Sweet and Spicy Walnuts

Published on: 11/20/2020

Roasted walnuts, anyone?

Flavored walnuts are so tasty tossed into salads, yogurt, oatmeal or alone as a simple snack.  I love using walnuts because they are loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fats, as well as protein, fiber, magnesium and potassium.  You can’t go wrong with walnuts!

Keep in mind that the calories can add up fast with about 185 calories per 1 ounce serving (14 walnut halves).

Walnuts are a blank canvas as they take on the flavor of any seasoning – sweet or savory, spicy or tangy.  It’s magical! These are super simple to make on the stovetop, too.  Simply toss in the ingredients, stir to heat up and cool on a cookie sheet prior to using.  You can give these walnuts as gifts, too.  Put these seasoned walnuts in mason jars and pass along to your family and friends.

In a snap you can have sweet and spicy walnuts (or your favorite nut), to savor all year long.  Take a look at the simple recipe below!

Sweet and Spicy Walnuts

Serves 4 (1/4 cup each)


2 cups raw walnut halves

2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup

2 egg whites or 4 Tablespoons aquafaba*

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne or hot paprika

*Aquafaba is used as a substitute for egg whites. It is the liquid from cooked chickpeas.  You can use canned chickpeas, drain the liquid into a container, cover it, and store it in the refrigerator.


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Place walnuts into a large bowl.  Add syrup and egg whites or aquafaba to coat walnuts.  Sprinkle in salt, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne.  Stir to coat walnuts well with spices.

Put walnuts on a parchment or Silpat-lined sheet pan. Cool for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before storing in a sealed container.  Store them in the refrigerator or a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks.

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