work really well as bar snacks, so stock up your mixers and have these ready for your next home happy hour.
Rosemary Spiced Nuts
3 cups mixed raw nuts such as pecans, walnuts and peanuts
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add nuts to a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add water and syrup to skillet and cook, stirring frequently until liquid is absorbed.
Transfer nuts to large bowl and add cumin and cayenne. Stir to coat the nuts, then add olive oil, salt, garlic powder and brown sugar. Stir again to make sure spices are thoroughly distributed. Add rosemary, stir, and transfer mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until nuts are fragrant but not burnt. Serve hot or room temperature.
Source: Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times