Sweet ‘n’ Salty Nuts

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Sweet ‘n’ Salty Macadamias

This is one of our family’s ‘go-to’ snacks which my friends think I really should share – they’re the easiest, yummiest snack around!

This isn’t a Thermomix recipe – it’s so simple, it’s hardly a recipe at all… All it involves is some nuts, a liquid sweetener, some sea salt, and an oven. Oh, and a baking tray. And it only takes 20 minutes.

Sweet ‘n’ salty nuts are great for a quick snack on the go. I often take a little bag of them in my handbag when I go out, which helps me control the urge for buying something not-so-healthy to munch on!

I buy my nuts bulk from Trumps in Brisbane – it’s a lot cheaper that way. I buy organic raw cashews, insecticide free almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts – all sorts. I can also get lovely pecans and macadamia nuts locally, which are probably my favourites. I always have a variety of nuts in my freezer. (And at the moment, in bags on my kitchen floor because I can’t fit them in the freezer…) We’re a pretty nutty family!

There’s lots of possible combinations of nuts and sweeteners – here’s a few of my favourites, but see what you can come up with!

– Macadamias, rice malt syrup, sea salt

– Cashews, raw honey, sea salt

– Pecans, pure maple syrup, sea salt

– Almonds, raw honey, sea salt

I’m wanting to try yacon syrup too, just haven’t gotten any yet, but I’ve heard it’s amazing!

Okay, here’s the simple method for making sweet ‘n’ salty nuts:

Sweet ‘n’ Salty Nuts
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  1. sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  2. Cashews, raw honey
  3. Pecans, pure maple syrup
  4. Almonds, raw honey
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Spread the nuts on a baking paper lined pizza tray (or baking tray) so that they're in a single layer.
  3. Drizzle with honey or syrup, back and forth - no need to cover them!
  4. Sprinkle over a couple of good sized pinches of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt.
  5. Pop the nuts into the preheated oven and let them cook for about 10 minutes. Take the tray out and stir the nuts with a fork, turning them in the melted honey/syrup so they're evenly coated. Pop them back in the oven and cook another 10 minutes, or until they're golden and crispy. Don't burn them!
  6. Let them cool for a few minutes before eating. Once they're completely cool, store them in an airtight jar on the counter
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P.S. You might want to do a couple of trays at a time – they go quick!


  1. This recipe makes me crazy because in that one photo above there is about $40 worth of Macadamias. Here, the cost of using them is prohibitive. I LOVE Macadamia nuts but we have to treat them like truffles — only one per recipe, sliced very thinly =)

    Also glad to see that I am not the only one with bags of food on the floor due to a full freezer. (shhh, don’t tell!) … though in my case it’s grains.

  2. Jo Whitton says:

    WOW, that IS expensive!! I can raw macadamias for $19/kg; organic raw cashews for $14.45/kg; insecticide free almonds for $10.70/kg… Thankfully, because we eat a lot of nuts! Last time I ran out of nuts I nearly went crazy, having to buy expensive little bags of them at the grocery store! (Didn’t buy too many!!) 🙂

    Yeah, I think I need to clean out my freezer again and rearrange…

  3. Tenina says:

    Love crunchy stuff (as you know…) this is on my list! 🙂

  4. Jo Whitton says:

    Cool! Hope you like them 😀

  5. Fleur says:

    Hi Jo

    I tried this recipe last week and it was a huge hit. My husband who isn’t too sure on “all this health stuff” absolutely loved it. Thank you very much. Cheers Fleur

  6. Jo Whitton says:

    Glad you and hubby liked them, Fleur!! Jo 🙂

  7. KirstyE says:

    These nuts are dangerous!……
    I made them as gifts for people and have eaten so many over the last few days, so simple but great. Thanks for Sharing Jo

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo. I’ve been reaing about soaking nuts to release the enzymes. Do you think it would work with this recipe

  9. Kylah Bertolini says:

    OMG These are amazing!! I used cashews with agave syrup, a huge hit in my house. I have decided to use them as gifts

  10. Jane Gibson says:

    Anonymous, you can soak the nuts then dry them out in a v low oven or food dehydrator and then proceed with the recipe.

  11. katharine says:

    hi jo, just wondering about how you freeze your bulk nuts? we eat lots too but just buy them in smaller amounts. if you buy bulk and freeze so they last longer? how do you freeze them? thanks, katharine

  12. Jo Whitton says:

    Hi Katherine, I just freeze them in the big bags they come in.

  13. Sarah says:

    Hi Jo,
    Will golden syrup work? Thinking of putting in airtight coffee jars as gifts?

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