These Paleo Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts make a quick and easy party snack or an edible holiday gift. Great for Game Day snacks, too!
A hint of cayenne and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary makes these Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts irresistible. This spiced nut mix is a perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy, crunchy . . . and its nutritious.
While nuts are high in calories, they’re not “empty” calories–they’re full of protein, vitamins and minerals that will refuel and recharge you.
Make a batch of these holiday party nuts today to have on hand for snacks for friends and family. Not only are they quick and easy to prepare, they make a great edible gift, too.
Pack some in a small half pint Mason jar or clear bag, tie with a ribbon, attach one of the printable gift tags included below and you’ve made a hostess gift that will be gratefully welcomed!
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Our cravings are rarely due to hunger. Our stomachs tell us we’re hungry, but our minds control our food desires. And why is it that the things we crave are almost always high in fat and calories??
There’s a scientific explanation for this annoying fact. Those kinds of foods release chemicals into our bloodstream that bring on feelings of pleasure, sometimes even euphoria. For example, think of the last time you had a piece of dark chocolate melting in your mouth.
These Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts will satisfy any craving you might have. They’re deliciously addictive!
I make several party mix recipes every year during the holidays. We love this Espresso Glazed Holiday Nut Mix, Sweet and Spicy Pretzel Nut Snack Mix and Low-Carb Roasted Pumpkin Spice Pecans. I also make 20-Minute Caramel Spiced Pecans which make a delicious salad topper as well as party finger food.
Ready to get started? Your home is going to smell incredible very soon as the aroma of rosemary wafts from the oven. Here’s what you’ll need.
Ingredients for Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts
- unsalted mixed nuts: almonds, pecans, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, etc. Use raw nuts if you like or buy a nut mix. I often use Costco’s Kirkland Brand Unsalted Mixed Nuts.
- honey: to make these slightly sweet and to form the nuts into clusters.
- sugar: brown sugar or coconut sugar for Paleo diet
- cayenne pepper: just a hint
- coarse sea salt
- fresh rosemary
How to Make Spicy Rosemary Nuts
Spiced nuts are a quick and easy party snack that you can make in less than half an hour. Here’s an overview of how to make these holiday spiced nuts. Complete directions are in the recipe card below.
- Heat honey with sugar, cayenne, salt and rosemary.
- Drizzle over mixed nuts, stir to combine, then roast in the oven.
- Watch carefully, as they will burn easily. Remove from the oven after 15 to 20 minutes and sprinkle with more freshly chopped rosemary.
- Cool completely, then break into small clusters.
- If you want to use them as an edible food gift, pack into a small jar or clear bag, tie with a ribbon and attach a gift tag!
I’ve included a sheet of printable tags here for you. Download, print on card stock and cut!
How much will this recipe make?
This recipe will make about 6 cups of spiced nuts, enough for 6 gifts. If you want to double the recipe, use the little slider in the recipe card below to change the ingredient amounts.
How Long will these Spiced Nuts last?
Store the nut clusters in an airtight container or glass jar and they will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks or more. Expect them to disappear long before that. They’re deliciously addictive!
Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts
- 6 cups unsalted mixed nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, and pistachios
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar or coconut palm sugar
- 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp coarse sea salt
- 4 tsp chopped fresh rosemary reserve 1 tsp for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nuts in a large mixing bowl.
- In a small pan over medium-high heat, combine honey, brown sugar, cayenne, salt and 3 teaspoons rosemary. Heat until the sugar dissolves and the sauce is syrupy.
- Pour over the nuts and toss until evenly coated.
- Transfer to the lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning once, or until nuts are golden brown. Watch carefully, as they will burn easily. Let me say this again. Watch carefully, AS THEY WILL BURN EASILY. (They will continue to cook after you remove them from the oven.)
- Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining rosemary over nuts. Cool. Break into small clusters. Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
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