These curry spiced nuts will take you 7 minutes from start to finish. The tart cherries add wonderful flavor and health benefits to this tasty snack! Thank you to the Cherry Marketing Institute for helping me to share this recipe with you.
When I was a kid, it didn’t take long for my mum to discover that she needed to carry a stash of snacks in her purse at all times, for both my Dad and me. If we were out and about without snacks and my Dad and I got hungry…watch out! Down went the blood sugar and out came the talons. We are feisty, unpleasant creatures when we are hungry.
To be honest, things haven’t changed much, but I learned over the years to simply keep quiet when I am hungry, otherwise I am bound to say something regrettable. My poor family knows to stay out of the way when they see the wild look of hunger in my eyes and, funnily enough, my husband has taken to stashing snacks in the car. Wise man
For most of my snacks, I try to work in a bit of fiber and a bit of protein to keep me going until the next meal. These curry spiced nuts with dried cherries have the perfect balance of both, and the mixture of savory spices and tart cherries satisfies more than junk food every could. For other healthy nut snacks, try my Maple Cinnamon Roasted Cashews or Maple Pecans recipe (the star of the show in Apple Pecan Salad).
It so happens that February is both National Cherry Month, as well as National Snack Food Month. Since I dive into my stash of tart cherries between meals more times than I can count, that seems like kismet. And that tart flavor pairs so well with both savory and sweet ingredients, making dried cherries a very versatile ingredient. If you need another reason to add them to your snacking repertoire, tart cherries contain anthocyanins, which are flavonoids that have been linked to a number of health benefits.
The beauty of this recipe, besides the flavors and health benefits, is that it comes together in less than 10 minutes. Rather than roasting the nuts in the oven, I toasted them in a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil and some curry spices. The aroma is unbelievable and the nuts take on a wonderful toasty flavor. Stir in the dried cherries at the end and let the mixture cool before diving in. The flavors will intensify as the nuts cool.
Tart cherries can be found in well-stocked grocery stores, as well as health food stores, such as Whole Foods. We always have tart cherries available in at least two forms in our house, and we use them daily on top of cereal and in baked oatmeal.
Other healthy recipes with tart cherries:
Curry Spiced Nuts with Dried Cherries
- Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet.
- Add the almonds, cashews and pepitas, then stir in the curry powder, cumin and salt.
- Toast the nuts for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the dried cherries and let the mixture cool. Serve.
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