Spiced Candied Walnuts


Candied nuts provide such a great texture and the perfect balance of savory and sweet to any salad. These nuts go especially well in a salad that uses fruit. They also are quite delightful as a snack. Careful when you’re picking at them though, you may unintentionally eat them all before you have a chance to add them to a salad!

This recipe calls for walnuts that have been soaked overnight in order to make them easier on the digestive system. When you soak nuts, you break down the enzyme inhibitor that makes nuts hard on your gut. You can chose not to soak them, just be aware that they will take much less time in the oven.




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Spiced Candied Walnuts

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com


  • ½ cup raw walnuts (soak overnight in filtered water)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drain your soaked walnuts on a paper towel then set aside.
  3. Warm your honey over medium heat for about a minute, until it has liquified. You can also microwave it for 15 seconds.
  4. Stir in the walnuts, cayenne and sea salt. Mix to combine thoroughly.
  5. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake the nuts for 20 minutes, then remove and let cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for a week.
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  • http://www.glutenfreehappytummy.com Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    wow! those look so delightful! i love spiced nuts! and walnuts are so rich in calcium and omegas — a healthy and delicious treat! thanks for sharing! beautiful photos as always:)

  • http://fitformyfork.wordpress.com Sam @ Fit for My Fork

    I love all kinds of nuts! These look absolutely delicious!

  • Tracy

    Looks awesome. I’m guessing that Step 6 is actually Step 4?

    • Against All Grain

      Oops! Yes thank you for catching that :) It’s been fixed!

  • Savannah

    I made these, but I wish I had kept an eye on them, because I just set the timer to 20min at 350 and waited, but after 17 min they were in fire. Whoops. I don’t know what went wrong, but I’m going to try again at a lower temp.

  • Hannah

    I usually made mine by whisking an egg white, vanilla and water, mixing the nuts in, then adding cinnamon and sugar, bake at 250 for an hour. Could I add in honey instead of sugar? (to make it Paleo) I like mine to be crispy.