Cool Ranch Roasted Macadamia Nuts


Believe it or not, when I was a kid, I wasn’t really into binging on junk food or candy or anything sweet of the sort.  I actually ate pretty “healthy” in kid terms except I did enjoy my carbs maybe a bit more than the next person.  

When I say I enjoyed my carbs I mean I liked my bread and potatoes by the truckload which on occasion included a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos.

Why ever I am telling you this? Well, our Foodie Friday theme today is all about foods from our childhood.  Granted, Cool Ranch Doritos weren’t a staple in my diet or anything but the thought of them just brings me back.  It brings me back to those crispy, crunchy chips smothered in that delicious and addictive ranch flavor.  

Just thinking about it makes me drooool but of course I can no longer have Cool Ranch Doritos nor would I want to.  They make my belly hurt and they’re bad for you and all that jazz which I why I made a grown up version that includes all of the flavor but none of the bad stuff or the carbs! 😉 

These Cool Ranch Roasted Macadamia nuts are ready in 20 minutes and the perfect healthy snack to munch on! Easy to make for parties and tailgating on game day!

Before you go all sorts of crazy because I didn’t make make GF copy cat Cool Ranch chips from corn torillas or something, let me explain.

So remember when I mentioned that I am trying to figure out this whole SIBO diet? Well, apparently certain carbs are a no-no and while I am not totally breaking up with them, I need to cut back a bit (sad face) so curing my Cool Ranch craving couldn’t come in the form of extra carbs.  

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Instead, I am satisfying my craving for crunch with some roasted macadamia nuts.  Not only are they just as addictive but they are also super healthy for you.  They’re rich in vitamin A, iron, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folates and also are a great source of antioxidant due to their high flavonoid content. 

They also happen to pair just perfect with the spices that make up those ranch flavors due to their delicate buttery flavor and crunchy texture.  

These Cool Ranch Roasted Macadamia nuts are ready in 20 minutes and the perfect healthy snack to munch on! Easy to make for parties and tailgating on game day!

Once I decided upon using crunchy macadamia nuts as my sub for crispy chips, the rest just involved mixing the right blend of spices to replicate the Cool Ranch flavor. 

After a quick check of the spice rack and speedy trip to the store, I had everything I needed to resurrect my favorite guilty pleasure from 1999 and they came out even better than I could have dreamed. 

So, without further a do, I give you vegan, gluten free and amazingly satisfying COOL RANCH ROASTED MACADAMIA NUTS….

These Cool Ranch Roasted Macadamia nuts are ready in 20 minutes and the perfect healthy snack to munch on! Easy to make for parties and tailgating on game day!

These Cool Ranch Roasted Macadamia nuts are ready in 20 minutes and the perfect healthy snack to munch on! Easy to make for parties and tailgating on game day!

COOL RANCH ROASTED MACADAMIA NUTS


 

Ingredients: 

  • 10 oz macadamia nuts 
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried dill 
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

  1. Place macadamia nuts in a gallon size bag. 
  2. Measure out and add in all the spices.  
  3. Add in olive oil. 
  4. Seal bag then shake vigorously until all the nuts are coated. 
  5. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. 
  6. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes making sure not to burn. 
  7. Remove and let cool. 
  8. Store in air tight mason jar or container.
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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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