Have you ever made your own spiced nuts? So easy and so much better for your brain than buying overly roasted and processed ones.
Especially when you toss nuts with za’atar, a spice blend that has been called a brain food since the 12 century.
Za’atar is sesame seeds, sumac and oregano. Sesamol, a compound in sesame seeds, was found in animal studies to reduce amyloid plaque in animal studies. Sumac, like most dark red berries, is full of flavonoids, a class of compounds with antioxidant properties. Oregano has long been studied for its enhancement of cognitive function.
Za’atar adds a salty, lemony zing to just about any savory food. I love how the spice blend coats all the buttery crevices of these pecans.
Here’s my brand new recipe for Za’atar-Spiced Pecans. Happy Friday Friends!
Mix ½ cup white sesame seeds, ½ cup dried oregano, and 4 tablespoons ground sumac. (Now you have za’atar🤗.)
Toss 1 ½ cups raw pecans with 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon za’atar and ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt (like Maldon.)
Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375 F for 15 minutes. Watch carefully towards the end of the cooking time so they don’t burn!
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