Last updated on November 9th, 2019 at 10:08 pm
These fall spiced walnuts are toasted and covered with a light and crispy sugar coating full of fall spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg get you ready for the holidays!
Fall Spiced Walnuts
Fall Spiced Walnuts make a great snack and an even better holiday party hostess gift!
Fall is in the air and it feels great! “Not too hot, not too cold, you just need a light jacket.” I love that quote from the not-so-bright beauty pageant contestant on Miss Congeniality! I know that it is officially Fall but I’m furious that my local store has filled the front door of the store with those God-Forsaken Cinnamon Brooms!
I don’t like to inhale a cloud of cinnamon when I walk in the door and feel like I completed the stupid cinnamon challenge while I am trying to shop for bell peppers and lettuce! Also, they are right next to the Starbucks, so I have to wade around everyone getting their Trenta PSLs that don’t even contain pumpkin!
After this most recent trip to the store, I won’t be able to taste anything but cheap cinnamon for a week!Guess all my home-cooked meals will taste like a bad Thanksgiving dessert because I won’t be able to season properly. Okay, enough ranting…
Of all the aromas we can smell in fall; fireplaces, football concession-stand foods, pumpkin pie spice, mulled apple cider, my Ma’s spiced pecans were always my favorite. I decided to make her recipe but with walnuts! These cinnamon nutmeg candied walnuts encompass all that is fall and will even work well in the winter season too.
Just take me to the Fall Spiced Walnuts Recipe Already!
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How do you make coated nuts?
Making sugar coated walnuts or any type of nut for that matter is a fairly simple process.
Lots of recipes call for an egg white as a binder. Start by whisking the egg white with water until it’s frothy and combining the flavorings. Toss the nuts into the mixture and then bake.
The egg white helps the sugar and spices stick to the nuts instead of falling to the bottom of the container. I mean, we want coated nuts not nuts with sugar and spices at the bottom of the bag!
The egg white also helps the nuts to stick to each other creating clusters, and makes the coating super crispy. That’s the whole point, right? I use a similar method but no egg white. I think it works just fine and I don’t have to waste an egg!
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How can you tell is walnuts are bad?
The best way to tell is to smell them. Walnuts are full of healthy oils and oil can go bad or rancid. Walnuts should smell slightly nutty. If it smells harsh like a chemical, the oils have gone bad.
The best way to avoid this is to buy the freshest nuts and store them in the freezer until ready to use.
Can I freeze spiced nuts?
Yes, you can! If you want to make them ahead of time, they will last for 3 months in the freezer.
How long can you store candied nuts?
If stored in an air tight container, you can keep these spiced walnuts for up to 3 weeks at room temperature. I wouldn’t recommend storing them in the refrigerator as the temperature changes when removing them can cause condensation. Moisture is the enemy!
Uses for Fall Spiced Walnuts
- light snacking
- bringing to a party
- adding to a salad
- placing on a cheese board
- giving as gifts to foodie friends, teachers, and party hostesses.
They are easy to make and sure to please! My Ma used pecans but I am having a love affair with walnuts this week so they got to come to the dance instead. This candied walnut recipe works for just about any nut you choose but you might have to watch the cooking time for smaller sized nuts.
If you happen to go to your store and don’t see any of the cinnamon brooms or cinnamon pine cones, you can thank me:)
Are candied nuts gluten free?
Yes, this recipe is gluten free! If you use other sweeteners you can make this recipe Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 friendly.
List of Seasonal Nuts by Month
Nuts, like fruits, have a season so feel free to try this recipe out on other nuts that are in season!
- Almonds: August-November, available in most stores all year
- Cashews: November-June
- Chestnuts: September, available in most stores October-December
- Hazelnuts (filberts): October
- Macadamia: January-March
- Peanuts: July-August
- Pecans: October, available in most stores all year
- Pistachios: September – November, available in most stores all year
- Walnuts: October, available in most stores all year
Enjoy these Fall Spiced Walnuts as a great post-workout snack!
other fall snacks to try
Other tasty spiced nut recipes to try
- Gingersnap Candied Pecans
- Buttery Toasted Pecans
- Lemon Thyme Almonds
- Everything but the Bagel Almonds
- Zesty Lime Cashews
- Rosemary Spiced Pepitas
- Smoky Paprika Almonds
- Southwest Pumpkin Seeds
- Candied Pecans
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How to make fall spiced walnuts
- 2 lbs walnuts
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- Mix sugar with spices.
- Add enough water to make it messy (~1/2 cup).
- Add walnuts and mix enough to coat the nuts.
- Spread out on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 200F for 1 hour being sure to stir every 20 minutes.
- Take out and let cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for three months.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420 Total Fat: 37g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 32g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g
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