Diabetes-Friendly RecipesParty Mix

Smoky & Sweet Party Mix

Serve this tasty mix in small ramekins or cups to keep portions small and social-distancing rules simple.

Rochelle Bilow

Like everyone’s favorite snack mix, but with less fat, sugar, and no preservatives. Baking the pumpernickel squares separately helps them crisp up and become delightfully crunchy. Keep a close watch on the nuts in the oven—your nose will tell you when they are ready!

Serving Size




  • 1 cup pumpernickel bread, sliced thinly and cut into ½” squares or triangles
  • 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup raw unsalted walnut halves and pieces
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 165.4 calories; 13.2g fat; 2.1g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 200.2mg sodium; 9.2g carbohydrate; 2.3g fiber; 5g protein; 1.5g sugar; 37mg calcium


Step 1Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Arrange the pumpernickel squares on a wire rack (such as a cooling rack) in a single layer. Set the wire rack on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes until toasted and crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool; maintain the oven temperature.

Step 2In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and sea salt. Whisk to combine, then add the almonds, walnuts, and cashews. Use a flexible spatula, wooden spoon, or clean hands to toss, coating all the nuts with the coconut oil and seasonings. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet (you can use the one from the pumpernickel squares).

Step 3Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until fragrant and golden — do not overbake, or the nuts and sugar will burn. Remove from the oven and immediately pour into a large mixing bowl. (The one you mixed everything in is fine). Add the pumpernickel squares and toss to combine. Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Rochelle Bilow

Rochelle Bilow

Rochelle Bilow is a recipe developer and food writer who splits her time between New York and Vermont. She is the author of the food and farming memoir, The Call of the Farm, a former New York City line cook, and the former social media manager at Bon Appétit and Cooking Light magazines. She also appeared on season one of Beat Bobby Flay. Connect with Rochelle online at @rochellebilow

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