Snacks are the best aren’t they? It’s one of the reasons I typically spend 40 minutes longer in Trader Joe’s than I’d like to… they have so many snacks!?
So, I like Trader Joe’s. OK. I can also be kinda lazy… especially if it’s raining. In fact, if it’s raining I’m finding a movie on TV I can sit through, making a cup of tea and figuring out what kind of homemade snacks I can eat because I aint leaving the house.
Enter this delicious nut blend. I made these all holiday season long and they were beyond well received. They’re great to bring to a friends house or get together and they’re really great for bringing to work with intentions to share but instead eating all of them in one sitting. They’re great for that.
Best part about these nuts is they’re really easy but pack a ton of flavor. They’re sweet and salty and best warm right out of the oven. Enjoy!
Twice Baked Rosemary Maple Nut Mix
Prep time: about 1 hour
Serves: However many can get their hands on them! But makes a little over 2 cups.
What you need:
2 1/4 cups mixed unsalted raw nuts (I used 1/2 cup peanuts, 1/2 cup cashews, 1/2 cup walnuts, and 3/4 cup almonds)
2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
pinch cayenne pepper
1-2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1.5 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp Earth Balance butter
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with tin foil for easy cleanup.
- Spread nuts evenly onto baking sheet and toast for about 10-12 minutes. Remove nuts and let cool for about 5 mins or so.
- While cooling, mix rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, maple syrup, sea salt, and just 1 tbsp of Earth Balance butter in a large bowl. Then, dump nuts into mixture and stir in 1 tbsp of melted Earth Balance butter, mixing well.
- Pour nuts back onto baking sheet and bake for another 10-12 minutes until golden. TIP: Keep your eyes on these! I have thrown away multiple versions of these tasty nuts because I let them go for 2 minutes too long and they turned black. As long as you watch them and don’t get distracted by Anderson Cooper’s appalling daytime talk show -Long story… but really Anderson? – you’ll be fine.
- Cool for about 20 minutes and serve warm.
I love this recipe. The combination of maple syrup and rosemary blows my mind. These are also easily store-able and will last for a couple weeks… if they’re still around to last that long!
Will you try this recipe? What nut combination do you think would be good?