Sugarless “Candied” Nuts

I thought I should post this recipe, since I used these in my latest recipe “Spectacular Dark Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting” that I most recently posted… I made this original recipe using peanuts, but if you are a strict paleo dieter or just have allergies to peanuts, you can use other nuts if you wish. I’ve also made this using almonds and cashews, and they turned out just as delicious! I like having a jar of these in my cupboard to have on hand… these are a super tasty sweet and salty snack, and they also are the perfect addition to use in protein bars or fudge, cakes and cookies,  homemade ice-cream, the choice is yours! Plus, they’re free from refined sugar, so if you have issues with using sugar like I do, you’ll appreciate this treat even more!

Sugarless “Candied” Nuts

Dietary Info: GF/DF/SF/V and Vegan! (*see notes at end of post for dietary codes)

Makes 1 cup (140g)

Serves 6 (24g)


  • 1 c. (130g) unsalted raw peanuts
  • 1/4 c. (40g) coconut palm sugar *see notes
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 300 (150C).
  2. Mix nuts, coconut sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar begins to melt and sauce starts to thicken and boil. Add salt, and continue stirring until there is almost no sauce left on the pan (all nuts should be covered and sauce should have a sticky texture).
  4. Line a cookie sheet with baking paper (trust me, you’ll want to use the baking paper – it will make your life much easier!) and pop into preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring at halfway point.
  5. Reduce oven heat to 150 (65C), turn oven fan on, stir and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until nuts are completely dried to touch.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool completely before transferring to a storage jar.
  7. Enjoy!


coconutsugarI use Navita’s Natural’s organic coconut palm sugar in this recipe. Coconut sugar is a power food and a healthy alternative to sugar, agave or even honey. Organic evaporated coconut sugar is especially high in minerals including potassium, magnesium and zinc, as well as vitamins B2, B3 and B6. If you click on this link, you can see where I purchase mine, and also receive up to $10 off your first order too!



Nutrition information per 24g serving: Calories 150, Fat 10g, Carb 11g, Protein 5g

Special Dietary Needs:

Gluten Free/Grain Free = GF
Dairy Free = DF
Sugar Free = SF
Paleo Approved = PA
Vegetarian = V
Low Carb = LC

The above codes for specific dietary requirements will be found under each recipe title

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