Sweet and Smoky Candied Nuts

Sweet and Smoky Candied Nuts

  • Servings: 1 qt
  • Difficulty: easy
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These are so addictive that I was told to stop bringing them into the office at a previous job.  My co-workers were gaining weight!  (It’s not my fault they couldn’t stop eating them.)

Many years ago I decided, for health reasons, to stop eating, or making, anything with processed white sugar or high-fructose corn sugar/syrup. Once I made that decision I would often look at the ingredient list on products and was surprised at how much of the processed foods contain both; my favorite snacks included.

I began trying to find recipes for candied nuts that didn’t use either but couldn’t find any so I decided to make my own using organic raw cane sugar and organic brown sugar.



  • 1/3 lb each of raw pecans, walnuts, and cashews
  • 1/2 cup organic raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
    • Sometimes I add a pinch of cayenne, chipotle or ancho chili powder to really spice things up.
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp water



  • Preheat oven to 200° F; place one rack on the middle level.
  • Place the egg whites from one egg into a medium to large stainless steel mixing bowl, add 1 tsp of water, whisk until frothy (see photo below).
  • In a separate bowl place the sugars, cinnamon, smoked paprika, and salt; mix well; set aside.


  • Place all the nuts into the bowl with the frothy egg whites, mix to get all the nuts coated with the egg whites.
  • Pour the sugar and spice mixture into the bowl of egg white coated nuts; mix well to get all the nuts covered evenly with the sugar/spice mix.
  • Pour onto a baking tray and place on the middle rack in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Your sweet and smoky candied nuts are ready!  You better hide them!
  • Consume immediately.  If you have any left, store them at room temperature in an airtight container, preferably well hidden.

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Sweet and Smoky Candied Nuts



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