Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nut Mix

by simplylife on January 28, 2013

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.

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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.

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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

by Simply Life

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.

 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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!

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~What are your favorite ingredients in nut mixes?

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Oh man, what a great sounding snack mix! Love your photos too. Could definitely eat this by the handful….

  • The Candid RD

    Funny, I just make a mix very similar to this one that I will be posting in a couple weeks! This one sounds very unique though ,with the OJ and honey. I love how it’s glossy! Looks delicious.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I love this!! The perfect party mix! I think my favorite ingredient in nut mixes are almonds, especially if they’re roasted. Something about them makes me like them better than other nuts.

  • Allieksmith

    Mmmm, this sounds SO good! Rosemary is one of my absolute favorite spices :)

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I’m not a huge fan of regular nut mixes usually, but I love the ones that have a sweet component like this! The sweet-salty thing is so addicting.

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I love making a meal out of appetizers. I guess in nut mixes, I like almonds the most!

  • a farmer in the dell

    I love a good snack mix! this sounds delicious!

  • yummychunklet

    What a gorgeous and tasty first photo!

  • Deepa

    Yummy and crispy looking nuts.
    Deepa

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III Kristen

    i definitley dont think you have a problem. its a good thing. and these are beautiful looking!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    My favourite nuts are walnuts, but in typical mixes I go for the cereal pieces over the nuts usually.

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    Believe me, if you served these, you’d find me near the food table too! They look incredible!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    Samesies! Especially if I feel kind of awkward/don’t really know anyone at the party. This nut mix looks awesome! Love that sweet and spicy flavor combo.

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Your nut mix sounds delicious. I love cashews in my nut mix.

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Bee

    I love making this stuff from scratch–you can really choose how much salt and such is in it!

  • http://twitter.com/tri2cook Shannon G

    i’m the same way with notes, and especially when you add in rosemary :) this looks amazing, and should be on my table this sunday!

  • Mom

    Ooooh, count me in on this one! I simply love that you created your own recipe!!! Oh my gosh, how I love this. My favorite all time mixed nuts were when I followed and re-created a recipe I saw on the Food Network! Oh, I still remember them. I think my favorite spice involved in this delight was the use of rosemary! This one’s a keeper as it doesn’t call for 2 sticks of margarine like that one did! Thanks :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    Such an addictive and delicious nut snack mix :D

    Cheers
    CCU
    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

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  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I love this! I like the addition of pretzels to the mix. Very delicious and totally addictive.

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