Spicy Seed Mix

This is excellent as a snack, or sprinkled onto any dish to give it more oomph. I like to scatter a couple of tablespoons on top of salads and soups. It also makes an excellent potluck/party snack — big crowd pleaser! Or you can double the batch, and spoon into jars as hostess gifts.

Be careful not to overdo it, though — it can be a little addictive. This recipe is inspired by one from


  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews or pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (regular, not extra-virgin) or coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (use 1/2 teaspoon+ for more heat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the nuts and seeds into a mixing bowl. Add the oil, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, and salt to coat.

  • Step 2

    Transfer onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven, stirring and tossing often, until golden brown, 5–10 minutes. Let cool before serving.

  • Step 3

    Watch it disappear — people love this stuff!


This recipe is from my Healthier Holidays recipe sampler. For more recipes, just click on the link below. The PDF includes recipes for:

1. Ginger Pear Smoothie
2. Kale Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing
3. Spicy Coconut Ginger Soup with Greens
4. Spicy Seed Mix
5. Golden Milk “Latte” with Turmeric and Ginger

Download Your FREE Healthier Holidays Recipe Sampler (PDF)