If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Jeff and I have been following a pretty strict 10-Day Reset eating protocol. Without disclosing too much personal information, I will share that we have had some health concerns that warrant an elimination diet to see if symptoms reduce or subside. So far, it’s going well, but I definitely miss snacking. With the holidays coming up, I brainstormed a way to create a snack mix that would satisfy the parameters of our new way of eating while also being a welcomed edition to any holiday party for all to enjoy. This snack mix is IT. Loaded with my favorite nuts and seeds, a savory combination of spices, and completely customizable, this mix is a winner in my book.
Ingredients needed to make Savory Holiday Snack Mix
This snack mix is wonderful because it truly is customizable. You can use any combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, pretzels, cereal, etc. that you like or have on hand. Keep in mind that if you add more ingredients, you may want to consider increasing the amount of butter and seasoning blends that you use. The amounts listed are for about 3.5 cups of mix. Anything more than that and you’ll want to scale the amounts up. Since we’re following this Reset protocol, we kept it just to nuts, seeds, and coconut chips, but feel free to get crazy with your add-ins! Here’s what I used to make this mix:
- Raw walnuts
- Raw pecans
- Unsweetened coconut chips (not flakes)
- Raw pepitas
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Dried oregano
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Sea salt
- Grass-fed butter (or avocado oil)
- Maple syrup (optional)
I left the maple syrup out of this batch, as we aren’t consuming any added sugar at the moment. If I were making this at any other time, I would absolutely include the maple syrup. It gives a really nice balance to the savory, salty flavors of the snack mix, but it isn’t necessary if sweet + salty combos aren’t your thing.
Tools used to make Savory Holiday Snack Mix
The tools needed to make this snack mix are so minimal, you likely have all of them on hand already. You’ll want a variety of mixing bowls to melt the butter as well as mix the spices, one or two large sheet pans (I like these rimmed ones), measuring spoons, and a wooden spoon or spatula for tossing the snack mix. If using the maple syrup, you may want to line your sheet pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking. In addition, I recommend a large storage container to keep your snack mix fresh if you plan on making it ahead. I use this glass container and absolutely love it. That’s it!
How to make Savory Holiday Snack Mix
This snack mix comes together in minutes, making it super quick and easy to whip up as a hostess gift or to set out for guests as an appetizer. You’ll start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, then measure out all of your seasoning into a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. Next, melt the butter in another mixing bowl in the microwave. Add the nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, and any other mix-ins you’ve chosen to the sheet pan and drizzle all over with the butter. Use your hands or a large wooden spoon to toss the mix until coated with the butter. Sprinkle on the seasoning blend and toss to coat again. Place the sheet pan in the oven and let it cook for 8-10 minutes, tossing every few minutes, or until it smells fragrant and your nuts have taken on a golden color. Store the mix in an airtight container to keep it crisp for up to a week!
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1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips, such as Dang
1/2 cup raw pepitas
2 tbsp grass-fed butter (or avocado oil), melted
1 tbs onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried oregano
¾ tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
½-1 tsp sea salt, to taste
2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- Melt the butter in a heat-safe dish in the microwave, stirring occasionally.
- Add the walnuts, pecans, coconut chips, and pepitas onto a sheet tray. You may need to use more than 1 sheet tray depending on the amount of mix. Drizzle all over with the butter, then toss to coat. Sprinkle on the seasoning, and toss to coat evenly again.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the nuts and coconut chips have taken on a deep golden color and the mix smells fragrant. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week. Enjoy!
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