A recipe with not one, not two, but six different roasted nuts? When I’m looking for a quick and easy snack that doesn’t break the calorie bank, I always turn to this herb-roasted nuts recipe. It’s so simple to make – all you need is a handful of ingredients and fewer than 20 minutes of baking time. The result is a fragrant, toasty, satisfying snack that will fill you up without weighing you down. Bring a bag to the office, to the gym, or keep in front of those sugary cereal boxes to avoid suspect mid-afternoon binges.
Don’t nuts have a lot of fat, you may ask? It’s true; nuts do contain quite a bit of fat, but they’re healthy, monounsaturated fats. That makes them fantastic for heart health. And since they also contain protein and fiber, a small serving size of these herb-roasted nuts will keep you from overeating during and in-between meal times. Want more ways to incorporate nuts into your diet? From nutty stir-fries to adding them to your smoothies and packing them on top of baked fish for that crunchy, golden topping, here are 8 Healthy Ways to Add Nuts to your Diet.
What Kind of Nuts Should I Use for Herb-Roasted Nuts?
In our herb-roasted nuts recipe, we use a half cup of just about every nut we could find at the store. We love this combination of pecans, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, and almonds. It not only gives this recipe an incredible variety of flavors and textures, but it also adds nutrition everywhere you look. Each nut brings a unique combination of vitamins and minerals, along with healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein.
A fantastic way to make this recipe without going overboard is to utilize the bulk bins at the grocery store. When you shop the bins, you can buy as few or as many nuts as you like. That means you can get exactly a half cup of each and not end up with leftovers. If you don’t want to shop for nuts, or you don’t want to spend a small fortune on having extras, feel free to make some ingredient swaps. The recipe calls for three cups total of nuts, so make your combinations any you like! That could be one cup each of cashews, walnuts, and almonds, or half hazelnuts and half pecans. You choose!
Got a sweet tooth? If salty is not really your thing, nuts are equally delicious when they’re roasted with sweet ingredients. We LOVE these Chai-Spiced Candied Nuts, especially during the festive season. Alternatively, these Sweet and Spicy Nuts with maple syrup and cayenne.
Yield: 12 servings | Serving Size: about 1/4 cup | Calories: 181 | Total Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Fiber: 3 g | Total Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 5 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 70 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup walnut halves
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup brazil nuts
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Toss all ingredients together on a rimmed baking sheet and spread into an even, single layer.
- Roast for 10 minutes, stir and spread into single layer again.
- Roast another 5 minutes, and check to make sure nuts aren't burning.
- Roast another 3-5 minutes, checking every few minutes to prevent burning.
- Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.