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I don't know about you, but I love to snack in between meals. One of my go-to snacks is a handful of nuts. Not only do they contain healthy fats, they provide other health benefits too. Brazil nuts in particular are great to have on a regular basis.
Brazil nuts contain ellagic acid, which has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and selenium, a mineral that is also known to combat inflammation. That said, it’s no surprise that studies have shown that eating just one Brazil nut a day can decrease oxidative stress and inflammation.
The ellagic acid and selenium are enough to make me love Brazil nuts, but I think they're also one of the most satisfying nuts to eat. They are by far my favourite and I have a bad habit of rummaging though a bowl of mixed nuts just to find the them.
As mush as I enjoy a plain old brazil nut, they’re even tastier when they're slow roasted with olive oil and fresh herbs. A little rosemary, thyme, sea salt and pepper give them an extra kick.
So without further ado, here's a recipe that's sure to satisfy your snack craving.
- 2 cups raw brazil nuts
- ⅛ cup olive oil
- a few sprigs of your favourite herbs such as rosemary, thyme or even curry powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and spoon out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Slow roast in the oven at 250 for about 15 minutes. Check the oven regularly. Do not overheat and burn. Take them out when they’re a light golden brown.
- Let cool and transfer to a large mason jar.
- Enjoy at least one day.