This delicious, savory snack swaps the cinnamon and sugar for garlic and rosemary. These savory spiced nuts roast in your slow cooker and are a great homemade gift for your favorite snack lover.
Spicy nuts make a great snack or last minute gift idea. Made with simple ingredients, this easy recipe for slow cooker spiced nuts is perfect for setting out at holiday parties and makes a great gift during the holiday season. Package the spiced nuts in mason jars, or cellophane bags to always have hostess gifts on hand.
This spiced nuts recipe doesn’t require any egg whites, making it naturally vegan. We’re also skipping many of the warm holiday spices here, trading a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar or pumpkin pie spice for savory garlic and rosemary.
- Olive oil
- Mixed nuts
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
- Rosemary - dried or fresh
How to Make Slow Cooker Savory Spiced Nuts
Place the nuts into a large slow cooker or crock pot. Add olive oil and stir until the nuts are coated.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and rosemary.
Add the spice mixture to your slow cooker and give it a good stir until all of the nuts are well-coated.
Put the lid on your slow cooker and set it to low heat.
Cook nuts for 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 mins.
Spread the warm, savory spiced nuts out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Allow nuts to cool to room temperature before enjoying or storing in your pantry in an airtight container.
- Don’t skip the stirring. If you mix everything together and walk away from your slow cooker for 2 hours, the nuts will burn. You MUST stir them every 20-30 minutes throughout the 2 hour cooking time to keep this from happening.
- You don’t need extra salt in this recipe. Unless you’re using unsalted nuts, the salt already on the nuts is plenty for this recipe. No need to add sea salt.
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FAQs and Substitutions
Any combination of nuts will work here - less expensive mixed nuts with lots of peanuts in it is just as delicious as the more expensive mixes. You can also do all of the same nut, like cashews or peanuts.
If you prefer spicy nuts, add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the spice mixture before you cook the nuts.
When stored in an airtight container, these spiced nuts will keep for up to a month in your pantry. They're the perfect make-ahead snack for your homemade happy hours or anytime you're entertaining!