moroccan spiced nuts
It’s Monday. Again. Another day, another dollar. Good thing I made us some Moroccan spiced nuts for our energy needs.
Oof, that started out kind of Debbie Downer. Sorry about that. Good thing I made us some Moroccan spiced nuts for our energy needs!
These little snackaroos are my new favorite thing to munch on, well, pretty much whenever I’m not eating a meal. So that would be around 10 a.m., when I get my first mid-morning hunger pangs because the oatmeal has worn off but lunch is still soooo far away; and then again at 1:30 p.m., because lunch was so delicious that I kind of just want to keep it going; and then again around 3:30 p.m., which I consider my official “snacktime” because everyone needs an official snacktime. Sometimes there’s also a pre-dinner snack. And then sometimes I need a little sum-sumthin’ savory for dessert.
Hey, I’m enjoying these extra snacktimes while I can (ya know, for the babe). Pretty soon I have a feeling I’ll be wanting sleep more than food, in which case we’ll be talking about my nap schedule instead of my snack schedule (JOKES. I wouldn’t do that to you. Though I did just give you a rundown of my snack regimen, so… I heart you. Thanks for sticking with me here).
OK, let’s just talk about these nuts already. Moroccan spice is officially my new jamarama. It’s a blend of sweet, heat and savory notes and it culminates in some serious deliciousness when mixed with honey, sugar, salt and toasted nuts. The combination is hard to describe, but essentially it hits on all the taste bud categories. I love it. I plan to have a stash of it in my cupboard at all times, and when it runs out, I will cry until I realize that I probably still have all the spices needed to make more of it. And then I will rejoice and make more Moroccan spiced nuts.
Truth be told, these mixed nuts really give my original favorite cocoa-roasted almonds a run for their money (though I do still love them so). But you just can’t beat the ease of this recipe plus the little boost of energy they give plus the balance of sweetness, savoryness and spiciness going on. They’re addicting in every way, and for all the cravings. It’s kind of impossible not to incorporate more snacktimes into your day just eat more of them.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for that extra pep in your step for Monday slash you’re really intrigued by this sweet/savory/spicy business slash you want a good excuse to eat more snacks, I highly suggest this recipe as your solution.Print
Moroccan Spiced Nuts
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- Category: Snack
- Cuisine: Moroccan
- 2 cups unsalted mixed nuts (I used almonds, cashews and peanuts)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons Moroccan spice mix*
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- *Moroccan spice mix:
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Pour mixed nuts in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast 10 minutes in oven, then transfer to a bowl.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together honey and Moroccan spice mix 1 minute until smooth and heated through. Pour over nuts in bowl; toss to combine.
- Pour coated nuts in an even layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until warm and well-toasted. Cool 2 minutes, then toss with brown sugar and salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Omg yes please! These are a snackers dreeeeeeam 🙂
I could eat a big handful of these babies. Love spiced nuts.
mmmm….crunchy topped and loving spiced. You definitely know how to snack!
These look and sound fantastic! I love nuts with a little extra kick added, so these sound perfect!
LOVE that first photo Steph! So gorgeous! I really need to get my snack game in gear. Lately I’ve definitely been falling into the nutella-with-a-spoon camp and, while delicious, my pants are not going to be happy with me soon. This would be a much better substitute!
3:30 is my official snack time too. But that doesn’t stop my 9pm snack (and 10pm snack). These look so addicting. I love spiced nuts!
Oh heck yes! The spices on these nuts just sound fabulous! Perfect for those Monday blues!
Ashley — Thank ya, my dear!
Meagan — That is how I like to eat ’em. 🙂 Thanks!
Belinda — Thanks, friend!
Phi — Thanks so much! I love the little kick in these. 🙂
Courtney — Oh thank you, friend! And I see nothing wrong with a spoonful of Nutella… though these nuts are a tasty option, too. 😉
Sally — So glad I’m not the only one with hourly snack times. 😉 Thanks!
Julie — Definitely great for those pesky blues! Thanks, friend!
Oh great snack here! Love all the flavorful spices in the mix.
Those look so good…just the kind of thing I’d love to snack on mid-morning, then put on my salad at lunch, and then eat another handful in the afternoon.
Oh these must me just so addicting!! Love the spices.. and the nuts. Cashews and almonds are my favorite!
I love spiced nuts so freaking much. LOVE this!
I could use a handful of these as a little pre-lunch snack! 🙂
these sound like the perfect snack! savory+sweet is my jam…and nuts are my go-to snack since they have so much protein.
Erika — Thanks, girl!
Cookin Canuck — We are kindred snack nut-eating spirits, then, you and I. 😉
Marie — Thanks, darlin’ 🙂
Tieghan — Addicting, indeed! I’ve got to watch myself around the cashew/almond combo. 🙂
Katrina — I share your enthusiasm for spiced nuts! 🙂
Jessica — Wish I could express mail you a handful! 😉
Cindy — Sweet + savory protein yums FTW! 🙂
These look amazing! Spiced nuts with Moroccan flavours sounds amazing! These would make a great nibble!
I LOVE roasted nuts!!! I never thought to spice them up Moroccan-style and I’m loving your thinking (as always)!! Can’t wait to try these roasty toasty crispy crunchy nuts!
This will be inhaled at all times of the day!! Ok..so what is my excuse for my snack times? I pretty much am eating ALWAYS and gots no babe to blame.
