Easy candied nuts naturally sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Simple to make and delicious for snacking, salads, topping sweet potatoes, gift-giving, etc. (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.)
Our family goes wild for these candied nuts. They are a bit "healthier" (and I think tastier) than traditional candied nuts by replacing the typical refined sugar with naturally sweetened maple syrup goodness.
Plus there is a wonderful hint of cinnamon and vanilla that sends it over the top.
Ingredients for Maple Candied Nuts
For this recipe, you will need 5 simple ingredients:
- Walnuts or pecans (or a blend of both)
- Pure maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon (I use Ceylon)
Ways to Use
These sweet, tender, delicious nuts are great in a variety of ways:
- For snacking
- Sprinkled on salads (like this Berry Crunch Salad)
- Topping baked sweet potatoes
- On this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- For gift giving
- As a side dish or snack for holiday parties
Maple-Vanilla Candied Nuts
- 2 cups walnuts* (or pecans or both)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (or more if desired)
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small non-stick sauté pan over medium heat.
- Stir well with a spatula to thoroughly coat/combine.
- Bring to a light simmer (soft bubbles not vigorously bubbling) stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to medium-low (to prevent burning). The mixture will be thin/liquidy at first, and then becomes very thick/sticky after a few minutes. Continue lightly simmering until the maple syrup has crystallized, about 20 minutes total, stirring often. (If the nuts are sticky, then keep going. Low and slow is the key.)
- When nuts are crystallized (see photos for texture reference), pour the candied nuts out onto a flat surface. (I place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.) Gently spread them out with a spatula and let cool.
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
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