The Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse is all about cooking healthy, whole foods, and trying new recipes to keep you excited about cooking. For Dave and I, this has been the “reset” button we needed to hit after eating not so well during the holidays and to gear up for a year of lookin’ good for our wedding!
Before the first day of the cleanse, we had to make a few recipes that we used throughout the days to have on hand like salad dressing, herby tahini sauce, and this amazing Seed&Nut Crunch. It was a lot of work the first day, but I loved having my own homemade ingredients throughout the week.
This crunch has become my new guilty pleasure. I guess if it’s part of the cleanse, I don’t even have to be that guilty!
The crunch is delightfully spiced with just a hint of sweetness and adds some really nice texture to so many of the recipes. We even had to make a second batch because we liked it so much!
I really wanted to share this recipe with you because it’s so versatile. We put the crunch on salads, on hot cereals, yogurt, and even on some of our side dishes. The spices can be modified to fit your personal tastes too. I think this is one recipe we’ll totally be taking with us as we finish the cleanse and continue on with our healthy living. Love it!
Spiced Pumpkin Seed & Cashew Crunch
1 Large Egg White
1 teaspoon Light Agave Nectar
½ teaspoon Garam Masala
½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
⅛ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
¼ cup Raw Cashews, coarsely chopped
¼ cup shelled Raw Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas)
¼ cup shelled Raw Sunflower Seeds
Preheat oven to 300°.
Coat a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Whisk egg white, agave, garam masala, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add nuts and seeds and toss to coat.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer mixture to baking sheet, letting excess egg drip back into bowl. Bake, tossing once, until mixture is golden brown, 20–25 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.
Recipe adapted from: Bon Appetit
I totally recommend making double this batch right from the start. If you’re going to even think about snacking on this… just do it. It’s so good.
Keep an eye on the crunch while it’s baking, my oven tends to burn nuts and seeds when I try to “toast” them, so I like to have the light on and check every couple minutes or so. The mixture might be a little soft when you take it out, so wait until it cools completely to try it for the best taste.
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