Technically, there’s no wrong way to make trail mix. You can add pretty much any type of nut, seed or dried fruit you want, not to mention the chocolate bits, too. However for roasted nuts, I find that some combinations and glazes are better than others. Salted is the most basic of course, but I like to add a bit more to my roasted nuts to really bring the flavors out.
There are so many ways to turn homemade roasted nuts into a gift, but the easiest and prettiest IMO is to either put them in a mason jar or some sort of festive bag with a cool twist tie.
Roasted Nut Combinations
Many people think that roasting goes as far as popping the nuts into the oven and waiting for it to brown, but you can also flavor the nuts prior.
I like using maple syrup, brown sugar and some freshly squeezed orange juice for mine. Yum!
How to Make the Best Roasted Nuts
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw walnut
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spread nuts in single layer on prepared baking sheet.
- In small bowl combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice, cayenne pepper and rosemary.
- Pour the mixture over the nuts and toss to coat.
- Add the salt and toss to combine.
- Bake, stirring occasionally, until toasted, about 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven.
- Allow to cool, tossing a couple of times as they cool to avoid them sticking together.
- Break apart once cooled before storing.