Olive Oil Spiced Mixed Nuts

I found that nowadays, a lot of people are really getting very conscious on what they put into their mouth. Some people choose to exercise more regularly, others choose to select their food intake more carefully. Whatever it is, it's best to include both exercise and healthy diet in our daily life.

Having said that, I thought the best gifts to my new friends will be mixed nuts. However, instead of just normal mixed nuts, I added some olive oil and spices. Here's sharing the recipe of how I made them. I'm so glad my new friends loved the mixed nuts!
Recipe for Olive Oil Spiced Mixed Nuts

Ingredients
A
125g Olive Oil
2g Dried rosemary herbs

B
500g Whole skin-on Almonds
500g Whole Walnuts
300g Cashew nuts
200g Chickpeas
250g Pumpkin seeds
250g Sunflower seeds

C
2 tsp Ground Pepper
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Five spice powder
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Fine Rock Salt

Method:
1. Heat up ingredients A. Then leave aside to let the rosemary infused until cool. Strain out the rosemary and discard.
2. Mix ingredients C together.
3. For each group of the nuts, mix in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, followed by 1 teaspoon of the mixed spices. For example, mix 500g Walnuts with 3 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp mixed spices. Stir well.
4. Spread them on a tray, and let them bake at 130C for 10-15mins. Switching them around half time.
5. Continue for the rest of the groups, almonds, cashew nuts etc. The smaller nuts may take lesser time to bake.
6. Let them cool individually before mixing them.

Note:
~ I baked the nuts separately as the differences in sizes of the nuts will have different baking time.
~ The quantity I made is huge. You can cut down on the quantity of the nuts, or change the nut variations to suit your taste.
~ The mixed nuts is ideal as a gift for any occasion.
~ The spices can be varied in accordance to your preference. The last time I added some chilli powder. As I don't have any more chilli powder, I didn't add. I would like to add it if I have.
~ I used rock salt which is healthier than the normal table salt. The rock salt I used is Himalayan rock salt.

Click here to view how I packed it for my friends, link from Bakericious. :)

19 comments:

zurin said...
August 9, 2010 at 3:20 PM

mmmm this looks n sounds good ! only the nuts are expensive to just munch... my family will finish this in 30 minutes! LOL

Passionate About Baking said...
August 9, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Hi zurin,
It's actually quite nice. Snacking on nuts is better than snacking on crackers. Heehee... Maybe you can cut down by half the variety so that it's not so expensive?

Jess @ Bakericious said...
August 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Jane, You are such sweet to prepare this as gift for us. I love the nuts, probably now left 1/2 but I am controlling, though nuts are much healthier than others but calories still count hehehe...

Honey Bee Sweets said...
August 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Thanks so much Jane for your lovely gifts! I will savior it while I watch NDP tonight, heehee. So good to see you again, and it sure doesn't feel like 2 yrs ago since we last met! Sure hope the next meet up won't be that long again. Take care and see u on FB for now. ;)

ReeseKitchen said...
August 9, 2010 at 7:27 PM

I want a pack of the nuts can a?...heehee..;p Really wish to meet up with you and the others. Hopefully I have the chance in future.

busygran said...
August 9, 2010 at 9:34 PM

A very flavourful way of doing nuts with all that spices! Your blogger friends are lucky to have you!

Jessie Hearty Bakes said...
August 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Love the herbs and spices added to the nuts added fragrance to the crunch. Lovely gifts!
Read about the gathering, looks fun with all the spread and great company. Look forward to join the next time ;)

Passionate About Baking said...
August 9, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Hi Jess,
I'm glad you like the nuts. It's okay, you're so slim, snacking on the nuts doesn't put on too much weight for you lah!

Hi HBS,
It was one year ago that we met. But doesn't seemed so long since we are still connected through FB yah? Maybe we can meet up more often in future, rather than wait for such gatherings? :p

Hi Reese,
Ok ok. Next time you come, I'll make one packet for you. Or next time if I have chance to go KL, I'll look up all of you! :)

Hi busygran,
Yup, I thought it'll be healthy snack for the health-conscious food bloggers. :) Even I would like it myself too!

Hi Jessie,
Thanks. You can try it too! It's not as guilty as having other kinds of snacks, isn't it? Sure, maybe the next one, we'll have a bigger group. :)

Kitchen Corner said...
August 10, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Jane,
That box of nuts really good things! Healthy whole food! I like it very much! Thanks a lot!

Passionate About Baking said...
August 10, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Hi Grace,
Am so glad you like it. Will make more for you next time. :)

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...
August 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Like I told you, both me and my nuts-loving dad love the mix. When he saw those garbanzos, he was like: "Wah, your friend even included kacang putih! I like wor ..." Hahaha! Not too salty! Perfect!

Aimei said...
August 12, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Thanks for the mixed nuts. I love nuts and it's almost finishing... Nice meeting you :)

Passionate About Baking said...
August 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Hi Pei Lin,
Thanks! I'm so glad both father and daughter like the nuts. Your dad is so funny, kacang putih. Heehee... Next time you can make for him yah?

Hi Aimei,
It's my pleasure meeting you too! And I'm glad you love the nuts. :) Good for bride-to-bes as snacks. Heehee...

Aimei said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Thanks for the mixed nuts. I love nuts and it's almost finishing... Nice meeting you :)

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Hi Pei Lin,
Thanks! I'm so glad both father and daughter like the nuts. Your dad is so funny, kacang putih. Heehee... Next time you can make for him yah?

Hi Aimei,
It's my pleasure meeting you too! And I'm glad you love the nuts. :) Good for bride-to-bes as snacks. Heehee...

Honey Bee Sweets said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Thanks so much Jane for your lovely gifts! I will savior it while I watch NDP tonight, heehee. So good to see you again, and it sure doesn't feel like 2 yrs ago since we last met! Sure hope the next meet up won't be that long again. Take care and see u on FB for now. ;)

zurin said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

mmmm this looks n sounds good ! only the nuts are expensive to just munch... my family will finish this in 30 minutes! LOL

Abdul Rahman said...
January 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

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