Holiday Spiced Mixed Nuts are an absolutely addictive combination of fried shallots, rosemary, and nuts, spiced with cayenne and sea salt. A little coconut sugar adds a touch of sweetness and a flavor explosion.
This recipe is not mine – but I’ve made it so many years in a row, I’m beginning to be known for it.
A friend of mine I used to work with, the amazing chef Paul Gandy (an amazing chef, but not a blogger or photographer!), brought these in to work one year. They were so addictive, the big container he brought was gone before we knew it.
I had to make them as Christmas gifts that year — I wrapped up jars of them for everyone’s stockings. On Christmas morning, everyone was cracking open the jars – and then I found myself writing out the recipe several times.
It’s that good. One of those recipes you’ll come back to again and again. Just a few ingredients turns a regular bowl of mixed nuts into a truly special holiday food.
Shallots and rosemary are the big flavors in these roasted nuts, but the sweet/salty/spicy combo is what really takes them over the top.
Earlier this week, I shared a recipe for Crispy Baked Coconut Shrimp — these nuts were in the photos, and I offered some suggestions for putting together a healthy holiday party spread in less than an hour. Coconut Shrimp + these Holiday Spiced Mix Nuts = the most popular party host on the block this year.
Or take my cue – and make a big batch of these to add to jars and give them as gifts. If choosing this option, I recommend making them within a few days of gifting them. They have never lasted more than a couple of days in my house, but because of the fresh ingredients, I imagine they won’t last longer than maybe a week.
Tips for Holiday Spiced Mixed Nuts
- Make it Vegetarian/Vegan: Sub vegan butter or olive oil in place of the real butter used in this recipe.
- Make it Paleo: Sub honey in place of the coconut sugar.
Holiday Spiced Mixed Nuts
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons shallots minced
- 2 tablespoons rosemary fresh (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- 2 cups nuts mixed, raw
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or more, to taste
- pinch cayenne pepper to taste
- Add the butter to a frying pan over medium heat.
- Add to shallots and chopped fresh rosemary, and fry for 5-7 minutes until the shallots are browned.
- Add the nuts and coconut sugar, and start by adding 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and a pinch of cayenne. Stir, and allow the coconut sugar to melt and bring the spices and herbs together and coat the nuts. I've found the brown sugar melts better and provides a better coating for the nuts, but I prefer using coconut sugar, which still melts but mostly clings to the shallots and rosemary (it's okay - you'll get bites of this with the nuts!). Add more cayenne and sea salt to taste.
- Allow to cool, and stir occasionally to keep the sugar from clumping.
Other Healthy Party Recipes:
- Bacon Scallop Lollipops with Honey Sriracha Glaze, by The Endless Meal
- Zucchini Feta Fritters, by Cooktoria
- Everything Bagel Popcorn, by Vitamin Sunshine
- Crispy Baked Coconut Shrimp, by Vitamin Sunshine