May 21, 2018

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts & Spring Basil Martini


You’re going to go nuts over this recipe! Sorry, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity for a food pun.

Annnnyway….in my last post I talked about health and alcohol. I’m am here to tell you it is possible to including a small amount of alcohol in a healthy lifestyle. The problem is so many times drinking is also combined with greasy, unhealthy foods. While it is important to eat food while you drink I wanted to give you some good ideas for healthier options to snack on while you enjoy your drink.

I posted a Facebook live video making these recipes. You can check it out here.


This is a super simple spiced nut mix that you can eat as a quick snack any day. The spices give it more than great flavor but also extra health benefits without added calories. If you make this for guests it is sure to impress and they never need to know how easy it is to make!

  • There is no added sugar, just chopped dates
  • Ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties
  • The nuts have healthy fats and protein
  • Coconut oil is a plant based oil with heart healthy medium chain triglycerides

Even if you don’t generally like martini’s I think you will like this one. Generally martini’s are 3oz gin and 1/2oz of dry vermouth aka very strong. In this recipe I added a splash of basil lemon simple syrup which adds an amazing taste of spring as well as lemon bitters. The bitters add a depth of flavor and boost the refreshing flavor of lemon. You can top it off with soda water if you want to make it more of a spritzer. 

The Nut Recipe:

1/2 cup hazelnuts

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup dates, chopped

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp turmeric (I used one capsule of the Hineleban Farms turmeric*)

1/4 tsp ginger power

1/2 sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix nuts and dates together on a sheet pan. Toss with coconut oil until everything is coated. Add spices and mix.
  3. Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them because they can burn quickly. Remove from the oven and let cool.

The martini recipe:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 handful ~1/2 cup basil

zest of 1/2 lemon

  1. Add sugar and water into a saucepan or skillet. Warm over medium heat and add basil and lemon. Bring to a gentle boil until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve.

Enjoy ~ Amanda

*I am working with Hineleban Farms and they have sponsored trips for me to learn about their products. 

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