We are continuing our high protein treat recipe series! In my last post, we spoke about the importance of protein for skin health. Unfortunately a lot of us do not get enough daily protein so getting it in our snacks and treats a great way to sneak in a healthy dose. So, I’m pulling out this simple recipe that spikes hearty pecans with delicious, warming spices. It’s so unassuming but one bite in and you realize that they burst with flavor!
This is actually Ben’s recipe, which he makes for my colleagues and I when we are studying. This quick source of sustenance is an incredibly addictive snack that makes for a tasty reward for hitting the books. It also helps that this treat is gluten-free, dairy-free and low glycemic because we are a picky group of naturopathic etudiants! Roasted nuts with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove is the perfect warming snack. It uses coconut sugar, which is low on the glycemic index and the protein in the pecans helps keeps our blood sugar stable. The healthy fats within the nuts also fill you up quickly and you only need a few of ’em to feel full and satisfied while work, work, working away. So, if you want a high protein on-the-go snack, try these coconut sugar spiced pecans on for size.
3 cups pecans
The whites of 1 egg
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tblsp water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp clove
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Beat the egg white with the water. Stir in the pecans, mixing until moistened.
3. In another bowl, mix together coconut sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, then sprinkle this over the moistened nuts.
4. Spread nuts on prepared pan.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, tossing once or twice. Be careful not to burn the nuts by keeping an eye on them.