Are you looking for a crunchy, sweet, and savory snack that won't derail your keto diet? Look no further than these keto candied walnuts! Not only are they easy to make, but they are sure to satisfy your cravings. This sweet treat doesn't require much more than walnuts, egg whites, sweetener, and spices; in no time at all, you'll have sugar-free candied walnuts perfect for sharing or just keeping all for yourself.
Nothing quite compares to the crunchy, sweet, and salty taste of homemade candied walnuts.
Whether you make them for a stunning topping on a salad or use them as an impressive addition to a cheese plate, this delicious snack is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
This low-carb keto version is made using minimal ingredients and easy steps — so anyone can master it!
Even better — with just a few net carbs per serving these gluten-free and low carb candied walnuts are also suitable for your keto diet. So let's get started making this easy keto snack.
- Walnuts: Use shelled walnut halves to make this recipe. If you use walnut pieces, make sure that you keep a close eye on the cooking time so they don't burn.
- Egg: An egg white helps to create a crunchy coating.
- Sugar Substitute: Use your favorite sugar-free sugar substitute to keep these candied walnuts keto. I like the flavor a brown sugar substitute adds here, but you could use a white sugar substitute if you prefer. Maple syrup substitute could also be used.
- Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon adds flavor and warmth to this delicious snack. You can also add in ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Salt: A little bit of sea salt helps to draw out the natural sweetness in the ingredients in these keto friendly candied walnuts.
Step by Step Instructions
For the full recipe with measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Start by preheating your oven to 400°F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Separate your egg.
In a large bowl, combine the walnuts with the egg white. Pour in the sugar substitute, cinnamon, and salt and stir until everything is evenly distributed.
Transfer the nuts to the prepared baking tray and spread into an even layer. Roast for 6-8 minutes, until the nuts are just beginning to brown.
Remove the pan from the oven and let the nuts sit for 10 minutes so that the sugar can harden. Serve your candied keto walnuts at room temperature.
- Choose high-quality walnuts: Start with fresh, high-quality walnuts that are free from cracks or damage
- Get creative with seasonings: Try adding a dash of nutmeg, curry powder, ginger, or cocoa powder to give the candied walnuts a unique twist!
- Let them cool completely: Once the candied walnuts are finished, allow them to cool completely before serving. This will ensure this keto candied walnuts recipe gets nice and crispy.
Keto glazed walnuts are a fabulous addition to a variety of dishes. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy them:
- Sprinkle on top of a smoothie bowl or keto yogurt
- Use as a topping in a salad with balsamic vinaigrette
- Add to baked goods like keto pumpkin muffins or keto blueberry muffins.
- Enjoy as an afternoon snack
Are walnuts OK for keto?
Yes, walnuts are a great source of healthy fats and can be enjoyed on a keto diet. A ¼ cup of walnuts has 1.73 net carbs, which makes them a great option for low-carb snacks.
How should I store candied walnuts?
Store the walnuts in an airtight container at room temperature and they will stay fresh for up to a week.
For longer storage, you can keep them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You could also freeze candied walnuts in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Be sure to thaw completely before serving.
Can I use any type of sugar substitute?
You can use any sugar substitute of your choice in this recipe such as monk fruit or stevia. I used a golden monk fruit.
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- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Large bowl
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Keto Candied Walnuts
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar substitute
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the walnuts in a large bowl. Toss with the egg white. Sprinkle with the brown sugar substitute, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Arrange the walnuts in a single layer in the prepared pan.
- Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until the nuts are just starting to brown.
- Remove the pan from the oven, and allow the nuts to sit for 10 minutes in the pan, until the sugar hardens.
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