Spiced Pumpkin Seed and Cashew Crunch
***Doesn’t these look like a yummy snack option?***
Thanks to Chef Julianna for this spiced nut-mix recipe.
I’m planning to make some later this week. Looks like a keeper! 😉
Pumpkin Seed and Cashew Crunch
Everyone loves a party, right? Especially in the bleak winter months of January and February when we all need a lift! Well, when I heard that Angie over at The Novice Gardener was hosting a Friday night blog party called Fiesta Friday, I thought it would be fun to hang out with a bunch of like-minded bloggers and mix and mingle a bit. So, like I normally do when I’m going to a pot-luck, I hit my back issues of Bon Appétit magazine to search for some inspiration for my contribution. When I saw this recipe I knew what I was bringing! It’s perfect for a party and I could make a double batch as afternoon snacks for my husband and I. This is an awesome recipe! Let me tell you, we have been nibbling away at the bowl since yesterday and you guys…
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Party Mix…from a Slow-Cooker? Yes Indeed!
As any of my regular readers already know, I am a big fan and recent convert to using a Slow-Cooker for all kinds of main dishes, stews and soups.
But did you know that you can use a Slow-Cooker for making recipes like: granola and party-mix too?
Well I didn’t until I recently received a copy of Robin Robertson’s: Fresh From the Vegan Slow-Cooker as a gift.
After scanning through all the great recipes in this new cookbook, I knew I’d have to give the: Life of the Party Mix a try first. It came out great! So delish and not too salty (great to be able to control that when you make this mix at home).
Some minor tweaks I made:
After the initial 2 hours on high heat, I found the texture to be just right and the flavours well-developed, so I stopped the cooking process and just let the mix cool completely before storing. Not that it was stored long! The photo above is from Flickr ’cause I didn’t manage a photo here before it was all gone LOL. 😉
A couple of other things: I omitted the onion powder and cayenne and bumped up the Tabasco to 1 teaspoon. I didn’t add any salt as the nuts and pretzels I used were salted.
If you’re starting to think about party fare with the holidays just around the corner, you should definitely give this recipe a try. And what a great way to use your slow-cooker! 🙂
See page 2 for complete recipe.
Recipe used with permission: Excerpted from “Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker” by Robin Robertson, 2012, Harvard Common Press, $19.95
Photo courtesy of Flickr