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Need a quick and easy diabetic-friendly snack? Make a big batch of Italian herbed nuts and store them in single-serve containers for a healthy bite any time!
Looking for a quick and easy diabetic-friendly snack? Whether you’re prepping for a road trip or just want something to munch on during the day, these Italian herbed nuts are the perfect option!
Simply whip up a big batch and store them in single-serving containers or plastic bags. You’ll have a healthy snack with built-in portion control at your fingertips any time.
Most roasted nuts are candied, which means they contain sugar in some form. This savory recipe, on the other hand, is naturally sugar-free. No maple syrup, honey, or agave to be found.
Instead, you’ll taste salty cheese with hints of basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. The Worcestershire sauce adds a vinegary punch of onion too.
How to make Italian herbed nuts
This recipe is so easy to make. Just mix everything in a bowl, spread it out on a baking sheet, and toss it in the oven. You’ll be guilt-free snacking in no time!
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Step 2: In a bowl, whisk together the ghee (or butter), Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic pepper.
Step 3: Add the walnuts, cashews, and almonds. Mix well to ensure all the nuts are coated.
Step 4: Spread the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the cheese.
Step 5: Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to ensure the nuts cook evenly.
Your roasted nuts are ready to enjoy! You can eat them hot out of the oven or store them for future snacking.
The nuts may seem a bit chewy when they’re hot. As they cool, they will become crunchier.
Variations for this recipe
The beauty of this recipe is that you can really customize it however you like. Have some fun with it!
Prefer pecans to cashews? Make the swap! Want to use olive oil instead of butter or ghee? Go right ahead. Watching your sodium intake? Skip the added salt.
You can also play around with the spices. Instead of 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, try 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1 teaspoon of chili powder for a Mexican-inspired flavor. Rosemary and thyme would be a delicious combination as well.
Feel free to get creative!
The flavor of herb-roasted nuts will deepen the longer they are stored. That’s what makes them so great to make ahead of time!
Simply store your roasted nuts in an airtight container or plastic bag. They will stay fresh at room temperature for up to a week or in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
Other roasted snack recipes
For me, a good snack is all about the crunch. It helps me feel satisfied without over-eating! Here are a few of my favorite roasted snacks to satisfy my cravings:
If you don’t want to make snacks yourself, you can also find inspiration in my guide to the best low-carb packaged snacks for people with diabetes.
When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Italian Herbed Nuts
- 1 tablespoon melted ghee, (or butter)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, (or 1 teaspoon dried basil plus 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, (or garlic pepper)
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano , (or Parmesan cheese)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- In a bowl, whisk together the ghee (or butter), Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder.1 tablespoon melted ghee, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Add the walnuts, cashews, and almonds. Mix well to ensure all the nuts are coated.1 cup walnut halves, 1 cup cashews, 1 cup whole almonds
- Spread the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the cheese.2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to ensure the nuts cook evenly.