Spiced Candied Nuts

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The holidays are very much upon us (yah!), and with our proper food mindset in place, we can enjoy some treats. One of my favorites is adding spiced candied nuts to salads, casseroles, and to desserts.

the star : almonds

They are semi-healthy (nuts are chock full of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals), taste like the holidays (hello cinnamon!), and add a touch of sweetness to anything. Plus I LOVE crunchy things in my salads!

Because of the sugar (and butter if using butter) these are not any every-day food, but an occasional addition to awesome bowls and plates of food. :)

And by the way, this is THE easiest recipe to date. You can switch any nuts out for the almonds I used.

sugar + nuts....sounds good to me!

Spiced Candied Nuts


  • 1 lb almond (half chopped, slivered, or whole)
  • 1/3 cup sugar + more to taste (if needed)
  • 2 Tb cinnamon + 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tb vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tb butter


  • Heat a pan over medium heat (NOT too hot!)
  • Put the butter in + the almonds
  • Cover the almonds with the sugar, spices, salt
  • Let cook for about 10 minutes until bubbly, sticky. Stirring often (watch it like a hawk!)
  • Do NOT cook to burning, but a little before <– must watch carefully!
  • Take pan off of hot burner
  • Let sit until all the way cooled
  • Serve atop salads, casseroles, pies, ice cream, or soups.
  • Store in an airtight container.

sticky, sweet almonds!

Pretty easy, but you do need to watch the stove. This is NO time for multi-tasking, people 😉

And yes, this is a sugary food, but because we’re so focused on our fitness goals this month we won’t even have a chance to become addicted to it. heh 😉

Have a lovely day! I am off to design another sweaty workout for ya!

When was the last time YOU had candied nuts?? Any recipe YOU have to share for holiday treats?? <–link ’em up!

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  1. that recipe does look super easy and tasty!! i’m on a peppermint bark kick… i am going to make it for holiday gifts this year to give out with a recipe card attached… i found it on julie’s blog at http://www.pbfingers.com/2011/12/04/peppermint-bark/ it’s really easy, SO good, and pretty festive! :) :)

  2. I love candied nuts on top of salads!

  3. oh boy, i LOVE candied nuts. this is one food i lack self control with sometimes. 😉 i just had a couple candied nuts this past weekend at the mall. a little booth was selling candied nuts and giving out samples, so of course, i had to try ’em out!

  4. I’ve never made candied nuts, but I’ve made roasted pumpkin spice nuts! Just used a little maple syrup mixed with spices, coated the almonds, and then roasted them in the oven! They were so good!

  5. This is one of my favorite thing to eat!
    I use brown sugar for mine :)

  6. Mmm candied nuts are so so good! I like to put them over oatmeal and salads :)




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