Sugary mesquite nut clusters

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5 min


1 cup (250 mL)

* PLUS Cooking time: 6 minutes


  • 100-g pkg slivered almonds , about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp spicy mesquite seasoning , or Montreal steak spice
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Place a large piece of foil on the counter. Lightly spray or brush with oil. Place almonds, sugar, seasoning and water in a large frying pan or wide saucepan set over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir frequently until sugar melts, 2 to 4 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring often, until sugar turns golden and bubbly and nuts are evenly coated, 4 to 6 more minutes. Immediately turn out onto foil and spread out with a wooden spoon. They will be clumped together. (Don’t touch as they’re extremely hot.) Let cool to room temperature. Break into small pieces. Nuts will keep well in an airtight container, at room temperature, up to 3 days.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 121,
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.9 g,
  • Fat
  • 6.3 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 33 mg.

Almonds are the ultimate health nut: they’re cholesterol-free, a source of protein and calcium, low in saturated fat and jammed with nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin E and folate.