Glad I’m not the only one who hates Mondays 😛 Glad that we can spice up the week with these nuts. I could go for a handful of these as an afternoon snack!
I always look forward to my ‘official’ snack time too! These spiced nuts would make it even harder to wait!
Killer snack idea, love the Moroccan spices!
I need some Moroccan spice! I love that you’re snack times are my snack times, except I don’t have the excuse you do.. ahem..
Mmmmm, I do love me some complex nuts. (Get your mind out of the gutter!) But really. I need these nuts. (Damn, did it again!)
Jessica — Moroccan flavors are my new obsession; they’re sooo good. Thanks!
Julia — Hip hip for roasted nuts! 🙂
Zainab — No excuse necessary. You just need as much of these in your life as possible. 😉
Ashley — Ugh, Mondays. Let’s focus on yummy snack times instead. 🙂
Meg — This is why multiple snack times are a good idea. 😉 Thanks!
Laura — Thanks, friend!
Maria — I’m pretty sure I will continue this snack time regimen even when I don’t have an “excuse.” So you’ll be in good company. 🙂
Stephie — This is why I love you.
Sometimes, Monday just cal for snacking. And I approve of this choice of snack!
Something I have on my list for ages.. spiced nuts would be such a lovely snack!
When I eat a whole batch of these in a day, I’ll know who to blame. 😛 But with all these fabolous spices, could you really blame me?!
Love the moroccan spice blend with these! I should definitely make a batch and take it to work–although I’m worried I would mindlessly snack on them for hours!
Megan — Agreed!
Medeja — You should definitely give them a try!
Joanne — I’ll happily take the blame for that.
Laura — I see nothing wrong with this. 😉
I love adding fun flavors to mixed nuts. These are fabulous!
Oh my goodness, please just send me a box of these.
The PERFECT snack food! Healthy and flavorful!
haha your snack schedule sounds like mine : ) I have the mid-morning 11ish snack …. the 1:30 pm after lunch I want something a little sweet snack … and lastly the 3 /4 ish is it dinnertime yet?? snack. And these sound awesome … I love spiced nuts of any kind!
Cassie — Thanks, dear!
Ashley — I will send myself and these nuts to you in the mail.
Nicole — Thanks, girl!
Ashley — The “is it dinnertime yet??” snack is the worst! But only because I’d rather just be eating dinner but it’s like 4 p.m. so no. 🙂 Glad to meet a kindred snacktime spirit! 😉
I would love to be snacking on these right now. Spiced nuts are such a great snack and so versatile – I am loving your version. Looks beyond perfect and so, so satisfying!
I have the same snack regiment. It totally makes sense. I blame the pregnancy because that is when these snack habits were formed. But this snack is at least justifiably healthy. I am all about cookies. I need to stop and switch to this!
Kathi — Thanks so much!
Stefanie — And I need to split up my snack time with these nuts and those bomb crackers you just posted.
Um, yeah. Your eating schedule sounds just like mine, so now I don’t feel so bad. But perhaps I snack even more than you do. Yeah, I’d be willing to bet it! 😉 These spicy, salty-sweet nuts sound TOO good right now! Time for a snack…
This flavor combo sounds divine, can’t wait to try them out! #pinned
Georgia — Haha, I’m so glad we’re on this preggo snack attack journey together. 😉
Alexe — Thanks so much for the pin!
I love spiced nuts and the fact these are “Moroccan” spiced nuts makes them even better!
This is a very very very dangerous recipe. I have no resistance to nuts—-especially spiced nuts. I need a silver cross as protection.
Oh, this looks so good. It would be dangerous to have these around without a crowd to share them with me. I love nuts and these spices sound like an addicting combination.
Mmmm this looks like the nut stand I see at the farmer’s market where the nuts are like $8 for a small pint. And instead I can make them myself!
Julia — You’d love the spices! Thanks, dear 🙂
Carol — LOL 🙂
Monica — I would definitely recommend a crowd, as I know firsthand what it’s like to be alone with these. 🙂
Shikha — Yes! Love when you can DIY yummy foods! 🙂
Spicy! I love it. Nuts are a good snack by themselves, but you just supercharged them with these super healthy spices.
Delicious nuts! Perfect snack for me:)
These look so addicting!
This is a fabulous blend of spices! Everyone needs a snack time, especially if you’re pregnant!
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I don’t understand, mine were totally black and burned after only 15-20 min in the oven? Maybe 30 minutes was a bit too long? Such a pity, they tasted heavenly before i tossed them in the oven (i used DUKKAH as a spice)…
Barbara — I’m sorry to hear that! I’m not sure what went wrong, other than maybe the substitution of spices… did you toss them every 10 minutes and bake them at 325 degrees F? Sorry again!
these are absolutely delicious!
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This is one of those recipes that should come with a warning label ~ “Warning: Makes A Ginormous Sticky Mess, But Totally Worth It.” Also, ~ Warning: These Will Be Your New Favorite Spiced Nuts, So Get Used To Making a Mess.” Not only are we crazy for these, as a side benefit, the whole house smells amazing. Thank you
Ha! I love it. 🙂 And I’m glad you love the recipe!
Could this recipe be amended to be sugar free? Maybe replace honey with sugar free maple syrup and sugar with monk-fruit sweetener???
Karen, I haven’t tried this recipe with alternative sweeteners but it’s definitely worth trying!