I have a problem. Whenever I go to a party, I am that person that can always been found near the food table. If there are snacks or appetizers out, that is the first (and probably only) place you’ll see me. If I had it my way, most times I would fill-up on delicious finger foods and skip the entree. I mean, who doesn’t want to keep refilling their plate with an assortment of foods to nibble on? That’s just the way I see it.
But there’s one snack that gets me every. single. time. Mixed nuts. It doesn’t matter if they’re sweet, salty or raw. When I see a bowl of mixed nuts, I usually don’t leave its side until I’m way too full to eat anything else, or the kind host has to move me away by offering to send me home with a full tupperware container.
Now that the holidays are officially over (sniff), I have no more gatherings to look forward to
having a giant bowl of mixed nuts in front of me catching-up with family and friends. So I decided to take matters into my own hands, and developed my own protein-filled medley. I combined some of my favorite nuts (almonds and walnuts) with my favorite salty snack (pretzels) and lightly coated it all with a bit of citrus, sweetness and spice. The result was just as addicting as I had hoped. I will definitely be making double next time so that I could have some to share. 😉
Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nut Mix
Keywords: bake appetizer snack vegetarian nuts Christmas Super Bowl
Note: I bought all lightly- salted nuts. Therefore, I did not add any additional salt, but feel free to play around with the saltiness based on your ingredients and personal preferences.
- 1/2 cup almonds (lightly salted)
- 1/2 cup walnuts (lightly salted)
- 1/2 cup peanuts (lightly salted)
- 1 cup pretzel sticks
- 2 tbs. honey
- 2 tbs. brown sugar
- 1 tbs. orange juice
- 1/4 tsp. chili powder (more if you want added heat!)
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- Salt, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In medium bowl, mix together nuts and pretzels.
2. In a small bowl, mix together honey, brown sugar, and orange juice. Stir in chili powder, rosemary and salt. Pour into bowl of mixed nuts and stir to coat evenly.
3. Spread nut mixture into a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes, until nuts are glazed and golden brown, being careful not to burn them. Remove from oven and nuts to cool to room temperature before mixing. Taste for seasoning and add additional rosemary and/or salt, if needed. Mix together, serve and enjoy!
~What are your favorite ingredients in nut mixes?