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Holiday Spiced Nuts with Rosemary and Thyme

by Kayla Grossmann

This year has brought us a holiday season like no other. We’re trying our best to stay festive, even as most of our usual holiday traditions and gatherings look quite different. We’re pausing until next year, trying to host events via Zoom, doing drive-by gift exchanges and just generally getting creative about how to celebrate the season.

So, we’re resolving to find the festive moments in the everyday - which is exactly how we ended up with this delicious Holiday Spiced Nuts recipe to share with you! It’s a super simple 3 step recipe that will bring you lots of joy this holiday season.

These Holiday Spiced Nuts are a perfect recipe to make for yourself, your family or to package and share with friends and family! Plus the smell of these roasting in the oven will get you feeling festive in no time!

These Holiday Spiced Nuts with Rosemary and Thyme can be made with any nuts you have on hand, it only dirties 1 pan and it all comes together with less than 10 minutes of work.

We used almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews and hazelnuts, but feel free to add in peanuts, Brazil nuts, pepitas, pistachios, macadamia nuts, or any other nuts/seeds you love. Then, the combination of savory herbs, a little kick from a dash of cumin and cayenne and the hint of sweetness from the maple syrup makes these a symphony fit for this season!

Put out a bowl of these Spiced Nuts for your small family gatherings during the holidays, snack on them while you’re Zoom-ing with Grandma, or maybe even double the batch and deliver a few to friends and neighbors in cute little Mason jars tied with a bow!

How to Make These Spiced Nuts with Rosemary and Thyme

This recipe really couldn’t be any easier. First, gather 3 cups of raw, unsalted nuts. We love using a mixture of almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts, but feel free to add based on what you have and what you love! Add them to a sheet pan and preheat the oven to 300° F.

Then, chop up the fresh herbs. Rosemary and thyme are our favorites, but you could also toss in some sage, parsley, marjoram, oregano or whatever you have on hand. Toss the herbs into a small bowl with some olive oil and mix. Let the herbed olive oil sit for 5 or so minutes to allow the flavor of the herbs to soak into the oil a bit.

Next, add in the maple syrup for a little sweetness and some cumin and a touch of cayenne for a small kick! Pour the flavored oil over the nuts, toss and sprinkle with some sea salt and black pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes until browned and super aromatic.

Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheet pan all the way - the flavors are best once the nuts have cooled a touch.

You can serve warm or let cool all the way to store in an airtight container. They’ll last well on the counter for up to 10 days!

Holiday Spiced Nuts with Rosemary and Thyme

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Makes: 3 cups

Ingredients:

3 cups  organic raw, unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, etc)

2 tablespoons  organic olive oil

1 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon organic maple syrup

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon  sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat the oven to 300° F. Place all the nuts on a sheet pan.

In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, chopped rosemary and thyme leaves. Set aside for 5 minutes until aromatic. Then stir in the maple syrup, cumin and cayenne pepper. Pour the flavored oil over the nuts and toss to coat evenly.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Use a spatula to remove and break up the nuts and store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

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