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Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts

The following post was written by Amee Livingston, a member of POPSUGAR Select Food, whose delicious recipes can be found on Amee's Savory Dish.

These candied nuts are a healthier version of traditional candied nuts, with clean, natural ingredients. They make a scrumptious snack on the go for traveling or anytime you are wanting an extra protein boost. The sweet, caramelized coconut sugar with the cayenne and black pepper are a heavenly combination. Don't skip on the orange zest, either. It gives this snack mix an incredible flavor!

Keep reading for the recipe.

Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts

Ingredients:
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw whole almonds
1 cup raw whole walnuts
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest (microplane zester recommended)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 250ºF. Whisk egg white and water in a bowl until frothy. Toss nuts with egg white mixture. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper, dash cayenne pepper and whisk until sugar is melted and soft. Pour sugar mixture over nuts, add the orange zest and stir until well blended.

Spread onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to bake evenly and prevent burning.  

Cool completely and toss with cranberries.  

Store in an airtight container or package in small, single serving size, bags tied with twine.

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