Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Roasted Mixed Nuts

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Roasted Mixed Nuts

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A few weeks ago, I picked up some Spicy Mixed Nuts from Chef Kev at the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver. We ran out of the mixed nuts in no time at all. They were so good, I decided to try my hand at making some of my own.

This recipe makes mixed nuts that are sweeter than Chef Kev’s but they’re still delicious. Some members of the Fox Household actually prefer the Sweeter ones to the Spicy Mixed Nuts from Granville Island.

A quick and easy recipe for roasted mixed nuts that anyone would be happy to receive as an edible gift. Put some of the mixed nuts in a glass jar, tie a pretty holiday ribbon around the jar and you’re all set.

Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Roasted Mixed Nuts

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Refined Sugar Free | Vegan | Vegetarian

Summary: This recipe makes roasted mixed nuts that are more sweet than spicy. If you would like more spice, try reducing the sugar or maple syrup by a Tbsp and increase the cayenne pepper by 1/4 tsp at a time until you reach the desired spiciness.



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a 7 x 11 oven safe glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place mixed nuts in the baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, mix maple syrup, brown sugar, lime, oil, pepper, paprika and cayenne. If you’re thinking about adjusting the seasoning, now would be the time to do it. Dip a raw nut into the liquid mixture, taste it and added more sugar or cayenne. Note: I added the salt later because I wanted my mixed nuts to have some salt crystals on them.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the mixed nuts and stir well.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture is very hot and bubbly. Remove dish from oven, add sesame seeds, stir well. Return dish to the oven for another 5-7 minutes, watch carefully, you don’t want the nuts to burn.
  6. As soon as the nuts come out of the oven, sprinkle with some of the coarse sea salt, stir, taste. Add more coarse salt as needed.
  7. Immediately transfer the nuts to a parchment lined plate to cool. Best if stored in the fridge, use within a week or two.

Quick notes

Making roasted mixed nuts is quick and easy and I’m sure anyone on your list, would be happy to receive these nuts as an edible gift. Fill a glass jar with the roasted nuts, tie a pretty holiday ribbon around the jar and you’re all set.


  • If you like more spice, try reducing the sugar or maple syrup by a Tbsp and increase the cayenne pepper by 1/4 tsp at a time until you reach the desired spiciness.
  • I also think some ground chipolte pepper would be very good in the spice mixture for this recipe but I didn’t have any on hand to try.
  • Try using a different nut variety, or add seeds to the nut mixture. Pistachio nuts come to mind, as do pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I bet you could even add dried cherries or cranberries to the mix.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan | Vegetarian

Diet tags: Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Refined Sugar Free

Number of servings (yield): 4 Cups

Recipe by Laureen.

This posting is linked to the following events:

Wellness Weekends hosted by Ricki from Diet, Desserts and Dogs

Allergy Friendly Friday hosted by Cybele Pascal

My Meatless Mondays hosted by My Sweet and Savoury

Make Your Own! Mondays hosted by Nourishing Treasures

Bake With Bizzy hosted by Bizzy B Bakes

It’s a Keeper Thursday hosted by Christina at It’s a Keeper

Make-It-Yourself Monday hosted by H. Rae at An Original Belle

Family Time Tuesday hosted by Janice at Celebrating Family

Made From Scratch Tuesday hosted by Jen at Mess Hall To Bistro

Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party – Day 1 hosted by Jen at Tatertots and Jello

Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party – Day 2 hosted by Nikki at chef in training

Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays hosted by Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

Mrs Fox’s Sweet Partyhosted by Mrs Fox’s Sweets

Gluten Free Wednesdays hosted by Linda from Gluten-Free Homemaker

These Chicks Cooked Link Party hosted by Katie  from This Chick Cooks

Gallery of Favorites hosted by Alea from Premeditated Leftovers

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Laureen is an enthusiastic amateur cook and Canadian Food Blogger from Vancouver BC. She loves spending her days creating good wholesome food in the Fox Kitchen. Evenings will find her blogging about the best that living without gluten has to offer.
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    • Laureen says:

      :-) Thanks for stopping by. The roasted mixed nuts are good and so easy to make! I don’t know why I’ve never made them before. I’m going to make a couple more batches this week. A spicier one for us and a sweet n spicy for gifts.

    • Laureen says:

      Hi Kristen, it was nice to have you in the Fox Kitchen, I love having visitors. Please pop back on over here to let me know how the mixed nuts turn out. I’m sure your husband will love them!

  1. Janice says:

    This looks so yummy! Congrats you are the highlighted post on my blog carnival Family Time Tuesday! Come link up a post again! :)


    • Laureen says:

      Hi Tessa, I’m glad you enjoyed the Roasted Mixed Nuts. Adding fresh Rosemary, I love rosemary. I might have to give your version a try. I would love to join your new blog hop but I’m afraid it will have to wait until I get a handle on my current health situation. I hope to post something about that soon…from my iPhone no less ;D
      Thanks for stopping by.

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