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.
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!
2 ½ tbs. Blood Orange Smoothie Tea*
2 large egg whites
1 tsp. water
Pinch of salt
1 lb. pecan halves
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?