5-Minute Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts {Gluten Free}

FRIDAY!!! It’s here! I don’t know if I would say that Friday is my favorite day of the week but there is some sort of feeling of relief on Fridays. All the weight and stress of the week kind of falls away knowing that the weekend is here. Now if you are New Year’s resolution diet person…don’t freak out! I am not trying to sabotage your diet plans with this¬†sweet treat.

Balance is the key to basically everything so when you’re trying to eat extra healthy depriving yourself from any little treats just doesn’t work. I don’t know about you but anytime I have tried to go too extreme with eating healthy I end up craving more junk than ever! (Insert Cheetos, Culver’s burgers, or Talenti Gelato here!) My Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts are super quick and easy to make and are a perfect little treat to curb a sweet tooth or to add to a salad.

5 Minute Candied Walnuts

To make these you just add all of the ingredients to a skillet and stir for 5 minutes. Let the walnuts cool on a sheet of parchment paper and they are ready!

5 Minute Candied Walnuts

Now I am sure I don’t have to tell you how delicious candied walnuts are on their own, but don’t eat them all until you try them on a salad!

5 Minute Candied Walnuts

One of my favorites for winter is a big bowl of baby spinach leaves, sliced oranges, and dried cranberries. Season with a little salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil for dressing. Top with these sweet, salty, and crunchy walnuts for a little bit of healthy fat. You could also add some grilled chicken.

5 Minute Candied Walnuts

I hope you have a wonderful weekend no matter what that means to you! Relaxing. Productive. Full of excitement. Enjoy!



5-Minute Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts
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Serves: 1 cup
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup raw walnut halves
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium.
  2. Add butter, brown sugar, and walnuts to the pan.
  3. Stir continuously. The butter and brown sugar will melt together and start to coat the walnuts.
  4. Continue to stir constantly for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pour the walnuts onto a sheet of parchment paper.
  6. If you want to add more salt, add while the sugar is still warm.
  7. Let cool completely until sugar is hardened.
Use the walnuts to top salads or on their own as a snack.


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