Honey Roasted Nuts

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Honey Roasted Nuts are a simple mixture of nuts, honey, a few spices, and a little bit of sugar. Just 15 minutes in the oven, and then serve them warm or cold!

For another delicious nut recipe that is great served warm, try my Rosemary Roasted Nuts!

Overhead view of the bowl of nuts on some burlap.

Roasted Nuts

Can I get an AMEN for honey roasted nuts?

I’ll say it. AMEN! For so many reasons.

  • A little bit sweet.
  • A little bit salty.
  • A little bit spicy.
  • And I’m a little bit IN LOVE with these nuts.

We eat a good share of nuts in our home, especially as salad toppers (like my Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad and my Simple Quinoa Salad), in our favorite granola recipe, the Peanut Butter Power Balls we eat non-stop, and as another couple of snacks – my Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans and the Best Candied Walnuts Recipe. Nuts are a great source of protein and energy, which is key to sustaining an active lifestyle.

A bowl of the honey roasted nuts with serving spoons on top.

Ingredients Needed

You’ll need just seven simple ingredients for this recipe!

  • Nuts – A combo of raw almonds and raw cashews. I like to buy these in bulk and store them in my freezer.
  • Honey – A key ingredient in this recipe, and it makes everything stick together as well as adds a sweetened flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper – For that back-kick of heat, that’s very subtle in taste.
  • Cinnamon – For that sweet taste that pair well with the cayenne.
  • Salt – Because we’re using raw nuts, it’s important to add some salt.
  • Sugar – Brown sugar is dusted on the nuts after baking, which prevents the nuts from getting overly sticky.

How to make Honey Roasted Nuts:

Step 1
Measure the nuts. You’ll need an equal ratio of almonds to cashews.

Step 2
Prepare honey mixture. In a microwaveable bowl, heat the honey up for about 30 seconds. Add the cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and salt to the honey, and mix well.

Step 3
Pour mixture over nuts. Pour the honey and seasoning mixture over the nuts, coating well.

Step 4
Spread on a sheet pan. Spread the prepared nuts evenly on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper.

Step 5
Bake. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes, or until nuts are fragrant and nicely browned. Be careful to NOT burn them!

Step 6
Add sugar. Remove the nuts from the oven, and sprinkle the brown sugar over top.

Step 7
Let cool slightly. As soon as you can safely handle the nuts (just 5 or so minutes), break the nuts apart, and remove from the parchment paper. (If you let the nuts sit too long on the parchment paper, they will stick to the paper and that’s no good!) Let the nuts continue to cool on the sheet pan, as pictured below.

Step 8
Serve! You can serve these nuts warm or cold. We normally store them in the freezer, and they are good straight away!

My hand in the bowl of nuts.

What kind of nuts should I use for this recipe?

I decided to go with just a mixture of almonds and cashews here, after trying walnuts too. The walnuts get a little burnt in 15 minutes time, so I eliminated them in this batch. If you want to include walnuts or pecans, it’s best to add them in after about five minutes. They just can’t take the same amount of heat as the other nuts.

Are nuts healthy?

Nuts are packed with protein, and most contain several heart-healthy substances, like good fats, Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and Vitamin E. They are quite high in calories, so it’s important to limit portions.

It should be noted that some of the nutrients are sensitive to heat and might be lost during the roasting process.

These honey roasted nuts start with raw nuts, and are lightly coated in a honey mixture, and then lightly dusted with brown sugar.

Storing and Freezing

Storing Tip – Keep honey roasted nuts in the refrigerator during warmer months, and on your counter during colder months.

Freezing Tip – These will keep well in a freezer bag for up to three months. They are a perfect snack to make up ahead of time for your next gathering.

A partial shot of the bowl of nuts.

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Make this snack next: Easy Caramel Popcorn

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A bowl of the honey roasted nuts with serving spoons on top.

Honey Roasted Nuts

Honey Roasted Nuts are a simple mixture of nuts, honey, a few spices, and a little bit of sugar. Just 15 minutes in the oven, and serve them warm or cold!
4.79 from 23 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey roasted nuts, sweet and spicy nuts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 1/3 cup servings
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 2 cup raw almonds
  • 2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • sprinkle of kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix the almonds and cashews together in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour honey in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds to a minute, just until it starts to bubble and become liquidy. Remove and add cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well.
  • Pour honey mixture over the nuts, and mix well, until the nuts are well coated. Pour nuts on baking sheet, and spread around evenly.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and nice and golden brown. Remove and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over the top. Add another sprinkle of salt, and let cool for just a few minutes.
  • **IMPORTANT! As soon as you can handle them safely, break the nuts apart and remove from the parchment paper onto the pan itself. The nuts will stick to the parchment paper if you let them sit too long.

