Toasting nuts awakens and deepens their natural flavor, plus it allows you to customize them with your own favorite spice mixtures. Here are four reliable routes to take. Each version makes 4 servings.

Chili Almonds
⅛ tsp chili powder + ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper + salt + 1 c whole unpeeled almonds
NUTRITION (per serving) 116 cal, 11 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 20 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

Curried Cashews
1 tsp curry powder + 1 c unsalted cashews
NUTRITION (per serving) 111 cal, 9 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 3 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

Five-Spice Peanuts
½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder + 1 c salted peanuts
NUTRITION (per serving) 120 cal, 11 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 11 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

Cocoa Pecans
½ Tbsp cocoa powder + 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon + 2 Tbsp sugar + 1 c pecan halves
NUTRITION (per serving) 128 cal, 12 g fat, 2 g sat.fat, 150 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

1. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F.
2. HEAT 1 Tbsp butter and the appropriate spices in a small saucepan.
3. STIR in the nuts, then spread them on a baking sheet.
4. ROAST for 10 to 12 minutes, until very fragrant and warm, but not overly toasted.

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