I called the recipe Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts, but it works for just plain ol’ peanuts (or any other type of singular nut, too). My family’s favorite combination is the one pictured: cashews, almonds, pecans, and pistachios. I make them every few weeks, originally to give my husband something to snack on during the work day, but my “I don’t like nuts” oldest kid normally kills these, too.
I wasn’t going to publish a recipe, but y’all asked and that’s what I’m here for! Also, I’ve been meaning to flesh out the categories here on deepfriedhoney.com; someone remind me to create a ‘Snacks’ category when I do that, because I’ve posted so many of them at this point.
Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts Ingredients
Feel free to jump to the full recipe, but here are useful notes about the ingredients you will need to make this Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts recipe:
- Roasted unsalted nuts: You could also use raw nuts (I would increase the roasting time by 10 minutes but that’s optional). Just make sure they’re unsalted. We want to be able to control the flavor of our Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts entirely.
- Honey, salted butter: Whatever your favorite kind of honey is, it all works! If you’d like to keep these vegan, make sure you use organic sugars (regular sugar is sifted through bone during processing), and replace the salted butter for a plant-based butter or coconut oil.
- Dark brown sugar, turbinado sugar, granulated sugar: You’ll use dark brown for glazing our Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts, and the other sugars for the optional sugar coating. Turbinado, or raw cane sugar, gives them a nice crunch.
- Vanilla extract: Just plain ol’ honey and the nuts will taste flat. If you don’t want to add vanilla, I recommend a half teaspoon of cinnamon. Something to give it some complexity!
- Kosher salt, fine sea salt: Kosher salt for our glaze, fine sea salt for the sugar coating. You can play around with the amounts to make sure they suit your taste buds. If you’re sensitive to sodium, use unsalted butter instead.
How to Make Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here is a basic overview of what you’ll need to do, along with some important tidbits to help you make the most of this Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts recipe:
- First Steps. Preheat oven to 325°F and line a half-sheet sized sheet pan with parchment paper. On the stove top – or in the microwave – melt together the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and kosher salt. Whisk until a smooth, syrup sauce forms. Pour your nuts into a large mixing bowl, then pour the hot syrup all over them. Use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to stir well, ensuring all the nuts get coated evenly. Pour the nuts out onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread them into a single, even layer as best you can.
- Roast the Nuts. Roast the nuts in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and use a large spatula to toss them, pushing the ones around the edge to the center of the pan and spreading them out. This will help them all roast evenly. Return the pan to the oven and continue roasting for another 10–15 minutes, until they have noticeably darkened in color, and are very fragrant. Make the sugar coating in the meantime, if using, by stirring them the sugars and salt together in a small container.
- Cool and Dust. Now, give the nuts another stir and spread them back out. If your pan isn’t large enough to spread them out into a single layer with a bit of space between them, prepare a second sheet pan with parchment paper, and transfer a portion of the nuts to that. Spread the nuts out evenly, and separate them as best you can so the glaze sets and doesn’t glue them together. Sprinkle a few pinches of the sugar coating over the top of all the nuts. Let cool undisturbed for 5 minutes, then stir them one more time. Spread them out again, sprinkle more sugar coating, and leave them alone until cooled – about 30 minutes. As soon as the nuts have cooled and hardened, transfer them to an airtight container, breaking apart any large clusters that have stuck together as you go. Once they are in the container, sprinkle a few more pinches of sugar coating in, affix the lid, and give them a shake. Dassit!