Sweet and Spicy Maple Mixed Nuts

I make spiced nuts a few times a year, but it is a Christmas time staple for our family.  I’ve been making a version of this recipe for many years for my family and for gifts. I have always used butter and brown sugar in the recipe.< We don’t use oil anymore and I try to use maple syrup for a sweetener whenever I can.  I was a little worried about changing this recipe to a no oil version.  HOWEVER, I am very excited to say this recipe is not only oil free and butter free, its better than the original.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

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Sweet and Spicy Maple Mixed Nuts

Oil Free Sweet and Spicy Maple Mixed Nuts

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 8 cups unsalted nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans, pistachios) or nuts of your choosing.
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp dark chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp cayenne if you like more spice adjust to your level
  1. Preheat oven to 310°.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside
  2. Add maple syrup, spices, and half the salt to a deep sauté pan. 
  3. Bring maple syrup and spices to a boil over to medium/high heat (2-3 min)
  4. Add nuts and stir until completely covered and stir until most of the maple syrup is sticking to the nuts and not a syrupy liquid on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle remaining salt and place in a 310° oven for 25-30 minutes depending on how hot your oven gets.
  6. Make sure then don’t burn.  Best part.. no stirring necessary while they are in the oven.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.  Store in and air tight container.

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