Oh we are spicin’ things up today! This Thai Curry Spiced Slow Cooker snack mix is the perfect salty sweet gluten-free snack that’s packed with flavor and superfood nutrition! Something easy to make that’s healthy and great for snacks, appetizers, and on the go! The nuts and seeds are slow cooked in an addictive coating full of curry spices, unrefined sugar, gluten free Tamari (gluten free soy sauce), then tossed with more superfood ingredients like goji berries and dried pineapple. See, perfectly sweet and spicy! Oh, and it’s also paleo friendly and vegan friendly. A bonus for sure!
Hello from the artic. No really. It’s a blizzard in Utah. Yesterday it was 60F. Then bam winter storm and I’m stuck inside with 10 feet snow and 11F. WHAT the WHAT? Ya, we may moved to SLC a year ago but snow storms still blow my mind (and freak me out). Haha! I digress. Let’s move on toward the real focus here. Something that is gonna warm you inner soul and nourish your appetite.
THAI SLOW COOKER SNACK MIX YO!
By now you can probably tell I love trail mix and slow cookers, two things you wouldn’t think go together, but seriously, they do! If you don’t believe me you should try my Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix or my Crock Pot Chunky Monkey Trail Mix. Totally AMAZING, even if you’re not going for a hike or running to work like my crazy husband. Sometimes just taking pictures of food is enough of an excuse for a snack and stay warm inside. Hence the name snack mix versus trail mix today. Get it?
Want to know what else goes together like gluten-free bread and vegan butter? LOL! Tamari sauce and coconut sugar. Something magical happens when these two are combined, and adding Thai curry spices takes it to a whole new level of Asian spiced deliciousness. When my spice cabinet beckons, I listen! Maybe I’m biased, but this Thai curry spice snack mix is AMAZING! Gah, the combo of salty sweet and spicy is so good!
As a SHERPA WIFE I keep this on hand to fuel the spicy-snack loving husband, but I secretly keep it around for myself too. Haha! It travels easily in a purse, in a backpack, stashed in a pocket (in a baggie), for airport/airplane snackage… I can go on and on but I’ll stop there. Just trust me, this SALTY SWEET SPICY mix is soooo good to have on hand!
Are y’all ready for some nerdy nutrition? You know I wasn’t going to leave you hangin.
SUPER FOOD Powers for this Thai Curry Spiced Slow Cooker Snack Mix:
1) NUTS: It contains brazil nuts which are a great source of selenium and mood booster. And since we’re not quite out of the home stretch of winter, we can all use a good mood booster! And nuts pack a huge amount of plant-based protein and healthy fats, perfect for post-workout or snacking. You can use any mix of your favorite nuts and it will still taste amazing!
2) SEEDS: This recipe calls for a cup of pumpkin seeds, full of good nutrients like zinc and magnesium. Zinc is KEY for boosting immunity. And did y’all know that magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system? Excuse me while I go grab a handful of trail mix!
4) SWEET MIX-INS: I also added in goji berries (after cooking) for some phytonutrients, vitamins and trace minerals! Plus a boost in potassium. Chopped dried pineapple is optional, but it’s great for quick energy and contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory compound.
This is one heck of a tasty and healthy snack mix! Now go make some, mmm k!
Thai Curry Spiced Slow Cooker Snack Mix
This Thai Curry Spiced Slow Cooker snack mix is the perfect salty sweet gluten-free snack that’s packed with flavor and superfood nutrition! Something easy to make that's healthy and great for snacks, appetizers, and on the go! Paleo and Vegan friendly.
- 5 cups raw mixed nuts (make sure to use some already chopped/halves and some whole).
- 1 cup pumpkin seed
- 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 c coconut sugar
- 1/2 tbsp Red Curry Powder
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder (Thai red chili is great to use here)
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce) sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 2/3 to 1 cup goji berries and/or chopped dried pineapple
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes (less if you want less spicy)
- Extra paprika or curry powder mix to season after if desired.
- Place everything but your dried fruit in an oiled or lined crock pot or slow cooker.
- Mix nuts, butter, sugar, spices, and Tamari all together.
- Place on medium heat for 2 hrs, stirring once or every 30 minutes. .
- If you slow cooker only has high or slow, place on high for 1 hr to 90 minutes. Stirring once and checking progress of "candied" curry spiced nuts.
- Once everything is cooked, lay out the spiced nuts on a large lined baking sheet or parchment paper to cool.
- Mix in your dried goji berries or dried fruit of choice.
- Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and extra seasoning if desired.
- Store in ziplock bag or container (sealed) for up to 10 days to 2 weeks. Or keep in fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Makes 6 - 8 cups
Estimated Nutrition per 1/3 cup:
Feel free to use any other sweet dried fruit in this snack mix!
Calories 230-250 Fat 17-18 grams of fat (if using brazil nuts) Saturated Fat 3- 3.7 grams g Cholesterol 1.0-1.3 mg Sodium 100mg Carbohydrate 11- 12grams Fiber 2 grams 10% Sugars 3 -4 grams Protein 6-7 g
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