Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts

January 30, 2020
Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts pack all the wonderful flavors of chai in a tasty little grab-by-the-handful bite.  They're a perfect nibble for parties, game day, or everyday snacking.

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Aside from chocolate, chai spice is my favorite flavor.  It's such a wonderfully warm, rich, and flavorful spice mix.  And believe me, I'm always open to sitting down with a big, creamy chai tea latte.

If you're not familiar with it, chai spice is generally a full-flavored mix of vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and that extra-special spice that gives it its distinctly characteristic flavor -- cardamom.  When you smell chai spice, you'll get a peppery-floral whiff in the scent.  That peppery-floral whiff? -- That's the cardamom.  And there's just absolutely nothing else like it.

Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts pack all the wonderful flavors of chai in a tasty little grab-by-the-handful bite.

I just adore the taste and smell of cardamom.  And I don't just adore it in my favorite chai tea latte, I love it in chai sugar cookies, chai granola, and just about any other chai form that can be dreamed up.

So, today I decided to share the recipe for my second favorite way to enjoy the fabulous flavors of chai other than the deliciously spiced drink itself -- these Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts.

I can't say enough that these mixed nuts are delicious.  They're a perfect nibble for parties, game day, or everyday snacking.  And would be great as little holiday gifts-from-the-kitchen, too.

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And you know what else I adore about these Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts?  They're easy to make!  Oh, how I love a recipe that's both delicious and easy.

To make a batch, you start by simply whisking up an egg white along with a tablespoon of vanilla extract.

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Toss the frothy egg white mixture with 3 cups of mixed nuts.  In this batch, I used a combination of whole almonds, walnuts, and pecans.

The egg white moistens the nuts, giving the flavorful chai spice mixture (sprinkled on in the next steps) something to cling onto.  It also distributes the vanilla flavor of the extract all over the nuts, coating each nut with a nice thin film of vanilla.

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Then combine granulated sugar with ground cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, and a little kosher salt to create the chai spice mixture used to flavor the nuts.

Be sure to use kosher salt, not regular table salt, as kosher salt is more flaky and less "salty" than regular table salt.  If you substitute the same amount of table salt, the finished nuts will taste way too salty.

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Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture on the nuts and give them a good toss.  Be sure to get everything good and coated with the chai spice.

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Spread the spiced nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.

I line the baking sheet with parchment paper or foil to make clean up easier.

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Then bake the nuts up.  As the egg white coating on the nuts bakes, the nuts develop a fabulously tasty sugar-and-spice flaky coating that's oh-soooooo good.

Let the nuts cool to room temperature, and then serve up a bowl and enjoy!

And enjoy you sure will.  Because these Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts pack all the wonderful flavors of chai in a tasty little grab-by-the-handful bite.  They're a perfect nibble for parties, game day, or for everyday snacking.

Check out these other tasty little party nibbles:
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Yield: 3 cups nuts

Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts

Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts

Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts pack all the wonderful flavors of chai in a tasty little grab-by-the-handful bite. They're a perfect nibble for parties, game day, or everyday snacking.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 c. nuts (I use 1 c. each whole almonds, pecan halves, & whole cashews)
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom


How to make Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts

  1. Combine vanilla extract and egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until foamy.  Stir in nuts, being sure to get all nuts coated with egg white.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar, kosher salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom. Sprinkle over nuts, tossing to coat.
  3. Place nut mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.  Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. 
  4. Remove pan from oven. Turn off oven.
  5. Toss nuts, breaking pieces apart. Return pan to oven, and leave pan in oven for an additional 10 minutes (with the oven turned off).
  6. Cool to room temperature. Store nuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
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You might also like these other tasty party bites:

Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts ~ These little nibbles pack all the wonderful flavors of chai in a tasty grab-by-the-handful bite. Perfect for parties, game day, or everyday snacking!

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  1. These sound delicious and are definitely getting added to my Christmas to-make list!

  2. Amazing tea It sounds delicious !!

  3. Those look so good, I always pay a fortune for flavour nuts, should give it a try.

  4. Love chai -- and nuts! Definitely going on my giftable list!

  5. oh yum! Hi! Came over from Market Yourself Monday...This looks really yummy. Would love for you to come over and share at my Tasty Tuesday Party going on now!

  6. Ok this looks heavenly!!! Thanks for sharing so much

  7. Sweet and spicy nuts are a favorite of mine this time of year. These look great! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

  8. Oh man... what a delicious recipe. I love all the ingredients... can't wait to try them.


  9. These look wonderful. I have been wanting something new to do with nuts this year. I think I have found it. Thanks for sharingl.

  10. Hi Tracey,
    Your Nuts will be great to serve at holiday parties, this is a great recipe. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Amazing Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts, sounds delicious !!


  12. Thanks for sharing at last week's What's for Dinner party. Hope to see you this week - and have a fabulous day!


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