Sweet & Spicy Nuts
Nina Herndon
December 16, 2023
February 7, 2024

These are easy to make and even easier to nibble on! I like to serve them on h a cheese tray with crackers and crudités plus olives and pickles. Always a hit at the retreat!


  • 2 Tbsp tamari (gf) or gf soy sauce
  • 4 tsp. dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 cups unsalted almonds
  • 2 cups unsalted cashews
  • 2 tsp wasabi powder, divided
  • ½ tsp sea salt 
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  • Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Stir in 1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder.
  • Add nuts; toss well to coat.
  • Spread in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking pan.
  • Bake at 250° for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the oven; immediately sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon wasabi over hot nuts.
  • Let stand for 2 hours to cool and dry.


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Nina Herndon

Nina believes women have an incredible ability to help one another, and is driven to cultivate safe spaces for them to do so. Over the years she has helped her mom to grow Retreat in the Pines to reach as many women as possible.

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