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Creative substitute for candied nuts in a salad

I love a salad with some fruit, cheese, and candied nuts (like a pear gorgonzola or frequently at our house, apples and maytag). My little boy loves the fruit, cheese, and greens salad, but he is allergic to nuts. I'd love to come up with some kind of substitute - something with a satisfying crunch that I can apply my own sugar and spice coating to. Anyone?

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  1. Dried peas or soy nuts (assuming he is only allergic to tree nuts and not legumes).

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    1. re: jsaimd

      Could you make croutons with your coating?

    2. Maybe something like one of the Chex cereals? Ramen?

      1. He can eat soy, edamame, etc. Sweet and spicy croutons/chex? Hmm, I have to think about that one.

        1. My dad was always adding dry cereal into salad. Maybe something like raisin bran or raisins and cheerios would add crunch and sweet.

          1. I had a salad recently that had a large shard of "pumpkin seed brittle" on it. Forget the nuts and just do the coating, make sure to spread it VERY THIN so you don't have enormous chunks of it. Just nice crunchy flakes.

            The pumpkin seeds were nice, though, if he's not allergic.