Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spiced Cashews (Gluten Free) for #handcraftededibles

Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, decided that she would like to handcraft most of her Christmas gifts this year and invited us to join her.  While I don't make all of my Christmas gifts and not all of them are edible, I do like to make some of them and feel that handmade  heartmade gifts show someone just how important they are to you.  Over the course of the next twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes from homemade spice blends (last week's theme) to charcuterie trays and everything in between. Hope you'll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule: here.

I often give my canned goods at Christmas time including pear butter, salsa and pickled spiced beets. Cookies, breads and baked goods always make great gifts.  I also have given homemade food related gifts that are not edible like these placemats, napkins and casserole caddy.   When Cam came up with this idea I knew it would be a great way to get some more ideas for gift giving this year.

This week, we're sharing our favorite special diets creations. They might be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or sugar-free.

Now Cam hosts a lot of great parties and not to long ago she hosted a giveaway for a Gluten Free cookbook and because I love giveaways, I entered and guess what?  Yep, I won.  Now nobody in my house is on a gluten free diet but there are more and more people who are gluten intolerant or suffering with celiac disease so this cookbook will get good use. Especially today, because today I am going to solve your problem of what to give to that coworker, teacher or friend that is on a gluten free diet, all with the help of Gluten Free by April Peveteaux.

I adapted the recipe that was in the book by using cashews instead of almonds. You can use any nut that your recipient loves.  I also halved the recipe.  Feel free to double or triple it for your gift giving but if you, like me, want to make a snack for yourself then take my advice and halve it because eating 2 cups of nuts in one sitting can kill your digestive system.  Not that I would know, because I have self control and can stop after just a handful of these delicious, spicy nuts.  Oh, and I have some ocean front property for sale in Arizona if you know anyone who is interested.

Toss the raw nuts in the spice mix and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
If using nuts with skins, you are going to want to blanch them or buy them blanched.

Roast in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.
That's it.  Recipe complete.  Easy Peasy and Delicious.

You wouldn't believe how quickly this bowl of nuts disappeared.

Spiced Cashews
adapted from Gluten Free by April Peveteaux

1 egg white
1/2 t. lime juice 
1/8 t. cumin
1/8 t chili powder
1/8 t.paprika
1/4 t. kosher salt
5 grinds from the pepper mill
1 c. raw nuts of choice, blanched if having skins 

Beat egg white in a med bowl.  Add lime juice and spices.  Mix thoroughly.  Add nuts, toss to coat, Spread nuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown.  Allow to cool before breaking apart and serving.  Print Recipe

This week, we're sharing our favorite special diets creations. They might be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or sugar-free.
Next week, check back for our recipes for giftable jarred mixes. Or check out our #handcraftededibles pinterest board.

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  1. Thanks for sharing these, Wendy! I LOVE spiced nuts and your recipe looks fabulous.

  2. YUM!! I never would have thought of that spice combination, but it sounds amazing!!! Love it!

    1. Really good Amy, a little mild for my taste but perfect for Frank. You might want to add a touch of heat to yours.

  3. I'm afraid that I would just eat all of these and not give any as gifts! :) Looks delicious and I know everyone would love getting this snacks!

    1. Here's the plan Terri. Make a huge batch. Put some out for you to nibble on while packaging up the rest. Package them very prettily and put them in your gift closet. Out of sight, out of mind. And the recipe only takes a few minutes so you can always make more for yourself.

  4. yum! I've made sugared almonds before but never went a spicy variety. My husband would love these as he's addicted to cashews.


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