After a friend brought this crunchy fruit-filled treat on a camping trip, I requested the recipe and lightened it up. It's great on its own, but try it over low-fat yogurt or with milk, too.
-Rachel Dandeneau of Dummer, New Hampshire
My Aunt Mary started making this recipe years ago, and each time we visited her she would have a batch ready for us. The use of cayenne adds an unexpected zing to the savory combo of rosemary and walnuts. When you need a good housewarming or hostess gift, double the batch and save one for yourself. —Renee Ciancio, New Bern, North Carolina
We like to adventure out into the Selquirk mountain range surrounding our family cabin. These nuts never tasted better than when we enjoyed them together at the peak of an amazing hike. Almonds are extremely nutritious, and, when dressed up with a wonderful blend of spices, they go from ordinary to awesome! —Gina Myers, Spokane, Washington
Not only are these a perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack at work, they're perfect for hungry kids just home from school. Plus, they make for fantastic party food! —Carrie Shaub, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
"No one can resist the combination of chocolate and peanut butter in these sweet snacks! They really cure any urge for crunchy foods, too," confirms Laurie Mounce from Houston, Texas. "Plus, they offer fiber and protein."
Spiced cashews contrast with sweet dried cranberries in this quick combo made on the stove top. Feel free to swap walnuts, almonds and/or pecans for the cashews. —Louise Gilbert, Quesnel, British Columbia
When you get a craving for a wholesome snack, go with Nancy Chapman's granola. "You'll love the chewy sweetness of the honeyed cereal, fruit and nut mixture," she assures from Center Harbor, New Hampshire. "It's great as a snack out of hand or in a parfait glass, layered with low-fat yogurt."