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Under 30 Minutes

Spiced Walnuts

Cayenne pepper gives these slightly sweet walnuts a piquant kick. If you have a large pan, you can easily double this recipe. Per serving: 195 calories; 4 g protein; 18 g fat; 9 g carb; 2 g fiber

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  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups
Spiced Walnuts

Source: Body+Soul, October 2006


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat honey, oil, and 1 tablespoon water over medium heat. Add walnuts; toss to coat.

  2. Sprinkle the sugar, salt, cumin, coriander, and cayenne over the nuts. Cook, tossing and stirring until the nuts are well coated and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet to cool completely.


Reviews (12)

  • Diane220 12 Dec, 2011

    I didn't care for this flavor combination at all, and neither did my husband. I like the sweet/spicy aspect, just not with these particular spices. I may experiment with other spices to find one that compliments but doesn't overpower the walnut flavor. And it may be our humid Florida climate, but they came out very sticky and I had to toast them in the oven to dry them out. My husband suggested we may be able to use them chopped up on a salad.

  • enarozny 12 Apr, 2011

    These are so yummy!

  • amcanoe 22 May, 2010

    agreed; positively delicious! now they are requested of me for family parties.

  • sarahkate07 6 Jan, 2010

    I absolutely ADORE this recipe, we made it over Christmas for the first time, SO yummy.

  • LaurieBC 28 Sep, 2009

    i would like to see the recipe too...

  • PLette 27 Sep, 2009

    Where is the recipe. Only the prep time is listed not the recipe.

  • ulihelisdi 14 Sep, 2009

    Where's the recipe!

  • zeldasmom 29 May, 2009

    I'd like a tip for packing these in a jar so they don't stick together. They'd make great gifts. These are delicious!

  • MombyChoice 14 Mar, 2009

    I make this recipe during the holiday and mix the equivilant of 2 cups of nuts using a mixture of walnuts, cashews, pecans and almonds - sometimes I add dried cranberries or cherries. It makes a great alternative to all the holiday sweets!

  • anniek922 12 Mar, 2009

    tremendous hit. easy to eat, satisfying, and nice balance between, sweet/salty

  • ivahays 2 Nov, 2008

    For those with alergies to the walnuts, what about the use of pecans and how would they fair in comparrison?

  • dovecanyon 21 Jul, 2008

    Walnuts are my favorite snack, and this recipe makes them even better! I cannot believe the flavor-explosion in my mouth when eating these. Whoever came up with this recipe is a genius.

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