Spiced Honey Nut and Seed Snack Mix

December 5, 2014

This easy nut and seed snack mix can be made ahead of time for your next party. Serve it during cocktail hour or make it a special addition to the dessert table. 

Spiced Honey Nut and Seed Snack Mix | Fake Food Free  

I had my fair share of store-bought, flavored nuts before I realized just how easy they are to make at home. A little of your favorite sweetener, some butter or coconut oil and a few spices, plus some relatively low maintenance time in the oven, and you have a holiday gift for friends or a party snack. 

I love using honey as the sweetener and virgin coconut oil. And while I can always go for a sprinkle of curry or something spicy like chili powder, this time of year I really want those traditional holiday spices. 

For this recipe, I used a mix of nuts and seeds, and you could really sub any variety you wish — pistachios, cashews or sunflower seeds would be equally as good as what I’ve used here. I sprinkled in a few of my favorite spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. After 45 minutes in the oven with a few rounds of stirring, they are ready to go.

 Spiced Honey Nut and Seed Snack Mix | Fake Food Free

Speaking of party snacks, these nuts would be great for something like, say, a baby shower. That’s why I’m sharing this recipe as part of Alyssa of Everyday Maven’s virtual baby celebration. I met Alyssa in Seattle last year at the International Food Bloggers Conference. She immediately knew me from Instagram, and not because of food or blogging. Because of my pugs! They tend to get a lot of attention on social media and I’m happy to share a few of the laughs they so willingly give. 

I was happy to share in this celebration and wish Alyssa all the best as she expands her lovely family. 

The recipe for the nut and seed mix is below, but be sure to check out some of these great recipes from other bloggers joining in the celebration. 

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Hearty Garbanzo Soup from Sweet Life Bake
Pumpkin White Bean Soup from Blue Kale Road

Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
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Charred Brussel Sprout, Bacon, and Toasted Sesame Guacamole from Baker by Nature
Quick and Easy Cucumber Bites, Three Ways from Hip Foodie Mom


Spiced Honey Nut and Seed Snack Mix | Fake Food Free

Spiced Honey Nut and Seed Snack Mix

Makes: 6 servings


1 cup raw pecan halves
1/2 cup raw walnut halves
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground clove


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil. 

Place the pecans, walnuts and pumpkin seeds in a medium bowl. 

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil and honey over medium heat. Cook about 3 minutes, until the both are melted together and begin to bubble. Pour the liquid over the nuts. 

Add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Stir to coat all the nuts in the honey and spices. 

Turn the nuts out onto the greased baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Be sure to watch it closely the last 15 minutes to ensure the nuts and seeds do not burn. 

Dump the hot nuts and seeds onto a piece of parchment paper. Let cool for 5 minutes and then break up any larger pieces. Let cool completely before serving. 


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  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living December 5, 2014 at 5:41 am

    These nuts sound so good – I always serve some sort of nuts for parties during the holidays so I am adding this to my recipe collection!

    • Lori December 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Hi Jeanette! They make such a great party snack!

  • Faith (An Edible Mosaic) December 5, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Spiced nuts are such a perfect snack, plus they make the house smell amazing as they cook! These look really delicious. Thank you so much for participating in Alyssa’s virtual baby shower!

    • Lori December 5, 2014 at 7:02 am

      Thanks for the invitation, Faith! And the aroma is such a bonus!

  • Heather // girlichef December 5, 2014 at 6:17 am

    These would totally be my undoing, I’m a bit of a spiced nut fanatic. I love how’ve you made them, and that I can safely make them for my mom who has lots (lots) of food sensitivites. And of course, just perfect for a baby shower.

    • Lori December 5, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Hi Heather! These are my weakness as well. I must plan to give some of them away when I make them!

  • Alyssa (Everyday Maven) December 5, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Lori, thank you so much for participating – what a great surprise! I had to laugh when you mentioned the pugs because I am such a dog lurker. I love seeing pictures of what their cute little selves are doing <3.

    This nut mix is perfect and the kind of thing I need to have tucked into the diaper bag when I find myself starving and with no time to really eat!

    • Lori December 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

      So happy to participate, Alyssa! And I am loving the pictures of your pup, too. I hope all the final prep for your new addition goes well. Congrats!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Lori!! I love making my own mixed nuts . . these look fabulous! I’m trying to find time to add a mixed nut and seed snack mix to my holidays gifts. . I’m making bark and granola too. . will let you know if I get to try this recipe! if not this month, soon!!! looks so good!!

    • Lori December 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Alice! Homemade gifts are so fun! Bark and granola are such great ideas. Be sure to let me know how you like the nuts if you get the chance to try them!

  • Karista December 6, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Lori, love, love these spiced honey nuts and seeds. What a great snack idea but also excellent for edible holiday gifts! So perfect for any celebration. So great to find you through this fun celebration for Alyssa! Delicious Wishes, Karista

    • Lori December 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Thank you, Karista! It was great to find you as well. Loved your recipe!

  • Joanne December 8, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I always have problems around spiced nuts…staying away from them that is! These sound fabulous.

    • Lori December 8, 2014 at 6:59 am

      I know, Joanne! Such dangerous territory!