These Fall Spiced Qalnuts are toasted and coated with a LIGHT & CRISPY sugar coating full of WARM FALL SPICES spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg!
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FALL SPICED WALNUTS
Fall is in the air and it feels great! “Not too hot, not too cold, you just need a light jacket.”
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 to switch things up a bit. But really you can make this recipe with just about any type of nut you like.
These cinnamon nutmeg spiced walnuts encompass all that is fall and will even work well in the winter season too.
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This spiced walnuts recipe only needs a few simple ingredients that will have you drooling while you are prepping!
INGREDIENTS FOR TOASTED WALNUTS
- walnuts (raw)
Walnuts – Buy raw walnuts in bulk to save money. You can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months!
Spices – The essential spices of fall include cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Making sugar coated walnuts or any type of nut for that matter is a fairly simple process.
HOW TO MAKE FALL SPICED WALNUTS
STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 200F. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Toss to coat evenly.
STEP TWO: Add water to moisten the mixture. Pour over the walnuts and stir to evenly coat.
STEP THREE: Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper into a single layer. Toast the walnuts in the oven at 200F for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown.
STEP FOUR: When done, remove the toasted nuts from the oven and cool completely. Store at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF 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 WALNUTS?
Yes, you can! If you want to make them ahead of time, they will last for 3 months in the freezer.
HOW LONG CAN I 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 ROASTED WALNUTS
- light snacking
- bringing to a party
- adding to a salad
- placing on a cheese board
- topping ice cream, pies, and cakes.
- 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 right now.
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.
ARE FALL SPICED 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.
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
Fall Spiced Sugared Walnuts make a great snack and even better holiday gifts! I can’t stop eating them.
OTHER FALL SNACKS TO ENJOY
TAPAS TIPS & TRICKS
- Buy nuts in bulk to save money and store in the freezer until ready to use.
- I use granulated sugar for this recipe but you can substitute light brown sugar. If you use dark brown sugar, you will need to adjust the cooking time.
- Try this recipe with any of your other favorite nuts. Just know that with changes in the size of the nuts, you will need to adjust your cooking time.
- If you want to balance out the sweetness a bit, add a pinch of kosher salt.
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OTHER SPICED NUTS
- Gingersnap Candied Pecans
- Buttery Toasted Pecans
- Lemon Thyme Almonds
- Everything but the Bagel Almonds
- Zesty Lime Cashews
- Smoky Paprika Almonds
HOW TO MAKE TOASTED 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: 420Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 9g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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