Mixed Nuts Mole

Mixed Nuts Mole
Staff Writer

Cynthia Nims

We most commonly see mole recipes in liquid form, doused over Latin American chicken or steak dishes, but this recipe presents it dry, baked with nuts to be enjoyed on your coffee table. 

Ingredients

  • 1  Tablespoon  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  kosher salt and flakey sea salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  sugar
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  cayenne or other hot chili powder
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  garlic powder
  • 3  Cups  unsalted nuts, such as peanuts, pecan halves, walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts
  • 1/2  Cup  unsalted, hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 2  Tablespoons  white sesame seeds
  • 2  Tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Stir together the cocoa powder, salt, sugar, cayenne, and garlic powder in a small bowl.

Combine the nuts, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds in a medium bowl and stir to mix. Drizzle the melted butter over and toss quickly to evenly coat the nuts. I like to use a rubber spatula for blending the nuts, to be sure the seasoning is well distributed. Sprinkle about 1/2 of the cocoa mixture over and toss well to mix. Repeat with the remaining cocoa mixture; applying in 2 batches helps assure the most even coating of the nuts.

Scatter the coated nuts on a rimmed baking sheet.

Bake until lightly toasted and aromatic, 
15-20 minutes, gently stirring the nuts once or twice to ensure even toasting. Let cool on the baking sheet, then transfer to a serving bowl. If you are not serving within a few hours, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
63g
90%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Carbohydrate, by difference
35g
27%
Protein
25g
54%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
179mg
18%
Choline, total
63mg
15%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
12g
48%
Folate, total
93µg
23%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
301mg
94%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
525mg
75%
Selenium, Se
36µg
65%
Sodium, Na
713mg
48%
Water
5g
0%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

Nut Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Nut Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.