Roasted Maple Tamari Nut Mix

I began making this particular recipe for the first time almost 4 years ago. Inspired by a client who was a serious snacker. She craved anything crunchy. I was extremely fortunate that she had a wonderfully curious palate. Sweet, salty, sour, spicy... she was all game and I love playing with spices that challenge me to find the balance between them all. I have to be honest though... My balance is always a little more spicy.  

I appreciate this simple snack because you just can't mess up. Unless you burn the nuts in the oven which I have done many many many times. I'm a pro-status, multi-tasker in the kitchen but when things are in the oven. PAY ATTENTION. 

Feel free to adjust the measurements of spice to your own liking. Cooking is intuitive. Cooking is feeling. Sometimes the best recipes, just like art come to life when one is feeling good and most free spirited. Have fun. Don't over-think it.

RECIPE 

  • 1 CUP Pepitas
  • 2 CUP Cashews
  • 1/2 CUP Coconut Flakes
  • 3 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 2 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TSP Himalayan Pink Salt 
  • 2/3 CUP Tamari Sauce
  • 1 CUP Maple Syrup  

Heat Oven to 450 degrees. In a bowl toss all ingredients making sure the nuts are completely covered in spice as well as the maple syrup and tamari sauce. The goal is to have the best balance of flavor and texture. After mixing, pour the nuts on a non-stick cookie sheet and roast until they turn a deep golden brown color and the texture of the liquid ingredients has turned slightly gooey. After, remove the pan from the oven. Once cool the nuts should have a hard toffee like texture and clump into clusters.

Serve them as snacks for special occasions and everyday. 

Samantha Johnson