Notes

  1. Make sure you break up the nuts and remove from the parchment AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, so they don’t stick to the parchment paper. Then let them cool the rest of the way!
  2. The spices are key to a sweet nutty taste with a slight spicy back-kick!
  3. Baking time will vary by oven. Be careful to avoid burning, but you want them to be nice and golden brown.
  4. Storing Tip – Keep them in the refrigerator during warmer months, and on your counter during colder months. 
  5. Freezing Tip – These will keep well in a freezer bag for up to three months. They are a perfect snack to make up ahead of time for your next gathering.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg

38 Comments

  1. These are delicious!!! Made them for 4th of July party. Will keep on file.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh great! Thanks for letting me know Barb! 🙂

    2. Don’t piss off Biff when it comes to his nuts 🥜

  2. tiffany windsor says:

    Just curious. The nutrition serving is per cup? Counting calories (yay 🙄)
    Second time making these btw and are too yummy!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Tiffany. The serving size is 1/3 cup.

  3. Julian D Scott says:

    Can these nuts be used in a cake if the spices are left off?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I have no idea how you are using them, so I can’t really say.

  4. Thanks for this recipe .. Just tried making some and have used too much honey. The nuts are really sticky. I’ve tried putting them back in the oven , the freezer but to no avail. I did sprinkle the brown sugar on as per recipe but it just seemed to soak in .. any ideas how I can dry them out so they don’t stick to fingers!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I think I would just transfer them to a baking sheet without parchment paper and just let them sit out for awhile. If that doesn’t work, try putting them back in the freezer in a single layer. These will be somewhat sticky, but not too much so. Good luck!

  5. Do the nuts need to be raw and can I use pecans too? Thanks!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Raw nuts are best for this recipe.

  6. Your health comment is inaccurate. As soon as nuts are cooked it changes the properties. Don’t write things you don’t know

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Maybe you could explain your thoughts?

  7. Looks like a great snack. Didn’t realize you could freeze nuts once flavored. Even better.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes, you should definitely try freezing the nuts.

  8. Those look addictively good, I can definitely see myself happily snacking on those! Love the little bit of spice.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      They are a great snack. Enjoy!

  9. I have never made anything like this – what a fantastic snack!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It’s pretty amazing. Hope you enjoy!

  10. colleen kennedy says:

    Mmmm, yes! This is my kind of comfort snacking right here! Homemade is so much better!

  11. Eileen Kelly says:

    We love these honey roasted nuts. A perfect balance of sweet and spice. I will be making these a lot. A tasty snack and they were so simple to prepare.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed these nuts, Eileen. We like to keep some in the freezer for cravings! 🙂

  12. Anne Lawton says:

    Yum we eat a lot of nuts, and I love how easy these are to make!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      They are super easy, and we like to keep a stash in the freezer. 🙂 Thanks Anne!

  13. OK- now you are talking my language! This is my TOP favorite snacks but I need to control myself because I could end up eating the whole jar in one seating. Great job here!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Haha, I know! I love nuts, and I’m glad you like them too! 🙂

  14. I’ve never made flavored nuts. Can’t wait to try this.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Let me know how the nuts turn out for you, Laura!

  15. Hi there,

    Do these nuts stick together after being roasted in honey?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Caitlin. They do stick together, but sprinkling the sugar over the top and then breaking them up before they are completely warm, and THEN letting them cool helps a lot. Let me know how they turn out!

  16. Marie McG says:

    How much is considered a serving? I’m not seeing that amount anywhere.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Each serving is about 1/3 of a cup. Will update that now!

  17. Valerie A Darlington says:

    I just tried it, and I love the flavors etc. Thanks for sharing this simple recipe.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Valerie! I’m so happy that you enjoyed these nuts. I keep a stash of them in the freezer for happy hour! 🙂

  18. I will give you an Amen also! These are amazing and a great snack. Very popular at parties….. More nuts please!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you! I love them too. 🙂

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