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.
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.
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.
Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Slow Cooker Beef and Bacon Stew from girlichef
Lemon Pepper Chicken with Arugala from Virtually Homemade
Roast Chicken Ratatouille from An Edible Mosaic
Arugula Chimichurri over Roasted or Grilled Salmon from Karista’s Kitchen
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
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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