Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Toasted Walnuts (2 Ways)

Toasted walnuts add the perfect amount of flavor and crunch to any recipe. Try maple candied walnuts with yogurt or as a topping for salad!

Toasted Walnuts

If you love a good walnut, then this recipe is for you! The natural flavor of the nut shines while the sticky coating adds just the right amount of sweetness.

As the maple candied walnuts cool, they become extra crunchy — perfect for snacking! It will be hard to leave them sitting on the sheet pan, but the wait is worth every second.

Sprinkle some over a spinach strawberry salad or homemade ice cream for a pop of sweetness and crunch.

Or, make a simple trail mix with dried cranberries or raisins and your favorite chocolate chips!

Toasted Walnuts (2 Ways) in a bowl

Air Frying Nuts

This is certainly the fastest method, though it will probably require a bit more clean up in the end.
  • Combine everything together. In a large bowl, toss the nuts with olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt until well coated.
  • Transfer to the basket. Spread the nuts into a single layer so they toast on all sides.
  • Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. It helps to preheat the air fryer to 320°F first, and be sure to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time. It’s VERY important not to overcook them, or the sugar will burn and the toasted walnuts will taste bitter.
  • Allow to cool completely. Once they appear golden and no longer sticky, scoop them onto a baking sheet to cool.
maple candied walnuts ingredients

Toasting Walnuts In Oven

The process is similar to air frying, except you will transfer them straight to a baking sheet once coated.
  • Line your baking sheet. Parchment paper or foil makes clean up a breeze!
  • Spread nuts into a single layer. That extra space will ensure that they toast evenly.
  • Bake until golden. It will take about 8 to 10 minutes at 350°F. Check frequently once you hit the 5-minute mark. These can go from perfect to burnt in under a minute!
  • Don’t forget to cool! Once they are done, transfer the nuts to a new sheet pan or large plate. Don’t worry if they seem soft — they will continue to crisp as they cool
Note: Different brands and sizes of air fryers may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.

Toasted Walnuts tossed in spices

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Mixing Bowl - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Silicone Spatula - Use this for stirring everything together and for transferring to and from the sheet pan or fryer basket.
  • Air Fryer or Baking Sheets, depending on which method you will be using
maple candied walnuts in air fryer

Toasted Walnuts FAQ

Can I use this recipe for regular toasted walnuts?

Yes! You can toast them plain without any kind of coating, or use just oil if you want to try different spices. It would even work with different varieties of nut!

Does toasting walnuts make them softer?

It does make them a bit softer and especially mellows out the harsh flavor that’s present when they are raw. Once cooled back to room temperature, the texture becomes crisp again.

How long do maple candied walnuts last?

These will keep for about 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If you want to toss them into the freezer, they should be good for up to 1 month!

Toasted Walnuts (2 Ways) with yogurt and fruit


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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer roasted walnuts

Air Fryer roasted walnuts

Toasted walnuts add the perfect amount of flavor and crunch to any recipe. Try maple candied walnuts with yogurt or as a topping for salad!
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 10 MinInactive time: 30 HourTotal time: 30 H & 12 M


  • 2 cups shelled walnuts
  • 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (I like using light tasting olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat air fryer to 320 degrees F for 3 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combined all ingredients. Mix until all walnuts are all coated.
  3. Transfer all the coated nuts into the basket of the air fryer.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes on manual
  5. Shake the basket.
  6. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Until they are golden and look sticky. Don’t overcook as the sugar will catch and will taste burnt.

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Originally published March 2022

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