During the holidays, our front door turns into a revolving door of friends and family, so I always need something quick and easy that I can throw in a bowl to ease everyone’s holiday munchies. My Spiced Nut Mix is simple to make (our kids love mixing the nuts in the bowl), it stores well, and it is absolutely addictive! I always make extra so I can send guests home with little jam jars full of nuts—perfect party favors.
Makes about 4 cups.
2 cups whole almonds
1 cup walnut halves
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup cashews
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked
1 teaspoons sea salt
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the nuts, seeds, olive oil, maple syrup, paprika, cayenne, rosemary and sea salt. Stir well to combine.
Tip the mixture onto the baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and sticky. Cool tray on a rack, allowing the nuts to cool completely.
For the skinny on nuts and their nutritional benefits, check out the "Eat Happy" column in the February issue of Live Happy magazine, which comes out January 3.
Marissa Hermer, with her husband Matt, owns several successful restaurants and nightclubs around the world, including the award-winning Great British Brasserie, Bumpkin. She is also a cast member on Bravo’s series Ladies of London, which debuted its third season November 2016. Marissa's first cookbook, An American Girl In London: 101 Nourishing Recipes For Your Family From a California Expat, will be available April 2017.
Ladies of London airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on Bravo.