These sweet and savory Indian-Spiced Mixed Nuts are full of warm spices including cinnamon, cardamom and brown sugar. Perfect for snacking, entertaining or gifting.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting in the kitchen to create edible gifts to hand out to our very large extended family on Christmas Eve. The big event takes place at my mom’s house and we usually host close to 35 family members including 12 kids under the age of 13.
Coming from a long line of foodies, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I’m not the only one handing out edible gifts. In fact, every year I bank on getting a fresh jar of my Aunt Paula’s Clarified Butter (Ghee) or, as we call it, Syrian butter.
Last year we gave out my husband’s Hermit Bars (chewy molasses ginger cookies) and my friend Sheila’s Sea Salt Pretzel Toffee. Let me tell you – they were a huge hit!!
I’m also desperate to try my friend Ali’s genius version involving graham crackers. I mean seriously…. !!!
This year I’m changing it up and enlisting the help of my 3 year old Sous Chef who absolutely loves to “help Mama cook.” We are making big batches of my sweet, salty and slightly spicy Indian-Spiced Mixed Nuts which couldn’t be a more kid-friendly recipe if I tried. The recipe is embarrassingly easy and the end result is absurdly delicious and addictive.
If Indian flavors aren’t your jam, get creative and make your own favorite spice blend. These nuts would be just as delicious with a little smoked paprika and sea salt, cinnamon and brown sugar or olive oil and rosemary. The options are endless.
No forks required.
Indian Spiced Nuts
- 2 cups Diamond of California Pecan Halves
- 1 cup Diamond of California Walnut Halves
- 1 cup Diamond of California Whole Almonds
- ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and have a baking pan ready to use.
- In a large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil with brown sugar and all spices (garam masala through cayenne.)
- Add nuts to the bowl and toss well to coat.
- Lay spice-coated nuts in an even layer on baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing once half way through the cooking process.
- Serve warm or store in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.
36 thoughts on “Indian Spiced Nuts”
Spicy flavored nuts are always a HUGE holiday hit. These look fantastic!
Thank you so much Brandy!!
I love that you guys do homemade gifts! They are basically the gifts that keep on giving. Especially these nuts! The perfect spiced up snack.
haha YES!! I have such a huge extended family – it’s nice to have something for everyone!
I love the spices you used for these!!!
These nuts will be perfect as a hostess gift! Delicious!!!
Thanks Gaby! Merry Christas!
You know how I love garam marsala! These nuts look amazing. Thanks for sharing my yumms!
I know you do girl!! xoxo
oh can you send me some! i think santa forgot this on his list! haha. YUM!
haha I wish I could!!
My husband is nuts (sorry I had to!) for Indian food, so I think these will be perfect for one of his stocking stuffers!
hahaha We are nuts for Indian food too!!
Love the flavor you added to this nut mix! What a great snack for the holidays!
Thank you so much!!! I love using Indian spices!
Love that Asher is so into cooking! He is so adorable. These nuts are definitely my jam and sound amazing!
He really is – it’s so cute!! And he’s actually pretty decent :)
I have a bad habit of snacking a lot, usually on junk food. This looks like a healthier option for me plus I love Indian spices.
I love to snack too which is why I really try to keep high-protein snacks around all the time. :)
My family would go nuts for this spiced nut mix. Seriously it looks great.
My kids wouldn’t stop eating it which normally wouldn’t be an issue but we made them for gifts – ahah!
Now, these are some nuts I can get behind. :) cardamom is way under used!!
It really is!!! I need to use it more often myself!
I love bringing any type of homemade flavored nut to a get together. It is so simple and easy to do. Do you think your aunt would adopt me so I could get a jar of Ghee too? What an awesome gift.
Hahah it’s funny I am almost out of ghee and hoping she brings me a jar!!
I love spiced nuts. Who doesn’t? Looking forward to try these out, although I wouldn’t have thought of adding garam masala ::)
I know – who doesn’t right?? So good and perfect with a glass of bubbly!
I love homemade food gifts. This one is perfect!
Me too friend!! Congrats again on your big appearance !!
These look fantastic! Perfect to make for holiday entertaining too, I love to have snacks around for people to munch. Can’t wait to try them!
Yes me too!! We always have visitors this time of year so it’s perfect. :)
I position myself directly beside the nut bowl at every holiday party, because I just can’t get enough! I love the cardamom in here. It’s such a lovely, warm spice.
I agree – I seriously need to use it more often!
Spiced nuts are ALWAYS the perfect gift! I’m loving the cardamom in these.
Thank you Brenda!! Merry Christmas!
Perfect for gifts and just to have to snacking while you’re watching the games over the holidays.