Slow Cooker Monday: Sweet & Spicy Roasted Nuts

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Plain nuts bore me, but I find that flavored nuts are the perfect answer for an enjoyable, filling and healthy snack. This simple slow cooker recipe roasts nuts and seeds, plus gives them a hint of sweetness from maple syrup and a whisper of heat from cayenne pepper. You can customize it to your heart’s content – use your favorite nuts and/or seeds, add as much heat as you can handle, or add other favorite spices. Try them with sugar and cinnamon for a sweeter version, or cayenne and curry powder for a more savory flavor.

Similar to last week’s slow cooker play dough recipe, these spicy roasted nuts require occasional stirring. While this isn’t one of those Crock Pot recipes that you can leave for 8 hours, it’s an easy way to make your own flavored nuts to snack on for weeks to come. If you have a large slow cooker, you can easily double or even triple this recipe (I used a 3.5 quart and had room for a little more).

What’s your favorite healthy snack?


Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Nuts

  • 2 C raw nuts
  • 1/2 C raw seeds
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/2 t cayenne pepper

Coat inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray. Place all ingredients inside, stirring to evenly coat nuts and seeds. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes. Stir and reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered for 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes, until nuts are coated with glaze.

22 Responses to “Slow Cooker Monday: Sweet & Spicy Roasted Nuts”
  1. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts writes:

    Yum! You do great things with a slow cooker!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted Baked Wontons and a Bonus!

  2. Stephanie writes:

    @Erin – thanks! :)

  3. Jennifer (Delicieux) writes:

    Another great slow cooker recipe! You should do PR for slow cooker companies! I love roasted nuts and the combination of sweet with the cayenne sounds killer.
    Jennifer (Delicieux) recently posted Chocolate Pear Pies

  4. Sandra's Easy Cooking writes:

    Those look beautiful, and very very delicious! Great photos…
    Have a lovely week!
    Sandra’s Easy Cooking recently posted Beef and Green Beans Sauce over Rice

  5. Annie writes:

    I love stuff that can be made in the slow cooker! These would be great to take on a summer camping trip or a nice long hike!
    Annie recently posted Rhubarb Pie

  6. hannah writes:

    Looks great! I’m going to make these tomorrow!

  7. Stephanie writes:

    @hannah – great, enjoy!

  8. Ann writes:

    Yumm! I never thought of nuts in a slow cooker! Fabulous!
    Ann recently posted Another Breakfast and Lunch Post

  9. Stephanie writes:

    @Ann – thanks! It’s surprising what you can make in a slow cooker – they’re really versatile!

  10. Sandra writes:

    Slow Cooker manufacturers should raise a statue in your honor!
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  11. Stephanie writes:

    @Sandra – haha thanks!

  12. Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus writes:

    This looks delicious AND I finally have a crockpot so I can begin tasting all of your great SlowCooker recipes :)
    Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus recently posted Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

  13. Stephanie writes:

    @Christine – that’s great! Enjoy them :)

  14. Liz writes:

    WOW, these sound fabulous…and the fact that you can make them in a slow cooker makes them even more appealing! Yum.
    Liz recently posted Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins

  15. Stephanie writes:

    @Liz: thanks!

  16. Magic of Spice writes:

    These look terrific…you do such amazing things with that slow-cooker of yours!
    Hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend :)
    Magic of Spice recently posted Whats for lunch Languedoc Style Tuna Salad Sandwich for a Gourmet Picnic

  17. Stephanie writes:

    @Magic of Spice – thanks! I hope you’re having a great weekend too!

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    This looks like a wonderful recipe to make for Christmas gifts for neighbors, friends and family, too! Thanks!

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