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sweet and spicy nuts in two glass bowls

St. Nick's Drop It Like It's Hot Party Nuts

Sweet and spicy nut mix perfect to serve to guests during a party as an appetizer! Also great for gift giving. These nuts are festive and absolutely delicious. Only 20 minutes from start to finish!
Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nuts, Paleo, Snack
Keyword sweet and spicy nuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 301 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet or two small baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add nuts to a large bowl. Drizzle melted butter and maple syrup over the top. Toss to combine and coat the nuts. 
  3. Sprinkle on the salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and chia seeds. Toss again to coat the nuts with the spices and chia seeds. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on pan before dividing into airtight containers.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
St. Nick's Drop It Like It's Hot Party Nuts
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 3.3g21%
Carbohydrates 12.7g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4.4g5%
Protein 7.3g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.