Turmeric spiced nuts in two bowls and two small mason jars with a sprig of Rosemary on the side.

Turmeric Spiced Nuts – 6 Ingredients

Turmeric spiced nuts are chock full of nutrition and flavor and low in sugar. Perfect for snacking and serving at gatherings, nuts are also a great inexpensive last-minute holiday gift or party favor. You can customize the taste by adjusting the spice level or adding other spices to the mix.

WHY THIS WORK

  • Nuts are a tasty healthy snack loaded with protein, fiber, and micronutrients
  • Roasting nuts at home gives you greater control of added ingredients
  • Easy snack recipe requiring only 6 ingredients
  • Adjust the flavors or mix it up with other spices
  • Make a batch for little treat bags or jars
  • Nuts can be added to other foods such as a salad or bowl of popcorn

INGREDIENTS & NUTRITION IN TURMERIC SPICED NUTS

Ingredients for turmeric spiced nuts: mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts), maple syrup, olive oil, cayenne pepper, turmeric, sea salt, and optional fresh rosemary.

Mixed raw nuts

This recipe calls for the following raw nuts. However, you could use other nuts in the mix and adjust the ratio of nuts used. Read the product label carefully and select raw nuts since the roasted kinds have already been cooked.

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts

Satisfying, tasty, and crunchy, nuts are a popular snack enjoyed by many. Apart from their flavor profile, nuts are teeming with fiber, protein, healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, micronutrients, and antioxidants.

In addition, nuts are delicious on their own or you can snack on them along with fruit or add them to a salad or cereal, among other foods.

Health authorities increasingly recommend eating more plant-based foods such as nuts, due to the array of health-promoting nutrients they offer.

While nuts are calorie-dense, studies show they do not stimulate weight gain and can reduce the risk of chronic diseases by providing the following health benefits [1, 2].

  • Promote satiety and thereby potentially help with portion control
  • Support heart health by reducing total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Improve post-meal blood sugar
  • Lower oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Boost cognitive performance specifically with walnuts consumption

Turmeric

Long used as an herbal medicine and spice in India and other parts of the world, turmeric powder comes from the turmeric plant, a member of the ginger family.

Turmeric powder gets its rich yellow-orange color from its compound curcumin. It’s what gives curry and other foods made with turmeric that distinctive golden hue.

You may hear about turmeric and curcumin in the news. That’s because of the growing interest in their potential health benefits.

Studies suggest that turmeric and curcumin, particularly in extract and supplement form, may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cardioprotective properties [3].

Bitter, earthy, and spicy are the common descriptions for turmeric. It also combines well with other spices to balance the flavor in recipes.

Cayenne pepper

Used in recipes to add moderate spice, cayenne pepper, like other chili peppers, gets its desirable heat from capsaicin.

In addition to elevating flavor to nuts, cayenne pepper compliments a variety of dishes such as chili, eggs, soups, stir fry, and even a little bit sprinkled on hot chocolate.

Similar to other spices, cayenne pepper combines well with other ingredients to make marinades and dressings.

While eating salt in small to moderate quantities is not bad for you, too much may increase the risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke [4].

Using spices such as cayenne pepper and turmeric could help you cut back on salt as your primary seasoning.

Olive oil

Naturally extracted from olives, olive oil contains a rich amount of healthy monounsaturated fat and a low amount of saturated fat.

Monounsaturated fat can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. On the other hand, a diet high in saturated fat is associated with elevated LDL cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. [5]

Olive oil, specifically extra virgin olive oil, is abundant in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. These active compounds may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer [6].

STEPS TO MAKE TURMERIC SPICED NUTS

Firstly, make sure your oven rack to roast the nuts is positioned in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chopped fresh rosemary on cutting board next to a knife.

While the oven is preheating, finely chop the fresh rosemary if you’re planning on using it.

For a quick tutorial on chopping rosemary, follow these next steps.

  1. Hold the sprig at the top with one hand.
  2. Using the other hand, firmly run your fingers down the stem (the opposite direction) to remove the leaves.
  3. Discard the rosemary stem and finely chop the leaves.
Ingredients for turmeric spiced nuts in mixing bowl prior to roasting.

