Candied Walnuts

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These candied walnuts are sweetened with coconut sugar and made without egg whites! They’re crunchy, addicting and come together in about 15 minutes. Perfect for snacking, as a salad topping or a homemade gift.

I am a sucker for candied nuts. As you know I am a salad lover through and through and the one thing that instantly levels up a salad? Candied nuts. This recipe comes together in no time at all and can be used in a variety of ways. Enjoy!

An overhead photo looking at a serving bowl containing candied walnuts.

Why You Need to Try This Recipe

  • This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes!
  • It’s a super simple recipe made with just 6 ingredients.
  • It’s a delicious snack, salad topping or homemade gift.
Ingredients measured out to make candied walnuts: salt, walnuts, coconut sugar, cinnamon, water, vanilla.

Ingredients Needed

  • raw walnut halves – we are using raw walnuts and toasting them before mixing with the seasonings for the best flavor.
  • coconut sugar – regular sugar works too. I don’t recommend substituting for a liquid sweetener.
  • water – to make a simple syrup to coat the nuts with.
  • ground cinnamon – the perfect spice pairing.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • salt – to bring all of the flavors together.
Collage of four photos showing how to make candied walnuts: a pot with melted coconut sugar mixture, adding walnuts in the pan, mixing the walnuts and candied mixture together, and then spreading the walnuts on a sheet pan.

How to Make Candied Walnuts

Start by toasting the walnuts. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake for 10 minutes or until the walnuts are fragrant and a bit darker in color. This process can go quickly so watch carefully to make sure they don’t burn! Remove from the oven to let cool.

While the walnuts are cooling, combine the coconut sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat while stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar dissolves, add the cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Stir to combine. Let the mixture bubble for about 1 minute and then add the walnuts to the sugar mixture. Stir quickly to make sure each nut is coated with the sugar mixture.

As soon as the walnuts are fully coated, spread the nuts on the lined baking sheet. Use a spatula or two forks to separate the walnuts from each other if you don’t want them to stick together in clumps. They cool and harden quickly so you’ll have to move fast!

Candied walnuts spread across a piece of parchment paper to cool.

How to Use Candied Walnuts

If you’re at a loss of how to use candied walnuts, have no fear, there are a ton of ways to use them!

  • Enjoy on their own – these are such a tasty snack on their own! Obviously they are coated with sugar so I try to just have a few as a treat.
  • As a salad topping – probably my favorite way to use these nuts is as a salad topping! They are delicious on just about any salad but I love them on my easy spinach salad, kale pomegranate salad, strawberry salad, or my fig salad with arugula.
  • Give as a gift – I love giving (and receiving) homemade gifts! Package these up in a cute jar with a gift tag and you have a simple housewarming or holiday gift.

How to Store Leftovers

Let walnuts cool completely at room temperature or in the fridge. The longer you let them cool, the crunchier they will be.

A serving bowl containing candied walnuts.

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Candied Walnuts

5 from 4 votes
These candied walnuts are sweetened with coconut sugar and made without egg whites! They're crunchy, addicting and come together in about 15 minutes. Perfect for snacking, as a salad topping or a homemade gift.
An overhead photo looking at a serving bowl containing candied walnuts.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw walnut halves
  • 1 cup coconut sugar, regular sugar works too
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spread walnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes until darker in color and fragrant. Make sure to watch towards the end so they don’t burn! Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
    Walnuts spread across a sheet pan.
  • While your walnuts are cooling combine coconut sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the sugar begins to melt (about 4-5 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  • When the sugar begins to dissolve add cinnamon, vanilla and salt and stir to combine.
    A saucepan containing coconut sugar and water.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved completely, let the mixture bubble for about 1 minute then add in the walnuts. Stir quickly to make sure each piece is coated with the sugar mixture.
    Toasted walnuts added to a sauce pan containing coconut sugar and water mixture.
  • As soon as the walnuts are fully coated, remove from heat and spread the nuts back onto the lined baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a spatula or two forks separate the walnuts from each other if you don’t want them to stick together. You’ll need to work quickly as the nuts will start to cool and harden.
    Candied walnuts spread across a piece of parchment paper to cool.
  • Let walnuts cool completely at room temperature or in the fridge. The longer you let them cool, the crunchier they will be.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons Calories: 131kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 3g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 27mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 9g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied walnuts

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    9 comments
    1. Lelo
      January 6, 2022 AT 9:59 pm

      5 stars
      I made these for myself because I like healthy-ish snacks and my boyfriend–who is strictly a candy guy–ate them all! I just made them again with half the amount of coconut sugar and they’re still delicious. We’re eating them by themselves, mixed with regular nuts, and on top of ice cream. Love this recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2022 AT 11:51 am

        Ah yay!! This makes me so happy to hear, Lelo. So pumped you both enjoyed these candied walnuts. Thanks so much for letting me know!!

    2. Jennifer
      December 26, 2021 AT 4:21 am

      5 stars
      So easy and festive!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2021 AT 5:52 pm

        Thanks, Jennifer!

    3. Stephanie
      December 24, 2021 AT 5:20 pm

      5 stars
      These were awesome! My family loves them! My new favorite treat!

    4. Aida Kee
      December 24, 2021 AT 10:41 am

      5 stars
      These were incredibly easy to make and full of flavor. I ate half of them in one sitting lol. #sendhelp I highly recommend making these. They are truly so delicious. Thank you Brittany for all your recipes. Happy Holidays.
      Aida

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2021 AT 5:59 pm

        Aw yay!! So happy to hear these walnuts were a success, Aida. Thanks so much for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Sue
      December 21, 2021 AT 8:45 am

      These came together so quickly. The flavor is incredible. Will be serving these on my charcuterie board this Christmas Eve.

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