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5 from 7 votes

Candied Walnuts

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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied walnuts
Servings: 24


  • 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


  • 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.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g