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Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Posted on December 16, 2021 | 1 Comment on Sweet and Spicy Nuts

From walnuts, almonds or macadamias, nuts have had a reputation as aphrodisiacs for centuries. Roman maidens passed out bowls of nuts as symbols of fertility during harvest festivals.

Chili, on the other hand stimulates circulation, which is why it is also considered to be a potent aphrodisiac. Spicy foods have long been considered to be the sexual stimulants, as these contain capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper. Eating capsaicin can cause a physiological response – increased heart rate and metabolism, sometimes even sweating – quite similar to the physical reactions experienced during sex. But apart from that, chilies abound with Vitamin C. Make this version of nut munchies more exciting with a balance of sweet and spice.

Yield: 8-10 portions


  • 1/4 cup Maltose syrup
  • 1/4 cup splenda or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 cups pecans or walnuts, blanched


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except for the nuts in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add nuts to mixture and increase heat to high. Stir until nuts are coated with syrup.
  4. Spread nuts on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  5. Bake nuts for 20 minutes or until they have turned a dark brown color.
  6. Leave at room temperature to cool.
  7. When cool, separate nuts and transfer to a smaller baking pan. Freeze uncovered.
  8. When frozen, nuts can be served or stored in zip lock freezer bags for up to 4 months.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

  • Calories (kcal) 1925
  • Carbohydrates (g) 160
  • Protein (g) 16
  • Fat (g) 146

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