When I worked at the bakery, one of the easiest and quickest holiday sellers was spiced nuts. It takes virtually no time to make, yet fills the air with roasted, holiday goodness. The nuts are super addictive, and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to be munching on these during the holiday season.

So the neat thing about a spiced nut recipe is that it actually uses whipped egg whites to coat the nuts. The egg whites help the spices adhere to the nuts and also gives them an amazing sheen.

I decided to use aquafaba as the egg white substitute and it was able to produce the same results. The only thing is you probably need to whip more aquafaba than necessary since the amount you need is so small. Don’t flood the nuts with the aquafaba. Just use enough to lightly coat the nuts and discard the rest. Otherwise, when the aquafaba combines with the sugar in the spice mixture, there is more of a tendency to burn in the oven.

Aquafaba Spiced Nuts

(makes 2 cups)

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup reduced aquafaba

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Start whipping the aquafaba on high speed until foamy, about 3 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, paprika, cayenne and cinnamon.
  4. Once the aquafaba is done whipping, take out about 3-4 tablespoons of aquafaba and toss it with the nuts until it is lightly coated.
  5. Add in the spiced mix and toss until coated.
  6. Place nuts onto a sheetpan with parchment.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.