April is National Pecans Month! If you are curious, the National Pecans day was April 14th. My apologies for not getting this information out to you until the end of April. :)
Pecans are a great source of fiber, protein, and potassium. They also contain calcium, iron, vitamin b-6, and magnesium. Like most nuts, they are high in calories so it is a good idea to keep your serving sizes on the smaller end. 10 pecan halves has almost 100 calories, but they can be a perfect snack or a topping on a salad!
For this recipe, I wanted to share one that I actually made with my mom back at Christmas. Normally I am not very impressed by pecans, but roasting them changes all that. Topping them with a mixture of sweet and savory spices, makes this an addictive snack!
This recipe can make a great gift or enjoy it for yourself! Again, I like adding them to salads, but if you could easily munch on these all on their own. Try to maybe not eat the whole batch in one setting though. :)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups pecans
3 tbsp butter, melted
Mix the spices and sugar in the bowl.
Coat nuts with butter (about half of butter) and bake in 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes, until toasted.
Mix roasted nuts with the spices and remaining butter until well coated. Toast for additional 5 minutes in the oven, stirring and shaking pan frequently. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn.
Let cool and then enjoy!
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