If you’re looking for an all-occasion snack that’s not potato chips, popcorn or crackers, nut snack recipes offer a fun alternative. There are tons of things you can do with various types of nuts.
You can go for sweet, salty or savory flavors, or all of the above. And because they’re so easy to store, they’ll travel anywhere that chips or crackers will.
Take them on the road, to the office, or just keep them at home.
Nuts are rich in fat and protein, which makes them more satisfying and filling than a lot of starch-based treats. And if you’re trying to stick to a low-carb or gluten-free diet, many of these snacks can be a wonderfully tasty replacement for the snacks you’re missing.
The other thing I love about these nut snack recipes is that they’re so simple. There’s no complex prep or cooking.
And if you want to put more of one ingredient than a recipe calls for, it almost always works. Or if you want to leave out an ingredient – say, salt, if you’ve been advised by a doctor – your recipe will still come out right.
You’ll need a crockpot for some of these recipes.
Nut Snack Recipes
- Vanilla Cashew Clusters: Light brown sugar, vanilla extract and just a hint of cinnamon make these nuts hard to put down.
- Soy Sauce Roasted Cashews Recipe: I do this with all sorts of nuts, including mixed nuts. It’s so simple and easy, and it makes for a wonderful salty treat. For your soy sauce, I strongly recommend Eden Organic, which has a really bold flavor.
- Orange Creamsicle Candied Pecans: Along with delicious orange and vanilla ingredients, this recipe features shots of Grand Marnier and Kahlua.
- Spicy Parmesan Ranch Almonds: This savory nut recipe coats almonds in a combination of Ranch dressing mix, parmesan cheese, and red chili flakes. It has a wonderful savory, spicy flavor.
- Basil Pesto Party Almonds: This recipe coats almonds with a pesto paste made with fresh basil leaves. And that makes it a must-try recipe for pesto lovers.
- Autumn Spiced Nuts: Mixed nuts along with pumpkin seeds are roasted with the Indian spice garam masala, cardamom, allspice, rosemary and more.
- Candied Black Pepper Pecans: Brown sugar and black pepper are the main ingredients in this spicy-sweet nut snack recipe. If you find plain candied nuts a little overwhelming, this is a great way to cut the sweetness.
- Garlic Pumpkin Seeds Recipe: We could point out that pumpkin seeds aren’t exactly nuts. But few things sound better than pumpkin seeds roasted in garlic. Also, you can apply this recipe to any nut or nut mix.
- Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts: This recipe calls for fresh rosemary and other spices, along with maple syrup and dark brown sugar for sweetness.
- Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts: In this southern treat, you boil peanuts in Creole seasoning until they’re soft. And also wonderfully seasoned and spicy.
- Maple Vanilla Mixed Nuts: This candied nut recipe could be dessert. But there’s no added sugar in the recipe. The maple syrup adds all the sweetness while the vanilla adds a wonderful touch.
- Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts: Can’t decide what flavor you’re in the mood for? This nut snack recipe has a little of everything, with a spicy, salty coating and a sugary glaze.
- Dark Chocolate Nut Balls: In this recipe, you chop all the nuts into small chunks and roll them up in melted dark chocolate. While this recipe is sweet, it has less sugar than you might think.
- Spiced Nut Snack: Uses coriander seed, garlic, red pepper flakes and more seasonings to make for a really spicy, savory treat. This recipe calls for a mixed nut variety, so you could use any type of nuts or combination thereof that you want.
- Dr. Pepper Glazed Pecans: Butter and Dr. Pepper form a sweet glaze over pecans that tastes like you’d expect. Don’t try to use Diet Dr. Pepper – the sugar is necessary to form the glaze.
- Garlic Herb Roasted Nuts: works with any assortment of nuts you like. With garlic, sage, rosemary, paprika and more, this nut snack recipe has a wonderful savory flavor.
- Crock Pot 5-Spice Pecans: pecans are practically dessert in themselves, because they have that touch of sweetness that’s so wonderful. This combines them with soy sauce, garlic, ground ginger, and pepper, which gives them an Asian flair.
- Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cashews: chili powder gives it the spice while a coconut sugar glaze makes it sweet. And the salt is totally adjustable in this recipe.
- Fried Almonds: a Mediterranean bar snack. These almonds are fried in olive oil until golden, and then seasoned to taste with salt, hot paprika, and more.
- Cinnamon Glazed Almonds: these are so simple and delicious, with a gooey cinnamon glaze that might remind you of cinnamon buns. And also sweet enough to pass for dessert!
- Spicy Sweet Pumpkin Seeds: roasted pumpkin seeds are possibly the very best part of Halloween, because they’re even more addictive than the candy. Add some cinnamon, ginger and cayenne, and you’ve got a spicy, sweet, roasted flavor that’s out of this world.
- Candied Pecans: brown sugar and cinnamon make the sweetness of pecans even sweeter, turning them into something that could really substitute for dessert. These are great in salads and with various dishes, too. You can serve them as a side with a beef entree, too.
- Curried Hazelnuts: curry powder, butter and a little salt are all you need to take hazelnuts to the next spicy level. This is a very simple recipe, and that’s the beauty of it.
- Bourbon Nuts: this is not a snack to have with bourbon. These nuts are mixed with bourbon, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and additional seasonings to create a savory mix. (You can substitute soy sauce for the Worcestershire, by the way – makes it a little more salty and less tangy.)
- Dilly Almonds: with butter, dill weed and a touch of seasoning salt, these almonds become very savory and just a little bit tangy.
Any of these recipes can and should be varied, according to your taste. The type of nut used isn’t the only one that’ll taste good, and the ingredients need not be exact. Be creative and have fun!