i made this party muix the other day on a whim. all i really wanted to do was attempt dry-roasting nuts. for whatever reason, i had it stuck in my head that a dry roast required some sort of fancy machinery. when in fact is really just involves an oven, or a hot skillet and a flame.
there are these little bags of dry roasted tamari almonds that i buy at the store that cost way too much for the teeny portion you pay for. so for curiosity’s sake, and to save a few dollars, i decided to dry-roast my own almonds at home. and i actually liked them better. the store-bought variety lacks consistency. the tamari doesn’t seem to cover each and every almond (first world problems, i know). i then thought how delicious this would be in party mix form. it took a couple of iterations to find which nuts to use and whether to roast the preztels or not. and what i discovered was: don’t use walnuts. maybe it’s a personal preference, but walnuts and tamari isn’t my thing. and roasting the pretzels isn’t necessary at all.
but really, the best part about this party mix? each and every nut and pretzel is coated with an even amount of tamari. that wonderful umami flavor shines through with every bite, as well as the lovely flavor that roasting nuts offers. it’s really the perfect little snack to bring along wherever you’re going, full of healthy fats that keep you full and thriving. plus, who doesn’t love a party mix!? ;)
happy end of february, loves! xo
(dry roasted) tamari party mix | gf & v
you could use any nuts you prefer here, but as i noted above, i tried a mix that involved walnuts and really didn’t like how the walnuts and tamari tasted together. i think next time i’ll try a version that add cereal too, i think it would just add to the “party” vibe, and be perhaps be more kid-friendly ;)
| makes roughly 5 cups |
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw peanuts
1 cup gluten-free pretzels (or pretzels of choice)
5 tablespoons gluten-free tamari
fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish
preheat oven to 300°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
spread the almonds, cashews, peanuts and pecans evenly into 1 of the baking sheets. toast in the oven for 10 minutes. remove the nuts from the oven and use a spatula to turn them over. place them back in the oven for another 7-8 minutes, until lightly toasted and fragrant (if you’re using a convection oven the cook time will likely be shorter; check the nuts after about 4-5 minutes on the second go round).
remove the nuts from the oven, and turn oven off.
place the nuts in a large bowl. add the pretzels and pour in the tamari sauce. use a rubber spatula to mix evenly, until everything is lightly coated, and only a small amount of tamari remains at the bottom of the bowl.
divide the party mix evenly between the two baking sheets and place back in the warm oven to dry for 10 minutes. remove and flip party mix over; place back in the oven to dry for another 8-10 minutes.
once completely dry, remove from the oven and let cool completely before storing, about 1 hour.
store the party mix in air tight containers at room temperature for up to 1 week.