Savoury Roasted Nuts – the Perfect Healthy Snack

Nuts are a perfect snack, delicious as well as healthy. Roasting them brings out their nutty aroma perfectly whilst a variety of spices, hot sauce and olive oil add flavour. Here we have some plain roasted pecans mixed with some spicy cashews and sea salt almonds. You can use any nuts you like or roast some sunflower seeds. 

What do you do when you stumble upon a random stash of nuts someone put in an old popcorn bucket above the fridge? That example was oddly specific, I’ll admit. You can obviously use any type of nut, preferably ones on sale, and a variety of spice blends to make a healthy and delicious roasted nut mix. I like roasting them separately and make a variety of different flavours, but you can also make them all at once. Nuts are a great source of protein, healthy fats, minerals and vitamins. This mix makes it easy to incorporate more nuts in your diet. My secret little tip: the spicy cashews are a perfect addition to a pad Thai (recipe here). 

Savoury Roasted Nuts

Difficulty: ⅕ Time: about 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • raw nuts and seeds (anything you like)
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • smoked paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • hot sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the nuts* out. Add a drizzle of olive oil and spices/hot sauce to taste. Mix everything until all the nuts are covered. 
  3. Roast the nuts giving them the occasional toss to make sure they roast evenly for 10 to 15 minutes. The nuts should have a nutty aroma and be a little darker, not burned. Let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

*Roast all nuts at once or make a variety of flavours by roasting them one kind at a time.


Well, there you have an easy and delicious recipe for roasted nuts. It certainly makes it easier to eat nuts, maybe a little too easy. Nuts have lots of calories but they’re the good ones. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this blog post and have a great day. Stay safe and wear a mask.

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