Everybody, meet the perfect last-minute holiday snack, Sweet ‘n’ Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels.

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Not sure about you guys, but I am such a sucker when it comes to anything salty like nuts and pretzels. Once I start, I just cannot stop, and this snack mix is the worst of them all.

It. Is. ADDICTING.

But it’s cool, because it’s Thanksgiving week and I have decided that anything goes…

Speaking of Thanksgiving week?! Oh my gosh, Thanksgiving is basically just one day away, I am so excited. Currently, my family and I our on our way to Cleveland to spend the holiday with extended family. We don’t normally head back to Ohio for holidays, but with my grandma’s passing in August, this was something my mom and her siblings really wanted to make happen this year. So the Gerard Fam is headed back to CLE for a few days. I’ll be mixing work with family time (as usual), but totally taking Thanksgiving off to cook a (hopefully) delicious meal and hang with family.

We’re staying at my grandparents. Mom and I will be hosting around thirty + people for Thanksgiving dinner, so not exactly a simple meal, but I’m excited to just be cooking for people I love. Curious what you guys do for Thanksgiving? For our family, Christmas is always the more celebrated holiday with the most traditions, but I’m sure this year’s Thanksgiving will be one for the books. It’s a pretty big group, with many, many personalities, so it should be interesting to say the least.

Let’s just put it this way, I expect to have plenty of fun stories to share come Monday.

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

With so many people coming to dinner on Thursday, I know that having snacks all throughout my grandparent’s house is going to be a must. At Christmas, I always make my mom’s Chex Mix, but for Thanksgiving I like to do something just a little different.

Chex Mix can only be eaten at Christmas…I have rules. Don’t judge.

Here’s the thing, I still wanted that extra salty component that Chex Mix offers, but I thought it would be good to throw in a little heat, a little savory, and even a little sweetness. It might seem like kind of a lot, but trust me, it works.

I used a whole bunch of raw mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts…the cashews are my personal favorite) along with the classic pretzel twists. I roasted the nuts until toasted, then added a little soy sauce for saltiness, some spices, plus a little maple syrup for a touch of sweet to balance the spice. Lastly I added some extra rosemary for decoration.

Seriously, I’m really not sure snacks can get any better. These are beyond delicious, and as I mentioned, they’re pretty addicting. Stopping yourself from eating these takes some serious self-control. I know, that sounds a bit dramatic, but at least that was the case for me.

Just make a batch and you’ll quickly understand what I’m talking about. These are spicy, hinted with flavors of rosemary, touched with just a little sweetness, and extra salty…which is how all snack mix needs to be.

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

My plan is to make a big batch tomorrow, I’m talking a triple batch (again thirty people + very hungry brothers). Then I’ll set the bowls of nuts/pretzels out around the house for snacking. My grandma always had candies and bowls of nuts scattered throughout her house during the holidays, so this feels pretty on point and in good memory of how she used entertain.

Another tradition of my grandmas I’ll be carrying on this Thanksgiving? Setting the table on Wednesday night. I do this every single time I entertain. It’s one of the greatest tips my grandma ever taught me. Well, this and how to make her Dutch Baby (cookbook recipe), which yes, I will be making Thanksgiving morning along with this pumpkin spice french toast.

Cannot wait.

Hoping you are all getting as excited for Thanksgiving as I am!

PS. Do you have your menus set? Are you making some HBH recipes? I cannot wait to hear about how everything turns out. My fingers are crossed that everything turns out delicious!

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories Per Serving: 701 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
    2. On a parchment lined baking sheet, combine the nuts and spread in a single layer. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden and toast. Remove from the oven and add the pretzels, butter, soy sauce, maple, rosemary, cayenne, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Toss well to evenly combine. Return to the oven and roast for another 10-15 minutes or until the nuts are glazed. 
    3. Serve warm with additional rosemary or cool completely and store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. 

Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup

Sweet 'n' Savory Roasted Nuts and Pretzels | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sharing a bowl? Yeah, probably not the best option!

PS. for all those looking for a healthy pumpkin pie recipe, I am sharing my all time favorite over on The Chriselle Factor today. Trust me, you need to give this healthy pie a try!

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  1. 1 star
    Like Miss B on 1/6/2018 post…mine burned as well. My oven was set at 350 and was measuring 350. It has quite the charr taste to it; also all I pick up on it the kick of the cayenne. Sad to have wasted all those nuts

    1. Hi Karen! I am really sorry to hear that. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Another awesome easy recipe! Made this as a little snack for Xmas and they were so easy but looked expensive if that makes sense. Spicy with a touch of sweetness…so addicting!!! My only comment would be to check the nuts at 10 mins bc I set my timer for 15 and they looked a little too dark – taste was still good but another minute or two and they would have been burnt.

  3. 5 stars
    BEST SNACK EVER!!! Omg! I’ve made this 3 times and every time it gets fantastic reviews!!! I cut the cayenne back to 1 tsp and it’s plenty for us. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. 2 stars
    It burned! I only roasted it for 9 minutes after I tossed the peanuts and pretzels with the butter, syrup, soy sauce and herbs & spices and something in that mix burned. Now the nuts and pretzels are coated with whatever burnt and have a charred taste. And I didn’t really taste the sweet, just the cayenne and rosemary.

    1. Sorry for the trouble. What temp did you cook this at? Do you know if your oven runs hot? Sorry this didn’t work out for you. Please let me know if you have other questions. Thanks! 🙂

      1. I cooked it at 350 degrees and even had an oven thermometer in my oven. I’m guessing it was the rosemary (I did finely chop it) or the soy sauce that burned. I want to try making this again, but for my personal taste I will increase the maple syrup for a sweeter taste and only bake for 5 minutes after adding the pretzels, liquids and herbs & spices and see if that helps with it not burning.

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