These are so fantastic as a snack or with cocktails before dinner or a party, but more importantly they are perfect as a gift. You can make them weeks in advance, as they keep for about two months.
Makes 5 cups
1 cup oats
3 tsp kosher salt or 2 1/2 tsp table salt
7 tbsp dark brown sugar
3 tsp smoked chili powder, or any chili powder you like, to taste
2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
2 egg whites
4 cups mixed nuts, but pecans and almonds work best
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 300°F.
In a food processor, pulse oats along with salt, sugar, chili powder and rosemary.
In a large bowl, combine egg whites and nuts and toss to coat well. Stir in the granola mixture and toss, making sure all the nuts are well coated.
In a small bowl, mix together the honey and olive oil and drizzle over the nuts. Toss together one last time.
Place the nuts on a parchment-lined sheet and bake until crisp and the nuts are toasted through, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely before wrapping.
Scoop into beautiful jars or bags and secure tightly with a lid or ribbon to ensure freshness.
TIP These nuts can be made saltier, sweeter, spicier or more herbaceous—experiment and enjoy!