Spicy and Sweet Holiday Nut Mix

If you are looking for a simple but easy snack recipe for Holiday entertaining look no further!  I love a good nut mix, and they are so easy to make.  Sure you can buy them at the store, but I sometimes find those mixes too salty, sugary or oily.  So, I make my own. It requires little time, and you can flavor them to your liking.  The one I am sharing with you today has only 4 ingredients.  This is one of my favorites, I use cholula hot sauce, mix it with some maple syrup, and add a little sea salt.  That is all!  It may sound like an odd combination, but it is so good!  Sweet, salty, and a little spicy.  Put out a bowl of this and they will be gone before you know it!

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment.
  3. Toss the nuts with the Cholula, maple syrup and sea salt and spread out on the pan.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the nuts are dry and toasted.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool to warm before serving.

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Recipe Type

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Heart Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Appetizer
  • Snack

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy