Spicy Nuts! Perfect For Christmas

Spicy Nuts, perfect for Christmas!

One of our absolute ‘must haves’ at Christmas time, are bowls of these deliciously fragrant and nutritious homemade spicy nuts. To tell you the truth, they’re good at any time of year. Just look at the honey glistening on these, all ready to go into the oven. I got the recipe from a lovely neighbour who foolishly parked a bowl of these in front of me while we were chatting one day.  I think it might be a Nigella recipe but I’m not 100% sure.  Either way, your Christmas really won’t be complete without them.  They’re so easy to make en masse for family and friends to nibble on when they come to visit you over the Christmas holidays. Very helpful when you haven’t quite got yourself together in the kitchen because you were too busy chatting.  Careful though, they’ll totally ruin your appetite.

What You Need:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

  • 100g Cashew Nuts
  • 100g Macademia Nuts
  • 120g Pecan Nuts
  • 60g Whole Almonds (skin on)

(or the equivalent weight of whichever nuts you prefer)

  • 80 Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1tbsp Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Nigella Seeds (Black Onion Seeds)
  • 3 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Runny Honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Coarsely Ground Pepper
  • 2 tsp Cayenne

What You Do:

  • Scatter all the ingredients (except the cayenne & the pepper) into a roasting tray and mix.
  • Toast lightly in the oven until brown for approximately 10 minutes
  • Leave to cool in the tin, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove rosemary leaves, add cayenne and black pepper to taste.
  • Stir thoroughly.

Spicy Nuts Perfect For Christmas!

Spicy Nuts, perfect for Christmas!


TheseBomb Proof Meringues and Gluten Free Berry Muffins are also good for Christmas and family gatherings too of course.


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  • Donna
    December 23, 2015 AT 4:46 PM

    Yum, these sound simply delicious! I love roasting huge trays of nuts over the holidays, will have to give this version a go!

    • International Elf Service
      January 1, 2016 AT 8:46 PM

      Ooh what do you roast yours with Donna? The trouble is we end up eating far too many!

  • Honest mum
    November 24, 2015 AT 11:03 PM

    Oh wow, perfect for Christmas, my husband would love this-I can’t eat nuts nor can my Dad 🙁 x

    • International Elf Service
      November 24, 2015 AT 11:13 PM

      Our youngest can’t either but ‘Grandpa’ can inhale them by the kilo! He adores these.

  • Sarah
    November 24, 2015 AT 10:36 PM

    These look delicious – pinning 🙂

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    November 6, 2015 AT 12:12 PM

    I’m so in the Christmas mood now! These nuts sound so yummy. My Godmother makes a candied nut recipe. I’ve never had one with these flavours so I’ll have to give it a try! Thank you so much for having linked up with us at #foodpornthursdays every week! I always look forward to your new recipes! x

    • International Elf Service
      November 10, 2015 AT 10:43 PM

      Oooh candied nuts sound GORGEOUS!!!! Thank you so much for hosting and I’ll miss the linky – we must stay in touch x

      • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
        January 1, 2016 AT 6:10 PM

        These are so delicious – I made them & they went down a treat!! x

        • International Elf Service
          January 1, 2016 AT 8:49 PM

          I made a batch last week using maple syrup instead of honey – very yum indeed!

  • John Adams
    October 29, 2015 AT 6:56 AM

    This looks amazing. I can also think of two little children who would absolutely love this (although I may have tio make it a little less spicy). Thanks for the recipe suggestion #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • International Elf Service
      October 29, 2015 AT 9:40 AM

      Ah thank you John! Yes our kids love them too and as you add the spice at the end when they’re cool, you can even split the batch into no spice / some spice / blow your head off spice!

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