Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Nuts

by Carol Kicinski on December 5, 2015

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Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Nuts

If you’re looking for simple ideas to make the perfect hostess gift, these sweet and spicy nuts are just the thing. They are easy to whip up, easy to package, and in my experience – always welcome.

This Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Nuts recipe is great with drinks before dinner or on the buffet table for a cocktail party – just the right combination of salty, sweet, and spicy.

In fact, they are so good it might be a great idea to make extra for your own holiday parties!

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Notes: Little cookie tins or Chinese take-out boxes are an easy and cute way to package these up. If using tins, line them with parchment or tissue paper first. Look for raw nuts that are in big pieces for a more luxurious end product. Also, make sure your nuts are gluten free. I use sea salt in this recipe as opposed to table or kosher salt but in a pinch (pardon the pun!) kosher salt is fine. Use good quality olive oil and honey – I like Wholseome! organic honey.

Gluten Free Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Nuts Recipe


2 cups raw cashews
1 cup raw pecan halves
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon orange zest
4 tablespoons Wholesome! organic honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place all the nuts on a cookie sheet and roast for 8 minutes or until fragrant.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the olive oil, orange zest, honey, cinnamon, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

Remove the toasted nuts from the oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the spice mixture and gently toss to combine. Transfer the nuts to a serving dish and serve warm or let cool to package for gift giving.


This Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Nuts recipe makes about 5 cups of mixed nuts

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Sandi (gfchopstix) December 8, 2015 at 6:45 am

Such a lovely idea! I’ve reblogged to my site.


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