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Spiced nuts are staple in my kitchen. I make up a large batch and freeze them. A small bowl is set out on the counter for snacks, we toss them onto salads, over hot grain cereals, into granola or send them off to school for a nutritious snack. This recipe is a general guide, feel free to use your favorite spice combinations or to add in minced candied ginger or dried fruits like cranberries.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Spread nuts evenly over baking sheet and bake for 1-1/2 hours, checking every 15 minutes. Gently turn nuts and bake until fragrant--about 40-45 minutes. Cool thoroughly. Store in air tight container.
Healing Benefits: Although nuts will vary in their content of protein, oils, vitamins and minerals we can look at them overall and get the general idea of what they have to offer. As a group nuts build and strengthen the body. They add on weight and fight deficiencies. Yin building (fluids and fats) and warming nuts are good for thin, weak and frail types but should be avoided if there is excess dampness, phlegm or yeast. Too many nuts can scatter the energy making a person feel ungrounded or unfocused.