Tea Roasted Nuts {Sweet & Spicy}

December 16, 2015

Tea Roasted Nuts {Sweet & Spicy} by Faring Well // #vegan #recipe

If I didn’t know better, I would think we lived in Finland today. I woke up to a foot of powder on the ground and heavy snowfall whirling around in the stormy winds outside. The flakes had built up inches on our window ledge, the one where one of our window cranks is broken, leaving the window cracked a few inches. As the winds swirled the falling snow I would watch a gust of snowflakes enter our house through the crack. I didn’t mind. I make sure to keep the floor area beneath the window pane clear, so the occasional flurries can enter with warm welcome. I put on my running tights, sweatshirt, snow jacket, and boots. Threw my running shoes in a bag, and headed out the door. After descending the three flights of stairs in our building I was greeted by a white so bright I thought I went blind. There was no color outside, anywhere. Only white. Piled on top of the cars and trees, and surrounding their bases so they were all snugs-as-a-bug in their little snow beds. The streets and sidewalks all looked the same. A foot of powder evening them out so you couldn’t tell where one began and the other ended. A little path had been carved by a previous snow trekker (my snow angel) and so I followed. This lead me down the street a few blocks to my new winter gym. I got in the door, peeled off my layers and switched my shoes. After walking over to the treadmill and setting down my things, I looked out the window once more at the swirling snow and smiled inside. It was my friend today, and it’s freezing nature still somehow left me feeling warm inside.

Today I bring you a recipe for roasted nuts that blew our minds the other week. The (not so) secret ingredient is tea leaves, and this is just one of the many ways I’ve been falling in love with the different ways to use tea in a handful of recipes lately. There are an overwhelming variety of teas available today, and different methods of harvesting and roasting that change their subtle flavors. I fell in love with the ones offered by TeaBox and have greatly appreciated the notes they provide with each tea, explaining the flavors and tones with each batch. Here I use the Lopchu Golden Orange Pekoe Black Tea. It pairs perfectly in this recipe due to it’s earthy, slightly sweet, and cocoa tones. The earthy flavor compliments the nuts, while the cocoa pairs perfectly with the chili. It’s slight sweetness is enhanced by the maple syrup, making this an absolute scrumptious snack overall. And highly addictive. If there is a bowl sitting around we are bound to have our paws in it, snacking like bear cubs with a honey jar. The recipe is relatively simple and foolproof, and I’m sure whomever you choose to share this with this holiday season (and all year long) will feel totally tickled that you treated them to this salty sweet, tea infused snack with a kick. Happy wrapping this week folks, hope your season has been just the jolliest so far.

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Makes 2 cups of nuts. Serves 4, or fills 8 mini gift bags.

1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw almonds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
Scant 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Scant 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons Lopchu Golden Orange Pekoe Black Tea

Preheat the oven to 300F.

Combine the nuts and maple syrup in a mixing bowl, and toss to coat. Add the spices and tea leaves, and toss with a spoon until all of the nuts are evenly coated.

Transfer the nuts to a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure to give each nut space (not touching one another). Bake for 30 minutes (do not flip or toss the nuts at any time). Let cool fully on the counter. Eat right away, package in little bags to give as gifts, or store in an airtight container at room temperature. Best if eaten within 2 weeks.


Tea Roasted Nuts {Sweet & Spicy} by Faring Well // #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 16, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Tea leaves on nuts? You are brilliant my dear! xo

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Shucks thank you Abby! It is quite the flavor combo I must say :)

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout December 16, 2015 at 8:52 am

    yum! this is such a great idea. Also, I am very jealous of your snow! It is just grey and rainy here :(

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Aw bummer – sending some snow your way (if I had the power!). But it isn’t winter yet, so I’m sure there is plenty more to come. (Happy? Sad? Not sure which I am.)

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun December 16, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Jessie, what darling gifts these beauties make. I am enamored with the idea of using tea for the roast, this is incredibly unique and interesting to me! I am so happy you got some snow – we had some Echo love here, too – however not as much as what I was (not very secretly) hoping for. It’s a beautiful sight always. Wishing you well. xo

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Thank you dearly Danielle! Its been kind of crazy how much snow we have had so far. But I’m sure you’ll have plenty to come soon enough too ;). Hope you are having a lovely week friend! Thank you for always stopping by <3

  • Reply Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} December 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I would never ever ever have though of using tea leaves as a seasoning, but why not?! I bet the orange pekoe gives these a lovely festive taste. Yummy :)

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

      I know I’m not really sure where the idea came from?! But my goodness is it delicious (!!!). Hope you get to try some soon and love the idea too <3

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow December 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    That introduction gave me the best kind of goosebumps, all over. I think you (and Holly and Ashlae and all of you lucky ducks who live in snow) already know this, but SNOW MAKES ME STUPID HAPPY. I have been living vicariously through y’alls IG photos and this sweet intro paragraph made everything come together.

    I had no idea about the broken window but I love the image of snowflakes fluttering in. (Side note: Is this also how Mr. Squirrel got in?) And these nuts — with tea?! — sound hearty and warm and like the perfect post-gym snow snack. :)

    Happiest of holidays to you and Scott and all the little snowflakes!

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Haha – I love it! you’ll have to come visit us all sometime during the winter ;) these rockies will have plenty of snow for your snow-loving-heart! And you are too funny – and correct – that IS how the squirrel got in **laughing crying emoji**. Oh life. You are too great. And these nuts, thank you for the recipe love friend, I hope you get to try them because they are positively addicting! I hope you two (and pup!) are enjoying your holiday season as well, so so many hugs <3

  • Reply Jennifer December 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Made this today with vanilla rooibos tea, it is Amazingly good!! Can’t wait to try this with other teas. Thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Aw yay! That just made my heart so so happy. Glad you loved them and are already aching to make more! Too cool. Happy Christmas! xo

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams December 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Tea + nuts = GENIUS! Will definitely have to give this a try when we’re back after the holidays. I imagine this would be a perfect snack for any sort of gathering. Also, I’m super jealous of all that snow! Montreal may have a green christmas this year – something I’ve NEVER experienced (scary, and so sad). Merry Christmas lady xx

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Ah you’re the best! Thank you Shelley! And that is strange about the green Christmas. But hopefully the snow will come soon after and is just taking its time ;). Have the best time this holiday friend! Merry Christmas to you too xoxo

  • Reply Eva @ foodbasedonemotions.com December 17, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I just gifted these to a few people and they absolutely L O V E D them!!
    Thanks for the perfect inspiration :)
    Oh and really love your photography style…

    Happy christmas days!!!

    • Reply Faring Well December 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      That is so amazing to hear! Yay! Thank you Eva :) You are crazy sweet. You have a wonderful Christmas time too! <3

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine December 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Those speckles of tea make these so splendid looking! Love the sweet and spicy combo and how it’s just a hint of sweet. And of course those little gift bags make my heart so happy! Found some little bags similar to yours so that my packages can be twins with yours. :) And love how you embrace the snow and winter- the joys of living in CO! Meanwhile here in Michigan we have no snow at all and the ski slopes have had to delay opening. :( Trying to make the best of it though!

    • Reply Faring Well December 21, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      YAY for twinnies! I love it. Thanks so much Emily! I’m super glad you like my rendition of these roasted nuts here. And don’t you worry, winter just started and I’m sure in a month you’ll be covered in snow and wishing for sun like me! Haha. XO

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore December 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Sounds simple yet delicious!! :) By the way we have the same gift wrapping vibes!

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