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3 Easy homemade snacks packed full of nuts

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

Whether you want sweet or savory, these nutty homemade snacks are delish

Nuts are healthy additions to our diet, but if you are tired of popping them into your mouth in their simplest form, then you can make these easy savory and sweet recipes to give them a new light.

With just a few tilts of the saucepan, you can create salty and delicious garlic roasted peanuts, soft and crumbly shortbread candies, called polvoron, and sweet cashew brittle. You will be surprised how, with just a few basic ingredients, these delicious snacks can turn out, straight from your kitchen.

Whether you want sweet or savory, these nutty homemade snacks are delish

Cashew polvoron recipe

These soft and crumbly little shortbread candies are great sweet snacks that kids and adults both will love. Basically they are made of toasted flour and nuts made compact by melted butter.

Yields 12

Prep time: 40 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashew nuts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. In an electric chopper, ground the cashew nuts, and set them aside.
  2. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, toast the flour until lightly brown, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
  3. Transfer the flour to a bowl. Add the cashews, powdered milk and sugar, and mix well.
  4. Pour in the melted butter, and mix until well combined.
  5. Using a polvoron molder or cookie cutters (with spring ejection), press in the mixture to shape the polvoron.
  6. Wrap them in precut cellophane or Japanese paper.

Whether you want sweet or savory, these nutty homemade snacks are delish

Garlic roasted peanuts recipe

Roasted peanuts mixed with crisp and golden garlic is a great snack, and it is very easy to prepare.

Yields 2 cups

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil (can be replaced with sunflower or another mild-tasting oil)
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 2 cups raw peanuts (can be replaced with store-bought peanuts)
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm up the oil. When it is hot, cook the garlic until it turns golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  2. In the same saucepan over low-medium heat, sauté the peanuts, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the peanuts, garlic and salt. Serve.

Whether you want sweet or savory, these nutty homemade snacks are delish

Cashew brittle recipe

This is a very simple sweet snack with just three ingredients. The excess can be kept in an airtight container.

Serves 4

Prep time: 40 minutes | Cook time: 8 minutes | Total time: 48 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup unsalted cashew nuts

Directions:

  1. In a pot over low heat, combine the sugar and water. Let the sugar melt without stirring, cooking for 5 to 8 minutes. When it turns lightly golden in color, tilt the pot to spread the liquid.
  2. Stir in the cashews, and then pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet. Spread it around evenly.
  3. Leave to cool until it hardens, about 30 to 40 minutes.

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