Chili-Lime Nuts

This my attempt to make nuts like the Trader-Joe’s Thai lime and chili nuts.  These have less salt and no added oil.  You can adjust the amount of cayenne, if you don’t like things to get too hot.  This is really easy to make, and makes a nice treat to nibble on.

What you need:

juice of 1 lime

1 cup mixed nuts (I used red-skin peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, pecans and cashew – almonds would be great!)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 dried chili, crumbled

pinch of sugar

3 lime leaves, sliced – optional

What you do:

1.  Put all the ingredients in a bowl and coat all the nuts.

2.  Bake at 220F for 40-60 minutes.  Check them and stir every 10-15 minutes, especially near the end.  They will be done when they are dry inside – check by tasting!  You’ll want to scrape the dried juice and spices off the pan as you go along to combine with the nuts.

3.  These will keep for a few weeks.