These roasted spicy nuts need just 5 minutes of prep and are a good Whole30 compliant snack. The nut mix includes cashews, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts but will work with any mix of nuts you choose.
An Easy Recipe for Spiced Nuts
This homemade nut mix is much healthier than store bought options. Here’s how you’ll make it:
- Mix up the seasonings
- Toss the nuts in a little oil and coat with the seasonings
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes
- Allow the nuts to cool and serve warm or at room temperature
Looking for more healthy snacks? Check out this listing of Whole30 Snacks!
How Long To Roast Nuts?
I’ve found that roasting nuts at 350° Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes cooks them perfectly.
If you cook them at a higher temp you risk burning them and at a lower temp they take longer and never get that “toasted” taste and texture.
Just make sure you pull the sheet pan out carefully halfway through and gently stir the nut mix so it cooks evenly. You’ll get great results every time!
Tips for Keeping the Seasoning on Homemade Spicy Nuts
To help the seasonings stick to homemade roasted nuts, here’s what to do:
- Coat the nuts completely with your preferred oil (avocado or olive oil work great)
- Immediately toss the nuts with the seasoning mixture
- Gently stir the nuts to mix when cooking and don’t shake them around a lot
Following these tips will help keep the seasonings on the nuts. However, some will always fall off into the container.
But who doesn’t enjoy those last few handfuls with extra seasoning?
A Note on the Nut Mix
We chose a mix of nuts that we always have on hand in our cupboard for this recipe. However, you can really use any mixture of nuts you choose.
You can substitute macadamia nuts for a lower carb option if you’re doing keto. You can change the ratios to have more almonds or cashews, just keep the total amount of nuts at 4 cups.
Nuts with ridges on them (walnuts, pecans, etc.) will “soak up” the seasoning more, so keep that in mind.
Your Turn to Make This Easy Spicy Nut Mix
Go ahead and roast a batch of these spicy nuts! They are addicting and a great snack for while you’re out and about on a busy day.
Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Also, take a photo and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood, so we can check it out. We love to see what you’re making!
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Homemade Spicy Nuts in 20 Minutes (Whole30)
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Add all of the nuts to a bowl. Prepare the spice mixture by combining all the seasonings in a small bowl or ramekin and mixing.
- Drizzle the nuts with the olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture all over the nuts and toss to coat again.
- Place nuts in a single layer on the sheet pan. Place in the oven to roast for 15 minutes, removing halfway through to stir.NOTE: All ovens cook differently, so adjust your cooking time as needed. Start checking the nuts around 10 minutes and remove them when cooked. They will start to burn/blacken a little if you leave them in too long.
- Remove nuts from oven and allow them to cool.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Followed the recipe exactly as written. 10 minutes was perfect.. yummerz.. will make these again. Thanks
So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for coming back to share how it went! 🙂
These just came out of the oven (I used freshly shelled pecans) and are amazing! My changes were substituting paprika in place of cumin and instead of black pepper I had Penzeys seasoned pepper on hand.
I used the recipe as a guide but did my own spice blend using dried ghost peppers, paprika, and red pepper flakes. I roasted as said and they came out amazing. I also ended up with a ton of extra spice mix so I just made a second batch!! delightful
Sounds amazing James, thanks for coming back to review the recipe and share your experience!
Tip: check after 10 mins incase your oven is on the hot side – like mine. I should have taken mine out after 10 mins. I also wouldn’t use walnuts next time. Super easy.
Thanks for this tip. I’m going to update the recipe card with a note to start checking them around 10 minutes.
As a child growing up my mom would always make these around Christmas time. Getting them in my stocking was always a nice surprise. I have always wanted to make them but couldn’t find a recipe. Not knowing if the seasonings are what she used but I’m going to try them and see if they are what I remember. I will let you know how they turned out.
Sounds great, hope they are what you are looking for 🙂
I went to the store and bought some nuts but I had to shell them. I need another alternative for them. Anyways, I made them and they are just like how I remember. They are absolutely delicious.
The seasoning was excellent, but these burned in the oven for me. Next time I’ll try taking them out earlier or maybe a lower temp. But the seasoning is perfecto.
I’m bummed to hear that these burned. Sorry about that, hopefully the lower temp/time will work next time.
