These easy stovetop sugar free candied nuts are your 5-minute holiday recipe! Loaded with cinnamon and with the best crispy, crunchy texture, these addictive keto candied nuts are completely paleo, vegan and gluten-free!
Easy Keto Candied Nuts
A reader asked me a while back my thoughts on artificial sweeteners and whether I ever consumed them.
I know some people are team splenda/Aspartame whereas others are the complete opposite- team honey, maple syrup and agave. Then there are some who are in the middle- They use the natural liquid sweeteners, white or brown sugar and on occasion, use the artificial ones. I am part of that team.
I’m not about to get into some big discussion about how splenda gives you cancer, how stevia is like nail polish or how white sugar is made by the devil. A simple google search will provide you with all those details.
Out of interest, I took into consideration my daily consumption-
ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL SWEETENERS
- Artificial sweeteners- Sucralose in my protein powder, protein enriched snacks (quest bars or sometimes even these protein bars) and Diet soft drinks on occasion.
- ‘Natural’ Artificial sweeteners– Monk fruit sweetener, liquid stevia, and monk fruit sweetened maple syrup.
- White Sugar- 1 packet in my coffee.
- Natural sweeteners- Coconut palm sugar and sucanat.
- Liquid sweeteners- Maple syrup, agave nectar, brown rice syrup and sometimes honey.
As you can see, I use a variety of sweeteners very consistently. Whether it be in my recipes or day-to-day eats, they are present.
I’ve always been intrigued with whether or not a ‘Natural’ sweetener like granulated stevia or an erythritol blend would work in caramelizing nuts. After my American trip and getting my fix of Nuts for Nuts, I wanted to make my own. I initially wanted to do it the way I made my spicy honey roasted peanuts but thought to try it out the way I caramelize vegetables, onions or apple- on the stove top.
STEVIA CANDIED NUTS
You guys, these keto candied nuts are EVERYTHING, and I only say that because I couldn’t stop at one…and had to make a double batch.
They are crispy, crunchy, sweet, slightly salty and with a hint of cinnamon.
The sweetener crystallized perfectly and formed delicious clusters- something I was fearful wouldn’t happen. These take less than 10 minutes to whip up and smell incredible- you can even change up the nuts to suit your taste/needs/fancy pants.
For those of you who enjoy giving edible gifts over the holidays, these healthy candied nuts are perfect! They last for up to 2 months in a sealed container and are also freezer friendly.
- Heat a large frying pan or deep pot on medium heat. When hot, add the sweetener. sea salt, cinnamon and water and mix until fully combined. Allow to heat up, stirring occasionally.
- When the sweetener has completely melted, add the nuts and mix until fully incorporated. Watch over the pan and continue stirring often until most of the sugar has been coated and beginning to crystallise.
- Remove pan from the heat and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir the nuts once more to avoid overly large clusters and set on a plate or chopping board to cool completely.
What are your preferred sweeteners?
Do you use artificial sweeteners?
Have you ever used artificial sweeteners in baked goods/cooking?