Candied nuts are a great addition to many recipes as well as for snacking. Sweet Spiced Nuts are a combination of pecans and cashews, with simple ingredients that bake into a crunchy treat in 15 minutes!
The only thing better than nuts is candied nuts! Did you know you can make them at home with a few simple ingredients and only 15 minutes cooking time?
Fall is a great time to make Sweet Spiced Nuts to add to many recipes, for delicious snacking and for homemade gifts. Their lightly sweet, lightly spicy, crunchy texture is irresistible!
What are Candied Nuts?
Sweet Spiced Nuts are a candied nut recipe that includes brown sugar, hot sauce, salt, pepper and some olive oil.
All the ingredients are mixed together and the nuts baked for 15 minutes with the sauce caramelizing during the baking.
When they are cooled, the nuts become crunchy with a light sweet, lightly spicy candied coating.
Egg-free Candied Nuts recipe
Many recipes for candied nuts include an egg, this recipe does not use egg.
How to use Sweet Spiced Nuts?
For years I would visit restaurants that featured candied nuts on salads and as I devoured them I’d marvel at how much more interesting they made a simple green salad. Even if I wouldn’t finish the salad I’d make sure there were no nuts left behind!
Sweet Spiced Nuts are great for:
- in oatmeal,
- on ice cream,
- in grain dishes, and
- are a fantastic holiday hostess gift (or gift for anyone really).
They can be chopped to add in place of regular nuts in cookies or other desserts.
They can be made so quickly if last minute entertaining plans pop up, you can make a fresh batch to add to a charcuterie platter. The options are truly unlimited.
How to store Sweet Spiced Nuts?
When the nuts have fully cooled, break them up and store, sealed, in an air tighter container for up to two weeks in a cool spot.
Since nuts have a high percentage of oil, if left in hot temperatures the oil can turn rancid.
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How to make Sweet Spiced Nuts:
Sweet Spiced Nuts
Easy spiced nuts are sweet, crunchy with some warming spices. Great as a snack, on salads and for gifts.
- 1 cup Pecan Halves raw and unsalted
- 1 cup Cashews unsalted
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Cholula Mexican Hot Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring to fully combine ingredients, coat the nuts and allow the sugar to dissolve. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes stirring one to two times during baking to coat the nuts. Allow to cool fully on pan. NOTE: nuts will be soft when taken out of the oven but will become crisp when cooled. Break nuts apart and store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to two weeks.