I received a jar of homemade spicy nut mix for Christmas and liked it so much that I looked to the internet for inspiration and luckily landed on this recipe.
So glad I did! It is easy, quick, and delicious! Will make this recipe a permanent one in my recipe box. Thank you for sharing!
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Thanks for this lovely easy recipe great for Christmas and GF & DF
Hi Justin! The directions say to place nuts in a single layer on baking sheet, but then step 2 says put the nuts in a bowl. Do you bake the nuts first or mix the spices and olive oil, then bake them. A little confusing! Thank you!!
Sorry about that, the first step is wrong and didn’t get updated when we edited this recipe. Toss the nuts with the oil and spices before putting them on the sheet to bake. Enjoy 😊
I had stale pecans which I read could be saved by baking. I used them in this recipe and they are delicious! Great recipe! I sprinkled more spice to suit our taste after cooking while they were still warm. I used only pecans because I had 8 cups to use up. Cooked them up in 2 batches. Fantastic! Tip: Use your uncooked pecans quickly and store in the freezer not on the shelf!
That’s great, thanks for the tip!
Absolutely delicious recipe. We used walnuts and pepitas which needed a little less cooking time – we went with 12 mins and they were perfect! Thank you!!
well, I see that I am in a minority. I didn’t like this at all! I wouldn’t know where to begin to improve it. I love cumin but was reluctant to put it in with the other spices. I should have left it out. My husband didn’t like it either. Very expensive item to throw in the garbage.
Sorry to hear that Arlene. We love this recipe and it has many positive reviews, but everyone has different taste. Wishing you the best.
Warning! This mix is so good you will keep wanting just one more bite! The spices are a perfect blend to jazz up your regular almonds and cashews. I even added some pumpkin and sunflower seeds to mine and it was a great mix! Definitely recommend having this one on hand!!
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Making your recipe to take the movies tomorrow. My sister and I are going, we’re both doing Whole30 this month. I think she’ll like this as much as I will.
I think you’ll both love them! It’s great you are both doing the Whole30, wishing you the best 🙂
Hello, these look delish so I’ll be making a batch or three for gifting. One question – do you recommend using raw, unsalted nuts or do already roasted/salted nuts work as well? Thanks for the inspiration!
You can use either raw or previously roasted. However, if you use already salted nuts you will want to omit the salt from the seasonings. A great gift!
Absolutely DE-LISH!!! SO easy,,,, definitely an excellent snack for the road. Thankful you shared . 😍
So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for giving it a try. And thanks for returning to leave a rating and review! We really appreciate it. 🙂
These are really good! And so easy! Thanks!
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Simple and delicious! Exactly the type of recipe I was looking for. Just the right amount of spice and flavor! Thank you!
You’re very welcome, glad you enjoyed the recipe!
These are really good! And so easy! Thanks!
You’re very welcome 🙂
I made mixed nut butter with a pound of (almonds,cashews,pistachios, and pecans) with sea salt. I blended in your spice package minus the sea salt. DELICIOUS. Thank you.
So so easy and yummy!! I actually made them while cooking banana bread since the oven was already at the temp I needed it to be at for this recipe. Great way to kill time while wait for anything that takes awhile to bake or cook!
Perfect snack ??
What a great idea to do two things at once :). Glad you enjoyed the recipe.
These were so easy and incredibly tasty
How far ahead of serving can this recipe be made? How can it be stored if making ahead?
These can be made at least a couple of weeks ahead. Just store them in an airtight container.
YUMMY! Two things…all I had were pecans and I mistakenly added chipotle chili powder instead of red pepper. I said what the heck and added both. I usually make the candies pecans for Christmas…I think I’ll make a batch of these up for gifts next year also. Very good recipe, thank you!
Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Very good. I like this as an alternative snack to chips for sure. I found that a 1tsp addition of brown sugar was a nice touch of sweet and salty. Perfectly good just as the recipe calls for though.
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Awesome recipe. I have already made a second batch to take on our camping trip. I took the easy way out and bought pre-roasted, salted nuts from the bulk bins at my H-E-B. Then made the recipe as directed. Switched to macadamia nuts instead of cashews to make it lower carbs /Keto friendly
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