Blood Orange Tea Spiced Pecans

I’m not quite sure why, but every afternoon around 3:00 I start feeling this insane urge to snack!

It’s probably leftover from school days when my mom always greeted me off the bus with some nice tasty, sweet treat.

Only problem is I’m not a little kid anymore and don’t run around the neighborhood burning off all those calories.

When I’m still craving something sweet, my solution is Blood Orange Tea Spiced Pecans.

Pecans contain like 19 vitamins, they’re good for your heart and your cholesterol, and research even shows they may help you maintain a healthy weight.

Instead of indulging in candied pecans (which I do also love), I swap the sugar in my favorite roasted pecan recipe for ground tea.  One of my favorites is a Blood Orange Smoothie Tea from The Spice & Tea Exchange.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

It’s so fragrant and naturally sweet that there’s no need to add any sugar to your pecans at all when roasting, which makes me a very happy and healthy snacker!

Blood Orange Tea Spiced Pecans

Ingredients

2 ½ tbs. Blood Orange Smoothie Tea*

2 large egg whites

1 tsp. water

Pinch of salt

1 lb. pecan halves

Directions

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Using a pestle and mortar (or a spice grinder), grind the tea until it’s a fine powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine egg whites, water, and salt. Whip the mixture with an electric mixer (or a whisk) until it just starts to get fluffy. Add in the pecan halves and toss until they’re evenly coated. Sprinkle the ground tea over the nuts and toss again until evenly coated. Pour the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet and scatter into a single layer.

Bake for 1 hour until the coating is dry, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely and store in an air-tight container.

*This recipe would work equally well with any slightly sweet tea, however, you may find you have to vary the amount of tea you use depending on the sweetness of the blend. You could also use a stronger tea and add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar to make them a little sweeter.


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What’s your favorite go-to afternoon snack?

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Comments

  1. 1

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you & your loved ones. Hope you’re going to have a fabulous evening. These pecans look like a perfect snack for this special day. Enjoy!
    Kristy

  2. 3

    These sound tasty!

  3. 4

    Using tea is such a good idea especially blood orange tea.

  4. 5

    That’s a killer idea!
    Pecans are the greatest.

    I know what you mean about that ‘after school snacking’. I have it in my mind that I HAVE to eat something as soon as I get home (a mental result of walking in the door after school and having a snack waiting)

  5. 6

    These sound and look absolutely fabulous! I can imagine what a great tea the blood orange is, but adding it to the pecans – yummy! Glad you didn’t add the sugar or as my brother calls it – while death. :) What a great snack! We’re 3 pm snackers as well and something healthy like this would be better for us than splitting a biscotti. :)

  6. 8

    Jen, this is such a creative and yummy looking idea! I would have never thought to spice pecans with a tea mix… that’s so smart!

  7. 9

    I have some pecans that I want to spice. This is so interesting. Blood oranges are al the rage on foob blogs right now but this is a truly clever take on them. YUM!

  8. 11

    I absolutely love it! Nuts are always my fav snack. Your idea of tea spiced – amazing!

  9. 12

    Jen, this ” every afternoon around 3:00 I start feeling this insane urge to snack!” often is called two or, in this case, three o’clock syndrome…:) Snack time, nap time, etc. Wonder what the Siesta is all about?! Lovely pecans. I love the tea, any herbal tea would do it. I drink about 7-9 cups of green or herbal tea a day. Just love it.

  10. 13

    I love using tea as a spice, and this looks wonderful :) My mother would adore these!

  11. 14

    Wow, never would have thought to use tea! Great recipe!

  12. 15

    What a great way to use tea. You house must smell amazing while they bake in the oven.

  13. 17

    These are beautiful and creative–my snack attack comes about an hour later than yours, but I know what you mean.

  14. 18

    Pecans are my most favorite nuts after brazils. These look like a wonderful healthy snack. Yumm

  15. 19

    This sounds incredible! Pecans are definitely my favorite nut. I’ve never heard of blood orange tea but I really want to find some now. Anything blood orange flavored is good for me. :) I really need to start snacking like this. Yum!

  16. 20

    What an interesting and very creative recipe! I love this! I’m with you on the 3:00 urge to snack. It hits me every day in such a huge wave!

  17. 21

    I love that you’ve added some magnificent flavor without any sugar. Much as I love candied pecans, they’re not the best thing to start snacking on…’cause it’s so hard to stop! These look wonderful~

  18. 23

    I would have never thought to use tea to flavor pecans but I love this idea! They sound so delicious, blood oranges are a favorite of mine as well! ! need to try making this!

  19. 24

    How creative and this sounds way better than simple candied pecans – give me these any day! I never would have thought of this, so thank you for sharing the inspiration…

  20. 25

    i have to keep my eyes open for that tea mix. sounds like something i’d really enjoy!
    and the spiced pecans, what a delish idea!

  21. 26

    Hi had to read this recipe as it looked so different. Great job. Dan and I would both like this.

  22. 27

    Forgot the , after Hi. LOL. How you doing, Jen?

  23. 29

    I really need to try making snacks like this to bring to work! These sound wonderful! :)

  24. 30

    How fun are these! Such great flavors in with pecans, wonderful snack!

  25. 31

    I would gladly snack on these! These look delicious, Jen!

  26. 32

    I just love all kinds of spiced nuts . . . but sure wish my niece still lived in Georgia and brought home pecans.

  27. 33

    They look amazing – so crunchy and delicious. I’ve got a real thing for pecans right now. My canteen in my office serves the most *amazing* pecan pie… Only problem is, it sells out as soon as they get it in… grrr, stupid colleagues :(

  28. 34

    That is such a creative, clever, delicious snack! I just love it Jen! It’s funny…I’m sitting here at my computer and it’s 3:30 and I was just thinking to myself that I could do with a snack. All I have are almonds in the house – but I think I’ll go get a handful!

  29. 36

    Jen these are very unique and delicious looking. I love pecans and now this is just reason to love them more.

  30. 37

    What a clever and creative recipe — I could snack on such delicious pecans all day long. Send some my way :D

  31. 38

    I’d love to get this tea. Blood orange tea… ohhh I think I’ll have the best tea time with this tea. Very unique recipe that I will remember. I think this is a prefect recipe when I have egg whites in the fridge. I hope to find high quality tea like this.

  32. 40

    What a fantastic idea for a snack…love the use of tea in place of sugar!

  33. 41

    Would never of thought of this idea, thanks for sharing, must look for this tea.

  34. 42

    Bood oranges + tea + pecans – all favorites! Very creative. Isn’t it amazing how happy times from our childhood still resonate so strongly in adulthood?!

  35. 44

    Mmmmm I do love candied nuts, but these sound like a healthy but equally delicious alternative! :-)

  36. 45

    I have never heard of anything like this. I like sugared nuts but they are so sweet and I can easily eat a pound before I realize it. I am intrigued but this recipe and your photos are pretty!

  37. 46

    OMG! Wow. Sounds yummylicious . should try this sometime :)

  38. 47

    I am newly obsessed with blood oranges! This is a yummy idea.

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