Homemade Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix

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This trail mix recipe is just a beauty – super simple, SO quick to make, and tastes absolutely like more everytime. Nuts (all kinds!) are absolute powerhouses of nutritional benefits – packed full of heart healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, fibre and protein, as well as vital vitamins and minerals. For example, almonds are a good source of Vitamin E (good for our skin), while walnuts are a key source of our plant omega-3 (alpha linoleic acid for the nerds out there!), and Brazil nuts give us a solid dose of selenium, important for thyroid function. The beauty of making your own trail mix is that you can find a flavour and combination YOU love – everyone has a favourite nut right? Mine is probably cashew but it’s a toughie!

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Recipe (Makes 1 batch)

Ingredients

  • ΒΌ tsp mild chili powder
  • Β½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 200g mixed unsalted nuts

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C (fan oven).
  2. Add the nuts to a bowl, drizzle the olive oil on top, and stir to coat the nuts in it.
  3. Add the spices – cinnamon, chili powder and paprika, and stir again to coat the nuts.
  4. Add the honey, and stir again to mix it in.
  5. Pop the nuts onto a baking tray, and roast for 10 minutes until golden brown, stirring halfway.
  6. Allow to cool before storing in a tupper-ware or bowl.

Enjoy guys! Tag me @theirishbalance and @healthyucd if you try this recipe out!

Ciara πŸ™‚ x

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