Next, set aside a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 tablespoon of chopped rosemary.

Then add all the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine well, making sure all the nuts are coated.

Mixed turmeric nuts on a baking sheet prior to baking.

Afterward, pour the nuts mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper before adding the nuts, if you have that on hand.

Roast for 9-11minutes, turning the pan and stirring halfway through. Keep a close eye on the last two minutes as the nuts can quickly go from golden to dark.

A bowl of turmeric spiced nuts garnished with a rosemary sprig.

When the nuts are finished roasting, immediately remove them from the oven and carefully transfer them to a big plate or sheet of parchment paper to cool off.

Lastly, serve turmeric spiced nuts slightly warm or at room temperature.

After they’ve cooled down, you can also gift them in small jars or treat bags. I like using little jars for gifting because the recipients can reuse them.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week.

FAQ

What other nuts can I use in this recipe?

– Brazil nuts
– Hazelnuts
– Macadamia nuts

Can I add seeds to this recipe?

Yes. Try roasting nuts with raw seeds like pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and/or sunflower seeds.

Are maple syrup and salt necessary?

I like the combination of sweet, savory, and spicy. But feel free to reduce or omit the maple syrup and/or salt.

The wonderful thing about roasting nuts (and cooking in general) at home is you can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste and needs.

What other spices go with roasted nuts?

If you don’t have turmeric and cayenne pepper on hand, try a combination of these other spices. Start with a half teaspoon of a couple of spices.

Do a taste test before roasting and adjust the spice level to your liking. If you just want a hint of spice, start with a lower amount.

– Allspice
– Black pepper
– Cumin
– Chili powder
– Cinnamon
– Curry powder
– Ginger
– Combination spices such as pumpkin pie spice and five spice powder

Food to eat with nut mix?

While they’re great on their own, a roasted nut mix may be added to the following foods for variety.

– Add to coleslaw or a meatless salad to provide protein
– Hot or cold cereal
– Plain yogurt for a savory taste or vanilla-flavored yogurt for a sweet and savory taste
– Chopped up as a topping for soups
– Charcuterie board
– Mixed with grains such as rice, quinoa, and bulghur
– Chopped up as a topping for pasta and noodle dishes
– Mixed with popcorn

Two bowls and two small jars of turmeric spiced nuts alongside a rosemary sprig.
Two bowls of turmeric nuts next to two small mason jars filled with turmeric nuts and a sprig of rosemary.

Turmeric Spiced Nuts

Turmeric spiced nuts are chock full of nutrition and flavor and low in sugar. Perfect for snacking and serving at gatherings, nuts are also a great inexpensive last-minute holiday gift or party favor. You can customize the taste by adjusting the spice level or adding other spices to the mix.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 6 cups (or 12 half-cup servings)
Calories 367 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon for mixing
  • 1 rimmed baking sheet
  • 1 sheet of parchment paper optional

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups assorted raw nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts Start with raw nuts, not roasted. You don't want to roast nuts that have already been roasted.
  • tsp sea salt (divided into 1 tsp and ½ tsp)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey

Optional: 2½ tbsp fresh chopped rosemary divided into 2 tbsp and ½ tbsp

    Instructions
     

    • First, check your oven to make sure your oven rack for roasting the nuts is centered in the middle. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    • Finely chop the fresh rosemary leaves if you're using them and divide them into 2 tbsp and ½ tbsp. Discard the rosemary stem.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the nuts with 2 tbsp chopped rosemary if you're using, 1 tsp sea salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper, olive oil, and maple syrup or honey.
    • Roast for 9-11 minutes. Turn the pan halfway through roasting and stir the nuts. Keep a close eye on the last two minutes as the nuts can quickly go from golden to dark.
    • Immediately remove nuts from the oven and transfer them to a sheet of parchment paper or a large plate to cool off. Separate the nuts that have stuck together and sprinkle with remaining salt and rosemary.
    • Serve the nuts warm or at room temperature. If you're planning to gift, allow the nuts to completely cool off. Store leftover nuts in a covered container for up to a week.

    Notes

    Nutrition information is an estimate based on the ingredients used. The estimated calories listed are for 1 half-cup serving. 

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