These savory Moroccan spiced nuts are a healthy and satisfying snack with no added sugar or oil. A tasty treat to serve or gift.
I was going to visit some of my college friends in NYC and I wanted to bring something to share.
I knew it couldn't be anything liquid because I wasn't planning on checking any bags for a simple weekend trip. Also, I knew we'd probably sit around having a few drinks the first evening while everyone was getting in.
The idea of mixed nuts came to mind, but I didn't want to use sugar or extra oil as I've been trying to be a little healthier in my cooking lately.
This recipe for Moroccan Spiced Nuts is really simple and was a good option for the plane ride. However, they did stop me at security. 🙂
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How to Make Moroccan Spiced Nuts
Choose your nuts. I chose a mix of walnuts, pecans, pepitas, and almonds. Technically pepitas are seeds so I guess you can choose a mix of both. Of course, you can make this with just one type of nut or seed too.
Start by spreading the nuts and seeds on a large jelly roll pan or cookie sheet to roast in the oven. You could also pan roast them however since I had a large amount, the oven seemed easier.
Next, make a spice mix for the nuts. I used the same mix as the one in my Moroccan Beef Stew with a little extra salt.
Here you can go to town with any mix of spices you like. Make it even easier and buy an already prepared spice mix from the store.
Spice Mix Ideas
- Italian - oregano, basil, rosemary, garlic, onion
- Ranch - parsley, dill, thyme, garlic, onion
- Mexican - chili, coriander, cumin, paprika, oregano
The mix I made was about 1/2 cup to give you an idea of how much you may need.
Stir the spices with the nuts and seeds while they are still hot.
Then let them dry before bagging them up or placing them in an airtight container.
They are a little spicy and salty which was a perfect accompaniment to cocktails.
I'm saving some for the family at our next get together. I'm pretty sure they will like them too.
P.S. You may also enjoy this Moroccan Beef Stew recipe or this Roasted Cauliflower recipe with Moroccan spices. You can find them and many more ideas on my Recipes Page.
Moroccan Spiced Nuts
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1 cup pepitas
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon clove
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Arrange nuts in one layer on a large cookie sheet
- Roast in a 350-degree oven for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Combine all spices in a large bowl.
- Toss roasted nuts with the spice mix.
- Spread spice covered nuts on a piece of parchment to dry out.
- Bag up for gifts or keep in an airtight container.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
I cook for "one" so what a great way to use up all those spices in my pantry! Thanks Patti!
Thanks Melissa. That's an added bonus for sure.
You are speaking my language - We're currently on an all protein diet, which means no sugar and no carbs. Let me say, It was hard at first and now I can say, "I've never felt better" and the extra around my middle is decreasing after 15 days. Anyways we're doing this until November 23 when we head back home. Then we'll slowly reintroduced greens to our diet. So, to my point here.... This recipe is perfect because I'm running out of ideas and nuts are my go to snack in the afternoon. Perfect timing friend!
Yay! I'm so glad you like it and as I mentioned you can really get creative with your favorite nuts and spices to make your own blend.