Malika Ameen's Spiced Nut and Oat Crunch

January 17, 2012 9:21:16 AM PST
Many have resolved to eat healthier in the New Year. Snacking during the day is an easy way to pack on the pounds. While it's almost impossible to avoid snacks, you can make healthier choices. Former ''cheftestant'' on Bravo's first season of ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'', Malika Ameen has some healthy homemade options including her healthy oat clusters. Ameen says the healthy snack is not only high in flavor, but it's also high in fiber. It's a great yogurt topper for breakfast or simply on its own as a snack throughout the day. The ingredients are also interchangeable and could be substituted with other favorite nuts and fruits.


2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
generous pinch of sea salt
1 cup raw walnut halves
3/4 cup thick rolled oats
1/2 cup flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit(optional)
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
In a medium bowl whisk together egg whites, honey , vanilla, spices and salt. Add nuts, oats and flax seeds. Spread onto a greased baking tray (with pan spray) and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool and then add dried fruits and chocolate if you like and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week