Here are two ways to make candied nuts: One in a skillet or frying pan, and the other in the oven. These recipes work for any kind of nut. I like using softer nuts, mostly walnuts or pecans.
The skillet version is faster, so I generally use this method. Make sure the skillet is well seasoned or oiled to make it easier to scoop up the candied nuts. The oven method also adds some spices to the nuts but you can add your own.
You can use honey or granulated sugar for each of the recipes. If you want to make this low carb, use a low carb syrup or granulated low carb sweetener.
Homemade Candied Nuts
- 1 cup nuts pecans and walnuts work well
- 2 tablespoons honey or granulated sugar such as coconut sugar
- Place the nuts and honey in a skillet and turn the heat to medium.
- Stir as the honey gets sticky to make sure the nuts are somewhat evenly coated.
- After a few minutes, turn the heat off and let the nuts cool for a minute or so.
Candied & Spiced Nuts
- 1 cup nuts pecan and walnuts work well
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmet
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup or granulated sweetener
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Mix all the ingredients together until well-coated.
- Place nuts on a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper, and bake for about 15 minutes or until the nuts start to brown a bit.
- Cool for a few minutes.
I have to hide these from myself. I tend to eat until they are gone. I also like to make these with a dash of cayenne instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg. It makes for a more savoury treat. Also good tossed in a salad.
great change up! 🙂
Alt Food Guy
I used Almonds with the shells on, using honey and with out nutmeg and they where so tasty! This might become a main stay snack for me!
Curious on how long these nuts can be stored? If given as a gift and heat sealed in a bag?
I’m not sure of the scientific answer to this, and it probably depends on the age of the nuts to begin with, but I keep sealed nuts for up to 6 months. Hope that helps!
Amazingly simple yet so delicious!! I made these in the oven with maple syrup. I want to try to make some spicy next time, or changing up the spices (like more cinnamon, or a sweet and salty version). I’m very happy I saw this!!
Great recipe, can these be frozen or kept in the refrigerator so they stay fresh.
I will be making these for Christmas gifts, and of course to enjoy at home! We love candied walnuts and pecans.
Thanks a million! So hard to find recipe like these to use without thermometer.
K N Books
I’ve published Elaine’s book Breaking the Vicious Cycle in Portuguese language and have started a page on facebook about the SCD with hints and recipes for SCD followers in Brazil and Portugal. Brazilians love candied nuts and today I published this recipe in my facebook page (with a few changes). I hope that you don’t mind. Tomorrow I’d like to publish something about your blog (again, I hope that you don’t mind!).
I think that your recipes are great and inspiring. If you want to look at the facebook page, the link is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DICE-Dieta-do-Carboidrato-Espec%C3%ADfico/276554622470113
Thanks! Where is your website?
Hi Erica! I made these nuts tonight after the leftover pad Thai. What a treat! I did the honey way because I am on scd. I then I just found a new favorite recipe website! Thank you Erica!
Ps I was thinking to incorporate these awesome candied nuts with apples somehow? What do you think? We’re eating an apple tonight and mixed our bites with the nuts and yummy! I need a recipe though bc I’m not creative like that.
I made a whole pound of these from local pecans and brought them to work … people LOVED them. I used real Vermont maple syrup. Don’t bother with “pancake syrup” it won’t work. Honey would be my second choice. Try them, you won’t regret it!
I prefer maple syrup also. Honey does work well. I use honey in a variation on this recipe to make granola :).
Thanks for the recipe!..made with 2T Raw Wildflower Honey & 1 T of maple syrup so I could get both flavors…they turned out GREAT!!!…Giving out homeade xmas gifts this year and this will be one of them 🙂
good to hear! They do make great gifts!
I made a pumpkin seed/walnut mix version with maple syrup. I started out in a pan and had melted some butter with it, and decided to put it in the oven. I added some nutmeg, so basically it’s nuts, maple syrup, nutmeg and butter. They are so good!
Katie @ Healthnut Foodie
I just stumbled across your website while doing research for a candied walnut recipe. Our thoughts on food are very similar and your site is absolutely beautiful!
Katie – beautiful story – and family! So glad you stopped by 🙂
I just made these nuts using the honey recipe and they are SO delicious! These are going to be a staple in my house. I used pecans this time but I’m thinking walnuts are up next. Thanks for the recipe!
Soy free earth balance butter, and amber agave, with a few splashes of organic pure vanilla,then i am so into those nuts! bravo!