Honey-Roasted Nuts


Honey-Roasted Nuts

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Honey-roasted nuts


  • 1,5c mixed raw nuts e.g. cashews, almonds, macadamias, peanuts, etc
  • 1T olive oil
  • 2T honey
  • ½t sea salt or Himalayan crystals (I like salt flakes, otherwise use ground)

Optional flavours (pick one or mix them):

  • 1t wholegrain mustard
  • 1½t fresh rosemary leaves, cut up very fine
  • 2t dukkah
  • 1t ground cinnamon
  • ½t ground cumin and ½t ground coriander
  • Chilli to taste, finely chopped or ground
  • Anything else you think might work


Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a flat baking tray with baking paper. You could just oil it, but the mix becomes very messy when it heats up so it’s nice to be able to just chuck the paper away, rather than having to scrub your baking tray.

Measure the nuts into a biggish bowl. If you are using fresh herbs or chilli, chop them up very finely. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, honey, salt and whatever other flavours you are using. Pour over the nuts and mix well.

Place nuts, preferably in a single layer, on the baking tray and in the oven. Cook for 5 minutes then stir – the honey mix should be bubbling. Then cook for another 5 minutes and stir. Don’t worry about the honey/oil mix, which may be looking a bit burnt around the edges now – just keep your eye on the nuts and keep stirring.

At this point (after a total of 10 minutes), check to see if they are looking nicely browned. If they are, stop there. If not, or if you like your nuts VERY roasted, give them another minute or two at a time – literally. Do not go away and do something else, or you may end up with charred nuts, which is a real waste. Inevitably there will be a few that have gone too far anyway, no matter how careful you’ve been.

When they are done to your satisfaction, carefully remove the whole piece of baking paper from the tray (watch out for the hot honey and oil mix), so the nuts don’t keep cooking from the heat of the tray, and leave them on the paper on a rack to cool.

You may like to eat some when they are still slightly warm, but if you are going to store them, cool them down completely. Then break up the clumps as much as you want (the honey sticks them together), and store in an airtight container to eat at your leisure.


© Alexandra Lawrence and Inspired Nourishment, 2014




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