Fall Nut Mix Recipes: Homemade Gifts to Eat!

Fall Nut Mix Recipes: Homemade Gifts to Eat!

It used to be cookies, pie pops, jams, and preserves that were the go-to goodies for giving as autumn favors and gifts. But with today’s focus on healthy eating, look what’s the scrumptious option: nuts! Protein-packed and irresistibly munchy, here are 10 amazingly creative recipes for spiced nut mixes. You can serve your faves at a nut station at a fall tailgate party, present them in jars for gift-giving, or pack them in cello bags as Thanksgiving or Halloween favors. Ready, get set, go nuts!

10 Flavorful Spiced Nuts Recipes to enjoy this Autumn

These mouthwatering recipes will have you dreaming up reasons to serve these spiced nut mixes for fall; give them to guests, friends, and neighbors; or enjoy a jarful to yourself on a chilly autumn day!

10 Flavorful Spiced Nuts Recipes

1 - Curried Spiced Mixed Nuts – These are doctor-prescribed, so they’re sure to be good and good for you! The recipe from Dr. Weil includes a combo of raw walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios, tossed in olive oil, maple syrup, curry powder, salt, and cayenne pepper, then oven-baked.

2 - Italian Rosemary Garlic Spiced Nuts – Try this recipe with a Mediterranean flair from  Sumptuous Spoonfuls! It features almonds, pecans, cashews, and pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) seasoned with fresh rosemary, Italian seasoning, garlic, olive oil, and coarse sea salt.

3 – Sweet Spicy Glazed Nuts with Cranberries and Rosemary – From Bed Bath and Beyond, here are whole shelled, unsalted nuts (your choice of almonds, walnuts, pecans, or your favorites) toasted in a skillet, then coated in a butter-sugar-salt-spices mixture, and finally tossed with dried cranberries and fresh rosemary.

4 – Indian Spiced Mixed NutsWilliams-Sonoma brings us this flavorful mix of lightly salted mixed nuts tossed in a mixture of unsalted butter, chopped fresh ginger, garam marsala (recipe provided), cumin, and cayenne pepper, then roasted in the oven.

5 – Chipotle Spiced Nut Mix – Here, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and assorted peanuts are coated in a blend of melted butter, chipotle flavor concentrate, sugar, and salt; then popped in the oven to bake. Thanks to Nestlé Professional for the recipe!

6 – Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seed Nut Mix – Just the thing for Halloween party favors because of the pumpkin seeds, this duo-flavored treat from Pillsbury also includes pecan halves, slivered almonds, and unsalted peanuts – all tossed in a mix of sugar, salt, ground chipotle chile pepper, chili powder, and ground cumin.

7 – Spicy Maple Nut Mix – Another sweet-spicy snack from Pure Maple from Canada. Maple syrup gives this walnut-almond-pecan-pistachio combo its sweetness, followed by a spicy aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, plus a final sprinkle of sea salt.

8 - Chili Lime Pecan Snack Mix - In this recipe from American Pecan, wheat cereal squares and pecans are seasoned with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and lime juice; then tossed with pretzels for a great salty snack with a kick!

9 - Thai Sriracha Lime Spiced Nuts - A whole lot of Asian flavors going on in this blend of cashews, almonds, and pecans from Season With Spice. The nuts are coated with honey and coconut sugar, then spiced with smoked serrano chili powder and citrusy kaffir lime leaf powder. After roasting until golden, a sprinkling of sriracha-lime sea salt adds a tongue-tingling savory flavor.

10 – Spicy Asian Snack Mix – Want something exotic and exciting? Try this snack mix recipe from Fisher Nuts featuring wheat cereal squares and toasted cashews coated in a mixture of butter, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, sugar, cayenne pepper and salt; with wasabi peas added just before serving.

What drinks to serve with nuts at a fall party or as part of a nut station:

Beer is by far the hands-down favorite grownup drink with nuts – especially for casual gatherings of the gang like at tailgating parties, or for family game or movie nights.

In keeping with the autumn season, you could also serve apple cider, mulled wine, berry or fruity cocktails, and for the kids cranberry punch or ginger ale.

If you’ll be having a nut station at a Thanksgiving dinner and would like something fancier, what about wine? Eating Well recommends these perfect wine-nut pairings:

  • Pecans and cabernet sauvignon
  • Raw almonds and chardonnay
  • Roasted almonds and pinot noir
  • Macadamias and sparkling wine
  • Hazelnuts and rosé

And for packaging ideas to give nuts as favors and gifts, see these posts:

How to Present Nuts as Wedding Favors from Packaging to Recipe Ideas

Fall Favors in Autumn Flavors from Sweet to Spicy Ideas

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