Recipe // Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix

December 18, 2015

Holiday Treat Ideas
I’m back with another great snack mix to share this holiday season.  Sometimes it is nice to get a break from all the sweets, and nice nut mix is always a good option!  It’s filling, full of protein, and this mix is a little sweet and a little spicy.
I love the mix of sweet and spicy flavors.  And, the addition of just a little bit of orange zest and fresh juice give the perfect amount of citrusy flavor!


Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix
makes 4 cups
3 cups (12 oz) Raw unsalted Pecans
1 cup raw unsalted cashews
Place the nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 350 degrees for 5 minutes.  Toss and mix around, and bake another 5 minutes.
Let them cool as you mix together the following in a medium bowl:
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
3 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tsp fresh orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (less if you don’t like spicy)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Toss the warm nuts into the mixture until evenly coated.  Then, roast on a parchment lined baking sheet for 12-18 minutes to get them perfectly toasted.  Be sure to stir the nuts every 4 minutes to prevent burning and clumping together.
Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Mix around the nuts as they cool to avoid any clumping.
Package up and share some with your friends and family who enjoy a nice little kick to their nut mix!
If you’d like to see a video of when I made this recipe on an ABC4 segment, be sure to check it out here.
{all photos by me}


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *