Chili-Citrus Mixed Nuts

Ron Nebrerecipes, Savoury

A bowl of roasted mixed nuts beside a baking sheet

When the craving for something crunchy strikes, or if you need a bowl of snacks to share for a movie, big game, or party, we’ve got your new go-to mix! With just a smidge of salt, but lots of zesty citrus flavour, plus just enough spicy zing, this is a totally craveable snack that you can gobble up and still feel good about.

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes


  • 43 g / 3 tbsp Mirage margarine, melted
  • 45 ml / 3 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 14 g / 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 g / 1 tbsp lime zest, finely grated
  • 4 g / 2 tsp orange zest, finely grated
  • 6 g / 1 tsp salt
  • 3 g / 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 g / ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 141 g / 1 ½ cup raw walnuts
  • 139 g / 1 cup raw almonds
  • 137 g / 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 69 g / ½ cup raw pepitas


  • 2 g / 1 tsp lime zest, freshly grated
  • 2 g / 1 tsp orange zest, freshly grated


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl, combine the melted Mirage margarine, lime juice, orange juice, brown sugar, lime zest, orange zest, salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper until thoroughly mixed.

3. Add the walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and pepitas. Toss to evenly coat.

Glass mixing bowl full of mixed nuts with a small spatula

4. Spread the nut mixture in an even layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Put into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

5. Remove from oven, shake and mix the nuts, and evenly spread the nuts before placing back into the oven. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until mixture is dried; do not burn.

Parchment-lined baking sheet covered with a layer of roasted mixed nuts

6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the lime and orange zest while still hot. Let cool on pan.

7. Serve immediately or store completely cooled nuts in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Chef’s Notes

  • Use nuts or seeds of your choice if any of the ones listed are not available.
  • If desired, maple syrup or honey can be used in place of the brown sugar.
  • Nuts will continue to dry and harden as they cool, remove from oven if they are getting too dark.

Close-up of roasted mixed nuts on a baking sheet