This Goat Cheese Appetizer with Nuts and Honey is a simple recipe that is the perfect combination of sweet, savory and salty.
Do you like to entertain during the holidays? I love it, and that may or may not have anything to do with my addiction to serveware…really guys, I have more appetizer plates and serving platters than any one person should own, but they’re so pretty I can’t help myself! With all of those parties we tend to over indulge a little during the holidays, sugar overload is a real thing! This year we put our minds to creating an appetizer recipe that would be a little lighter but still festive.
When we were offered the chance to work with NatureBox we were so excited. It was the perfect place to get healthy, all natural ingredients and their flavor combinations are delicious. If you aren’t familiar with NatureBox, they are a subscription service that delivers a box of healthy and delicious snacks to your door each month. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, zero grams trans fats, and no high fructose corn syrup. You can learn more about their Product Promise here. When you join NatureBox, you’ll receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or be surprised with their carefully curated selections. We chose our own flavors and picked Cherry Berry Bonanza, Citrus Kick Almonds, Lemon Pucker Pistachios, and Honeycomb Sunflower Kernels (we also got Chia Seed Crackers, amazing, but not used in this recipe).
For our appetizer we paired goat cheese (my favorite!!) with crushed nuts and honey. It was simple and quick, my favorite combination. We crushed the nuts into smaller pieces and used about a 1/2 c of each nut/seed/berry to coat the goat cheese log. It’s easier than it sounds, just mix your toppings together and pour them out on a cookie sheet. Then roll the log in it. You don’t need to coat the cheese all the way around, just the top and sides. Then you can use your hands to push any loose pieces in a little more firmly, or add a few pieces in a bare spot. Once the cheese is coated just drizzle it with honey and you’re done.
The goat cheese has a sharp salty flavor that goes really well with the citrus flavored nuts and the sweet dried fruit and honey. I ate it on a cracker, and all by itself, and loved it both ways. It was a nice change from the heavier, sweeter, snacks we usually have during the holidays.
Whether you are serving them as is, or adding them to a recipe, NatureBox snacks are great, and NatureBox has 100+ snack options, so there is something for everyone. I highly recommend the Lemon Pucker Pistachios, yum!! NatureBox snacks are perfect for this indulgent holiday season as a better for you snacking alternative – delicious snacks for your holiday party (and options for all of the picky eaters), easy and unique additions to fall/holiday recipes and fun ways to change up the lunchbox routine.
Do you have an appetizer you love making for the holidays?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.