You know what makes a little get-together even more special? Sweet and spicy roasted nuts. It’s a quick and simple recipe that is a really nice touch when you’re welcoming people into your home. Plus, making them ahead of time makes your house smell welcoming, and your neighbors might start wandering over to see what’s going on in your kitchen!

Since I’m the only one in my family that has been to culinary school, I’m typically the one that’s always in the kitchen working on whatever is for dinner. But, these sweet and spicy nuts are so easy that I can delegate them to my husband to put together. The best part is, he feels like he has been super helpful in the kitchen! You can use your favorite assortment of nuts, but I prefer a combination of cashews, walnuts, almonds and pepitas. I use egg whites and water to create a natural binding effect on the nuts with the spice mixture consisting of Spice Islands salt, cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon. The sweet and spicy flavors make for an interesting but welcome surprise as a pre- or post-dinner snack!
Recipe courtesy of Spice Islands

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 cups
A great addition for any get together.



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside. Combine the cashews, walnuts, almonds and pepitas in a large bowl and toss to combine. Whisk together the egg white, water, sugar, salt, cayenne and chipotle pepper and cinnamon. Drizzle mixture over the nuts and toss to combine, making sure they are evenly coated. Transfer nuts to prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; separate the nuts as they cool. Once they are completely cooled, transfer to an airtight container.