Honey-Roasted Nuts

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Honey roasted nuts are a super easy recipe that can be made in minutes in the microwave. They’re delicious for nibbling, as part of a charcuterie board, cheese platter, or tucked inside a basket as a holiday gift. This honey roasted nut recipe has a hint of cinnamon and orange zest and are low in sugar, which makes them the perfect healthy snack.

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Ingredients for honey-roasted nuts:

This recipe calls for pecans, walnuts and almonds, but you can use peanuts, macadamia nuts or even pumpkin seeds. 

roasted nuts ingredients.
  • 3 cups total mixed nuts, pecan halves, walnuts and almonds, toasted lightly.
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted.
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

How to make honey-roasted nuts:

  • lightly toast the nuts at 350 degrees F. for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  • In a large microwave-safe, large bowl toss nuts, melted butter, honey, orange zest, cinnamon and sea salt until well coated.
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  • Microwave nut mixture at full-power for about 7 minutes, stirring half way through heating.
  • Pour mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. 
  • Spread nuts in a single even layer using a silicone spatula or wooden spoon. (Nuts will be hot!)
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  • Allow to cool completely at room temperature Break up nut mixture.
  • Store in an airtight container or glass jars.
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  • Like spicy nuts? Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper.
  • Add pumpkin or sunflower seeds to the nut blend.
  • For a vegan friendly recipe swap the butter for coconut oil.

Tips suggestions:

  • Use raw, unsalted nuts.
  • The humidity can affect the outcome. A more humid day can mean stickier nuts.
nuts in gift bags.

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For holiday gifts, use small Cellophane Bags, Candy Cups, or Small Paper Boxes.

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Honey Roasted Nuts

Honey roasted nuts have a hint of cinnamon and orange zest. These nuts are a delicious snack or a lovely addition to a holiday gift basket. Recipe from Gourmet Magazine, October, 1991. Makes 3 pounds or 2, 1/8 cup servings.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Candy, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings
Calories 394 kcal



Serving: 1servingCalories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 9gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 13mgPotassium: 304mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 44IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2mg
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