Pretty sure Snoop Dogg would approve of dez nutz.
Santa might even too.
Party nuts are one of my favorite things to snack on during the holiday season. *takes a sip of wine, eats a handful of nuts*
You know how it goes.
The more I write this, the more punny it’s getting.
Truth be told, I’m always making a fun version of candied maple pecans for our salads and that’s how these nuts came to be.
I had a ton of extra nuts in my pantry and decided to try and roast them in the oven for a crunchy version drizzled with maple syrup and dusted with spicy cayenne pepper.
How to make sweet and spicy nuts
- Use a few different nut varieties: cashews, pecans, walnuts and almonds. Everyone has their favorite so you can feel free to mix and match.
- Add maple syrup, a tiny little bit of butter or coconut oil, chia seeds, cayenne, chili powder, cinnamon and salt. Toss together and spread out on a pan.
- Roast nuts until perfectly golden and crunchy. Enjoy!
Trust me, you’re gonna love Santa’s sweet and spicy nuts. They’re a great gift during the holiday season and will last two weeks or longer if you place them into an airtight jar or container.
If you make these nuts, be sure to leave a comment and rate the below to let me know how you liked them!
St. Nick's Drop It Like It's Hot Party Nuts
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews
- 1 ½ cups raw walnut halves
- 1 ½ cups raw pecan halves
- 1 ½ cups raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon melted butter (or melted coconut oil or vegan butter)
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet or two small baking sheets with parchment paper.
Add nuts to a large bowl. Drizzle melted butter and maple syrup over the top. Toss to combine and coat the nuts.
Sprinkle on the salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and chia seeds. Toss again to coat the nuts with the spices and chia seeds.
Bake nuts for 15-20 minutes total, stirring the nuts with a spatula every 5 minutes. Nuts are done once they are slightly golden brown and have a very nutty aroma.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on pan before dividing into airtight containers.
Feel free to leave out chia seeds if you don't like them.
Nuts should be stored in an airtight container and will stay good for at least two weeks.