Roasted Chili Lime Nuts w/ Coconut Oil

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack…
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire….DSC07659
Ahhh nuts.  I love nuts, especially roasted, salty, flavorful nuts.

Unfortunately, the lovely flavor coated nuts that leave wonderfully yummy powder on your fingers almost always include MSG, tons of salt, and many DUBIOUS ingredients.  Dubious, difficult to pronounce, and even detrimental*.  What’s a girl who used to lick her finger and get the extra powder from the bottom of the Cheetos bag, the pretzel bag and the Blue Diamond smokehouse almond container to do?  You know what I’m going to say already, don’t you?

Make them yourself.  Spiced, roasted nuts are such a great alternative to chips.  Nuts pack a lot of nutrition and although they also pack calories, they are very satisfying and keep you full for awhile.  So just place a reasonable amount in a small bowl and give your body and your taste buds something to sing songs about.

I know, I know, so many recipes and so little time, however, roasting nuts doesn’t take a lot of time and the majority of the time spent is checking and stirring so that could be done while working on something else in the kitchen.  Even though Little Sis and I do not wish to induce maniacal multi-tasking in anyone (although I wouldn’t mind sharing a little if it would reduce my personal load), there are times in the kitchen when if you are already there chopping or mixing you could keep an eye on something in the oven that needs just a scant amount of attention.

I give you the yummiest flavored nuts I’ve ever had.  Hope you enjoy them as well!

Roasted Chili Lime Nuts (modified from : Shannon at A Cozy Place Called Home)

4 cups nuts (Any kind is fine. I used almonds, salted peanuts, pecans, and walnuts.)DSC07655

3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted) – original recipe is butter so that would work

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder

3 cloves garlic (pressed)

If you use salted nuts, don’t add salt.  I added 1/2 tsp because only the peanuts were salty.

1/8 teaspoon ground red and black pepper blend (I did not use)

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Combine all ingredients but nuts in a small bowl and mix.

3. Add nuts and stir

4. Pour out onto cookie sheet with edges.  Make sure to scrape the extra off the bowl with a spatula

5. Bake approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until nuts are golden brown.  Stir a couple of times in there for even coating and browing.  (The original recipe was for 10 minutes but I increased the ratio of oil and spices and I used coconut oil, so it took longer)

6. Allow nuts to cool.

7. Make sure to lick the remaining spices off of the cookie sheet 😉  Just kidding.

My co-workers enjoyed these very much at our Super Bowl pot-luck (and I got to see the runback of a kickoff on one trip to the nurse’s lounge to eat).  Several asked for the recipe.  Hope you enjoy them as well!

* Back to the detrimental part.  MSG is a very dubious ingredient indeed and it has lots of names.  One is yeast extract which is an ingredient in Blue Diamond’s Honey Dijon flavor almonds.  Here is the ingredient list from their website: almonds, vegetable oil (canola, safflower, and/or sunflower), sugar, salt, tomato, molasses powder (cane refinery syrup, molasses), vinegar powder, (maltodextrin, vinegar solids), onion, garlic, natural smoke flavor (contains soybean oil), yeast extract, habanero chile pepper, mustard, malic acid, spices and extractive of paprika.

69 responses

    • You are very welcome. I’m a Trader Joe’s fan, but I’m guessing it’s much cheaper to make them at home as well! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

    • You are very welcome. I’m a Trader Joe’s fan, but I’m guessing it’s much cheaper to make them at home as well! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

  1. mmmmm! roasted nuts are never a bad idea. and i adore lime. in, on and pretty much smothering with anything. beautiful!!

    thanks for sharing with us at the wednesday fresh foods link up. i look forward to seeing what other seasonal & real/whole food posts you have for us next week!! xo, kristy

  2. I’m so glad to know you tried my recipe and thank you for the link back to my blog. These are yummy with the original recipe, but your changes sound very good too. I will have to try them when I make my next batch. Thanks again for sharing your version and I’m glad my recipe worked out for you! Have a great week.

  3. The lime in this sounds awesome!!
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Cindy from

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  5. Yum, Yum, Yum! I’m always looking for ways to spruce up nuts! And we LOVE that coconut oil, get it from Costco??

    Also, I’d love for you to share this post at Healthy 2day Wednesdays if you haven’t already! (and healthy posts you have every week!) Blessings!

  6. This is a great recipe. I made mine extra hot, because I like things very spicy, and think that next time I will use a bit more lime juice to balance it out, but they’re so addictive I have had to put them waaay back in the fridge so I don’t keep grabbing a handful every time I open it…. I’m so glad to have found a do-it-yourself alternative to the store-bought, which I know have lots of scary things in them. Thanks!

    • So glad you like it and we love hearing from people who’ve made a recipe we share. I agree – they are quite addictive!

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    • Hi Ami! Because the nuts are roasted (and we buy and leave out roasted nuts in containers for a long time) I would think these would make a great Christmas gift! I have not ever tested how long they can be out, but I do not store them in the frig when I make them.

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  9. Made these with cashews and added some chilli flakes and chia seeds – so delicious! I’m not allowed any sugar on 4hb, but I imagine they’d be great with some honey too.

    • Oooh – an interesting variation – sounds great! I experimented with a sweeter version that didn’t go too well, but I might try again. Thanks for letting us know you tried them!

  10. I just made this with 2 cups of almonds and 2 cups of this mix: cranberries, raisins, apple bits, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews. SO DELICIOUS!!!! The flavors go together so well. Thanks!!

  11. This looks so good! I’m with you on the flavored nut mixes, way too many crappy ingredients, and so much added alt and sugars. I also love that you used Coconut oil! My favorite, and it gives a sweet taste that I imagine goes well with the hint of heat and lime! #greatideathursday

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