Spiced Rosemary Roasted Nuts – Delicious, crunchy nuts flavored with herbs and spices and roasted to perfection. A little sweet, a little spicy. Excellent for parties, the holidays, or any time you need to cure a snack attack.
I love having raw mixed nuts in the house for snacking. A healthy dose of healthy fats, protein, and fiber to help keep hunger at bay.
When the holidays start to creep up, I get a craving for something a bit sweeter and spicier. I always remember having some kind of snack mix at family gatherings growing up. Usually it was traditional Chex Mix, some kind of cracker and pretzel combo, or gorp (a dried fruit and nut mixture).
These Spiced Rosemary Roasted Nuts are currently my very fave snacking pleasure. They are so addictive and I know you’re going to love them, too!
Nuts about Rosemary Mix
Nuts about Rosemary Mix from Trader Joe’s – it’s amazing! It’s the inspiration for these Spiced Rosemary Roasted Nuts.
I kept the ingredients for my version basically the same as TJ’s, but I did add a few extra spices for an even bigger flavor punch.
For the nuts, we have a combination of cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans. We are adding our own spices and roasting them up ourselves, so you want to start with raw unsalted nuts.
For the spices, we have a combo of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne.
A drizzle of pure maple syrup helps the spices stick to the nuts and a pinch of coconut sugar adds a nice mellow caramel-like sweetness.
And, of course, there’s the rosemary! TJ’s uses dried rosemary in their mix, but I just love the smell of fresh rosemary, so that’s I went with here.
Are Roasted Nuts Healthy?
They certainly can be.
Nuts are full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Most contain good amounts of vitamin E and magnesium, as well. They are high in calories, but they are quite filling, so you don’t need to eat a lot of them to feel satisfied.
Many roasted nuts you’ll find on packaged on grocery store shelves are actually fried in oil. To be sure your nuts aren’t actually fried, you need to look for dry-roasted nuts.
Or, just make them yourself! Which is so easy and so much fresher than buying store-bought!
Love snacking? Who doesn’t?! Be sure to check out these other healthy vegan snacks:
- Crunchy Thai-Inspired Homemade Trail Mix
- Peanut Butter No-Bake Protein Balls
- Smoky Cilantro Lime Mexican Bean Dip
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Homemade Vegan Queso
- Tortilla Rollups with Dairy Free Veggie Cream Cheese
How Do You Make Spices Stick to Nuts?
There are a few ways to help the spices stick to the nuts.
One way, and the one you’ll find most often, is to coat the nuts in oil. While I’m not opposed to using oil, especially for a holiday snack or treat, we don’t need the flavor from the oil for this recipe and I don’t find the added fat and calories necessary here.
Another common way is to blanch the nuts in boiling water, toss with the spices, and then roast.
For this recipe, pure maple syrup is the answer. They are the glue that will hold the spices on the nuts in addition to bringing delicious sweetness to balance the spices.
How Long Do Roasted Nuts Last?
Once the roasted nuts are completely cooled, you can store them in an air-tight container for about a week. I like wide-mouth mason jars for this.
They never last that long in this house…we all grab big handfuls every time we walk by the jar!
Love nuts? You’ll love these easy vegan recipes featuring healthy nuts:
- Curry Quinoa Salad
- Mixed Greens Almond Pepita Pesto
- Falafel Burger with Cucumber Peanut Relish
- Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta Recipe with Walnuts
- Mexican Spiced Chocolate Covered Cashews
- Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice Salad
- Classic Vegan Toffee Bars
Spiced Rosemary Roasted Nuts
I hope you love these Spiced Rosemary Roasted Nuts as much as we do. If you try them, please come back and leave me a comment below with your feedback and star rating!
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- 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted pecan halves
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the nuts. Pour the maple syrup over the nuts and mix well to coat evenly.
- Combine the coconut sugar, rosemary, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and cayenne in small bowl and stir well to combine.
- Pour the spice mixture over the nuts and mix well until evenly distributed.
- Pour the nut mixture onto the prepared baking sheet into one even layer. Bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning*.
- Add another sprinkle of salt, if desired.
- Let cool on the baking sheet.
- Once completely cool, transfer to an air-tight container.
*Be sure to stir well every 5 minute while roasting to prevent burning. After stirring, spread the nuts back out into one even layer.
The nuts will still be a bit soft when you take them out of the oven, but they will crisp up as they cool. If some of the nuts get stuck in clusters, you can simply break them apart.
Serving Size:1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g