Stovetop Brown Sugar Candied Nuts

Stovetop Brown Sugar Candied Nuts

These caramelized, candied nuts (walnuts & pecans) are an awesomely delicious treat.

Toss them with salads, over popcorn, with ice cream, with a bowl of oatmeal or straight into your mouth.

Their so sweet, crunchy and deliciously yummy.

This stovetop method for making candied nuts is so easy, as everything goes into the pan at once. Everything is done in about 10 minutes.

The stovetop method is quick, but can easily burn the nuts if you’re not careful.

Use a cast iron skillet or another heavy-bottomed pan that heats up slowly and evenly.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to pre-toast the nuts before candying them in a skillet on the stovetop?

No. Making candied nuts in a skillet on the stovetop toasts the nuts at the same time you are candying them.

2. Do nuts need to be activated or soaked before eating them?

No, you don’t need to activate or soak nuts before eating them.

Some people suggest that activating or soaking nuts breaks down some of the proteins, starches, oils and other nutrients, like phytates, making them more digestible.

But scientific research has found no evidence that activating nuts makes the nutrients in nuts any better absorbed by the body.

It has shown though, that the minerals iron, calcium and zinc, are leached out of the nuts during the soaking process.

Stovetop Candied Walnuts & Pecans

2 cup walnut and pecan halves

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter, unsalted

Melt butter in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Looking over a Large skillet with melted butter

When butter is melted add nuts and stir to coat with butter.

Looking over skillet with butter coated nuts

Next add brown sugar and stir until well coated, about 2 – 3 minutes.

Looking over skillet with brown sugar and nuts

Remove from heat and spread candied nuts on a piece of parchment paper to cool for at least 10 minutes.

Roasted nuts spread over parchment paper

Store nuts in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Nuts can be refrigerated for up to four months and frozen for up to six months.

Bring them back to room temperature before eating to enhance their nutty flavor.

Stovetop Brown Sugar Candied Nuts

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Honey Roasted Nuts

Honey Roasted Nuts

A part from being a mouthwatering snack, honey roasted nuts have nutritional benefits as well.

Nuts have protein, fiber, antioxidants and mono-saturated fat. It’s the fat that protects you from chronic heart disease. Some studies have reported that consuming one ounce of nuts daily reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

To receive the value of 6 grams of protein in Almonds you need to eat one ounce (about 24 nuts). There is also the benefits of vitamin E and the trace mineral magnesium.

To get 4 grams of protein from Cashews it is also one ounce (about 18 nuts) along with these trace minerals: selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

Twenty halves of pecans will give you 3 grams of protein along with vitamin B-1 for energy and the trace mineral zinc.

Now let’s get to roasting!!

Here is what you will need:

ingredients for Honey Roasted Nuts

In a medium bowl pour in three cups of mixed nuts, almonds, cashews and pecans. Pour 1/4 cup of honey over the nuts. Cut up 3 tablespoons of butter into small chunks
and disperse over nuts. Add 3 teaspoons of orange zest and sprinkle in the 1/2 teaspoon mixed cinnamon and nutmeg. To make it a better choice snack for the health of your heart replace the butter with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (read our article about: Adding a Little Zest).

mixing all ingredients together for roasting

Next place bowl into microwave for 4 to 7 minutes. The time will depend on your microwave. I was able to roast the nuts in 4 minutes. Half way through the roasting stir
the mixture up. Place back into the microwave and continue to roast. While you are waiting place a sheet of parchment paper onto a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.

preparing  finished roasted nuts for cooling

When nuts have finished roasting, remove the bowl and pour nuts out over parchment paper. Allow the nuts to cool for about 20 to 30 minutes.

adding sugar, dried cranberries and dried coconut
Next, with clean hands break up cooled roasted nuts and place into a large bowl. After you have broken apart the roasted nuts add about 1/4 cup or less of sugar (optional). The amount of sugar is to your liking. Mix up the nuts to coat them with the sugar. The amount of dried cranberries and shredded coconut is also to your liking. I added two handfuls of cranberries and two handfuls of coconut. Now mix in these additions until well incorporated.

Take your Honey Roasted Nuts and place them into a jar or container with a tight fitted lid. Enjoy!!

Honey Roasted Nuts packed into a Jar

You can have Honey Roasted Nuts with your next party or dinner gathering along with these other favorites Party Favorites .

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