November 11, 2016

It’s about that time of year. I don’t know about you, but I’m already having a little holiday anxiety. I have no idea how my actual gift list is going to shake out this year (sorry, friends & family reading this post), but I’m already making my grocery shopping list for edible goodies. Being a foodie/dietitian, I love to give and receive food. You know what they say about the way to a man’s heart? Let’s be honest – that saying applies to everyone, especially me.

I really debated on whether I should share this recipe with you good people. I mean, I’m on a several-year winning streak for giving these goodies as gifts with rave reviews in return, so I shouldn’t be giving away the secret sauce. But I’m gonna do it, because I like you.

I’m also doing it because nuts are perhaps one of the better holiday snacking options from a nutritional perspective. You’ve heard it before I’m sure – almonds, walnuts and pecans provide 2-3g of fiber per serving, they contain a little bit of protein, and a good mix of better-for-you fats that altogether contribute to satiety. You know, that little internal voice that tells you “you’re full”. That is the good voice in your head, listen to it – but ignore the others, they are up to no good I’m sure. 


Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Do you want to know another secret about this recipe? It was given to me over 5 years ago by the good people at McCormick Spices when I worked for a particular supermarket chain. The bummer is, I can’t link to the original recipe post on McCormick’s website as they have now taken it down. But they have a very similar Pumpkin Spiced Nut recipe on their website, in addition to a host of other great recipes, that I think you should go try out. Pro Tip: When you don’t know what to make for dinner, search McCormick’s recipe library. The spice people know how to cook for real life. Their recipes won’t fail you.

So give this recipe a shot this holiday season. Package in a fancy tin or cute little Santa bag with a ribbon for an adorable but delicious hostess gift. Or make it for yourself and hide it, I won’t tell. But Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice. 

Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10

Serving Size: 3 Tablespoons

Nutrition Information per Serving (Nutrihand recipe analysis tool used to calculate this estimate)

180 Calories; 16g Fat; 65mg Sodium; 8g Total Carbohydrates; 2g Fiber; 4g Protein


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon Red Pepper, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups walnut halves (or pecans, or almonds, or a mix of all 3)


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Mix sugar, cinnamon, red pepper and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat egg white in medium bowl until foamy. Add walnuts; toss to coat. Add spice mixture; toss to coat nuts evenly. Spread nuts in single layer on greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake 1 hour, stirring nuts after 30 minutes. Cool slightly and break apart. Cool completely and store in airtight container up to 2 weeks.
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    • Karen Watkins
    • November 12, 2016

    I LOVE your blog!!! You have done a phenomenal job!! I have already taken screen shots of the recipes and can’t wait to try the oatmeal! Keep up the great work!!!

      • Monica Amburn
      • November 12, 2016

      Thank you Karen!!! <3 That means so much to me!!! Let me know what you think as you try the recipes!

    • Betty Murphy Shaughnessy
    • December 9, 2016

    Hi Monica,
    I have been enjoying your blog and it looks great, too. I love these type of snacks!!
    Have you ever done them on a pizza cook stone? Just wondering if I can do that instead of the greased pan?
    So happy to see and read about your successes.

      • Monica Amburn
      • December 10, 2016

      Hi Betty! Thanks so much for checking out the blog! And yes, I have cooked them on a pizza stone-type pan before. I have a lot of Pampered Chef stoneware items, so I’ll use those too. Just don’t pre-heat the stoneware the before hand, and you should be good to go! Let me know what you think! 🙂 Monica

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