Holiday Love Nuts Recipe

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe by Lilith Dorsey

It’s Yuletide and there is a lot of holiday cooking going on, among Pagans and other religions, as there should be. When I was little I remember the holiday baking would go on for weeks. There would be coffeecakes, and cookies, and a ton of snack mix. My sister and I totally did not look forward to the cooking and decorating that went on for hours at my grandmother’s house. We laugh about it today, and snack mix is still a guilty pleasure. The following is a much healthier alternative for a holiday snack, it’s an aphrodisiac, and it’s magic.

Many of you know I am the author of the African American Ritual Cookbook, but many are not aware that I have been working on an aphrodisiac cookbook for the past few years. One of the things that struck me as funny during my research is that the spices used in Santeria and New Orleans Voodoo to honor the goddess Oshun are scientifically proven aphrodisiacs. According to the Science Channel, pumpkin pie spices, like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg are said to increase blood flow to the male member by up to 40 percent. These are ritual herbs for Oshun and are included in this recipe to help you bring love and blessings into your life. I have also included Orange blossom honey which is also sacred to Oshun. She is the Santeria, or Lucumi, goddess of Love, beauty, money, and marriage. Oshun is honored in many different Afro-Caribbean Pagan traditions, and now you can give her a little wink during your holidays this year. Feel free to double or triple this recipe to give as gifts. It’s delicious. As always check with your spiritual godparents before leaving any offerings or doing any spiritual work. Remember to share this recipe with your loved ones, and if you make some for yourself, let me know how it goes. Happy Holidays!



Cashews by Lilith Dorsey


1 lb. Cashews (raw or dry roasted)

½ lb. Almonds or other nuts (raw or dry roasted)

2 tbs. Butter

1 tbs. Orange blossom honey

1 tsp Coconut Aminos or Soy Sauce

½ tsp. Onion powder

¼ tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon powder

1 tsp. Smoky Paprika

¼ tsp. Black pepper

¼ tsp. Salt ( if the nuts are salted already you can omit extra salt here)

¼ tsp. Chili powder


Spicy cashews by Lilith Dorsey

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Melt butter and add honey and coco aminos or soy sauce. Place nuts in a large bowl. Pour butter mixture over the nuts and toss to coat. Sprinkle the nuts with the remaining ingredients, mixing well to combine. Spread the nuts in a thin layer onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Stir, return to oven and bake 10 minutes more. Cool and enjoy!

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.