I was inspired to make this recipe after watching “The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Snacks Edition.” In the episode, Alton Brown was talking about how good the bar nuts at The Union Square Cafe was. The recipe is featured on Foodnetwork.com and is in one of Ina Garten’s cookbooks. I edited the recipe because I didn’t have fresh rosemary and because I don’t use butter. I think the end results are just as good if not better .
2 cups of nuts (I used walnuts and Oh-So-Healthy almonds from HLS )
1 tablespoon of thyme
1 tablespoon of sweet basil
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of Earth Balance (or any vegan butter subsitute)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the nuts onto a baking sheet and spread evenly. I used wax paper to line the baking sheet for easy clean up, but it’s totally optional. Also, since the nuts have oil in them, there is no need to grease the pan.
Bake the nuts for about 8 minutes or until you can smell the toasted nuts in the air.
While the nuts are in the oven, combine all the spices minus the sugar in a small bowl and make sure the spices are well mixed.
Right before the nuts come out of the oven, microwave the Earth Balance for about 15 seconds or just enough time to melt it. Mix the brown sugar into the melted Earth Balance.
Take the nuts out of the oven and carefully pour them into a large mixing bowl.
Freshly toasted nuts are the best!
Carefully pour the sugar and Earth Balance mixture on top of the nuts and then sprinkle the spice mixture on top of everything.
Then enjoy !