Maple Toasted Walnuts are easy to make, and taste delicious! Tossed with a glaze of maple syrup and spices, these sweet and spicy walnuts are roasted until perfection and make a great appetizer, snack, or gift.
Hi Friends! Here’s a quick one for you today. Maple spiced toasted walnuts are the perfect sweet and spicy treat to get you into the holiday spirit. And, now that we’re full-on into Christmas mode, they make a great gift, too. Plus, these nuts are D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!
- Walnuts. Roasting the walnuts brings out a ton of flavor. You can also sub out walnuts for a different type of nut of your choice - almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, or pecans are all great choices.
- Oil. The oil helps the seasoning stick to the nuts and can also change the flavor slightly of roasted nuts. I use a neutral oil, like vegetable oil here. Grapeseed or avocado oil would also be acceptable.
- Maple Syrup. This is the ingredient that gives these nuts a slightly sweet flavor. You could also sub in honey if you don't have maple syrup on hand.
- Spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg add a touch of warming fall flavors to these nuts and the cayenne pepper brings just a bit of heat.
How To Make These Toasted Walnuts
These maple-toasted walnuts could not be simpler.
- First, grab a large bag of walnuts, some maple syrup, a tablespoon of neutral-flavored oil, and some spices. Cinnamon and cayenne are key to making these both a bit sweet and spicy but you could omit the cayenne if you don’t like the heat.
- Next, toss everything to coat. Then, throw the walnuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast them for about 20 minutes total. Be sure to stir them about halfway through so they don’t burn on the bottom. The nuts should be a soft golden brown when they’re ready.
- Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before eating. The maple syrup mixture will still be a bit sticky when you take them from the oven but it will harden as the walnuts cool.
How To Use These Maple Toasted Walnuts
These nuts smell great while they’re cooking, and can be used in all sorts of recipes throughout the holidays.
- Added to the top of a sweet potato casserole
- Piled onto a fall salad
- Mixed into a sweet bread batter
- As a topping for pancakes or waffles
- Added to cookies
- Thrown on top of a scoop of ice cream.
These toasted walnuts are great eaten on their own. They're also a perfect appetizer or compliment to a cheese board at your holiday party. And, they make awesome DIY holiday gifts! Just throw them in a jar, wrap a ribbon around it and you have a lovely gift for friends and neighbors.
How To Store Them
Toasted walnuts should be stored in an airtight container in either the refrigerator or freezer and can be kept for up to a year. Don't keep these in the pantry - they won't last!
Give these Maple Toasted Walnuts a try! And tag me on Instagram if you do!
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- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 325.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to coat walnuts completely.
- Spread the walnuts evenly on your baking sheet, making sure to not overlap the nuts.
- Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven briefly to stir, then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving, or storing in an airtight container.