Crunchy and salty-sweet, healthy honey roasted nuts are made with just a touch of honey and flavored with smoked paprika and sea salt. They are keto and paleo!
Crunchy, fragrant and flavorful, honey roasted nuts make a wonderful and healthy snack (another good one is roasted chestnuts).
They also make a great homemade hostess gift this holiday season. Well. that’s assuming you’ll resist the temptation to polish them off by yourself! Speaking from experience here. 😳
The ingredients you’ll need to make honey roasted nuts
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty snack. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- Unsalted butter
- Honey (or a low-carb alternative)
- Mixed nuts, raw and unsalted.
- Smoked paprika (not regular paprika)
- Sea salt
What nuts to use?
I like to use hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, and shelled pistachios. But you can use anything you like. Cashews or walnut halves would also be excellent.
How is this recipe keto if it contains honey?
The amount of honey in this recipe adds just a touch of sweetness, and keeps these nuts healthy and keto.
If you use a honey alternative, and assuming these syrups provide zero carbs, the low carb version has 185 calories, 6g carbs and 3g fiber per serving.
How to make honey roasted nuts
The recipe card below provides the full details. But the basics are easy:
- Coat the nuts with butter, honey, salt and smoked paprika (yes! the smoked paprika adds wonderful smoky flavor).
- Then roast the nuts until golden.
Roasting at 300 degrees F ensures that the nuts roast slowly and evenly and don’t burn. I tried to roast them in a 350F oven, and the results weren’t as good.
Are they good for you?
But honey, despite its benefits, is still sugar. However, in this recipe I use very little honey, so yes, I think this recipe is healthy.
However, if you like your honey roasted nuts very sweet, you can certainly double the amount of honey or sweetener.
How to store them
You can keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days. But they do lose some of their crunch after the first day. Reheat them in a 300F oven for 10 minutes to restore that crunch.
PS. this dark chocolate bark makes another wonderful homemade hostess gift for the holidays.
Honey Roasted Nuts
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon honey*
- 8 oz mixed nuts, raw and unsalted (I used 2 oz each of hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, and shelled pistachios)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (not regular paprika)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place the butter and honey in a glass baking dish. Heat in the oven until melted, about 2 minutes.
- Add the nuts and the smoked paprika. Toss to coat.
- Roast the nuts until golden, about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove the nuts from the pan and spread them evenly on wax paper or parchment paper. Sprinkle with the salt. Allow to cool and crisp up, about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature.