Easy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

4.96 from 47 votes

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! 

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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. 

Easy healthy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts made with NO sugar and completely keto, paleo, vegan and gluten-free- The perfect Christmas gift or holiday treat- Crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty candied nuts with a hint of cinnamon!

Out of interest, I took into consideration my daily consumption-


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. 


After experimenting with healthy sugar free candied pecans and healthy sugar-free candied almonds, it was time to go full throttle and give ALL the nuts a try. 

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.

Easy healthy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts made with NO sugar and completely keto, paleo, vegan and gluten-free- The perfect Christmas gift or holiday treat- Crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty candied nuts with a hint of cinnamon!

Easy healthy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts made with NO sugar and completely keto, paleo, vegan and gluten-free- The perfect Christmas gift or holiday treat- Crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty candied nuts with a hint of cinnamon!

Easy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

Easy stovetop sugar free candied nuts made with NO sugar and perfect for holidays or snacking! Naturally paleo, vegan, keto, gluten-free and dairy-free! Low carb! 
4.96 from 47 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Holidays
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Arman



  • 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.


For more cluster-sized portions, allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Easy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts (Keto, Paleo, Vegan) can keep in a sealed container, for up to 2 months. They are also freezer friendly. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.3mg | NET CARBS: 1g
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Easy healthy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts made with NO sugar and completely keto, paleo, vegan and gluten-free- The perfect Christmas gift or holiday treat- Crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty candied nuts with a hint of cinnamon!

What are your preferred sweeteners?

Do you use artificial sweeteners?

Have you ever used artificial sweeteners in baked goods/cooking? 



126 thoughts on “Easy Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)

  1. This is amazing, Arman! I have to try it with the sweetener that I have. It’s erythritol and a very powder. But since it’s melted first anyway I don’t think it will be a problem. I use it rarely in yogurt when I don’t have fruit with it (which is my preferred way of sweetening whenever possible). I haven’t baked with it yet though.
    I made caramelised nuts last for Christmas gifts, a sweet and a spicy version. They were a hit! I like homemade gifts, especially when they’re edible too 😉

  2. I try to avoid sweeteners as most of them irritate my tummy! Particularly sugar alcohols. 🙁

    On the other hand, normal sugar is fine for me! But I obviously try and avoid it where I can as it just makes me want more sugar. It is ridiculously addictive.

    My favourite sweetener is probably mashed banana 😉

  3. We don’t do a lot of sweets. I don’t use protein powder all that often either but if I do then I guess there might be some artificial sweetner in there. Not sure. I use honey a few times a week. I gotta say, those nuts look awesome. That means a lot coming from someone who lacks a sweet tooth 🙂

      1. Oooh yes! Make a sweet & salty mix! Do you think doing this recipe to salted nuts would work? I may try it before you get back to me.?

  4. Sometimes I forget whose blog I’m reading and take things very literally.

    Example: “For some, splenda makes them turn instantly pregnant.”

    Enter: panic.
    Then Enter “Oh yeah, Arman’s blog…bloating…got it”.

  5. I do use sweeteners in my life–both in regular stuff as well as in baking. But there are some that I really don’t care for, and that mess with my stomach. There used to be this amazing brown sugar xylitol (I think) blend that I swore by, but I can’t find it anywhere now. Usually in batch (rather than single serving) recipes, I will do my own blend of sweeteners and sugar (so that the right chemical reactions will occur). .

  6. I have a coke zero every now and then when we are out for a restaurant, but prefer to use all “real” sugar sweeteners when cooking– occasionally I’ll throw in liquid stevia into a recipe.. but not often.

    1. We have a similar viewpoint too! I love a coke zero when I’m…falling asleep at 4pm lol!

  7. Caramelized nuts! Yes! This is the perfect recipe for that big bin of mixed nuts that shows up in the grocery stores here in the States during the holidays. It’s like a seriously huge box of nuts, and you just pay by the pound. Sit around the fire and crack ’em open…and then caramelize ’em up! I just used palm sugar for the first time the other day…pretty cool stuff. And now I have leftovers–to make caramelized nuts apparently! 🙂

    1. Dude, coconut palm sugar is my go to sweetener now- it works so well with recipes! I kinda want a camp fire now but may actually melt.

  8. The topic of sweeteners is so controversial, you really can’t please everyone. I love how you addressed it and this line “or how white sugar is made by the devil” had me laughing out loud! Your recipe looks delicious and these really would be great holiday gift!

    1. Thank you Sonali! I need to get ready prepping a batch of these specifically for the occasion!

  9. Artificial sweeteners & stevia make me pukey. I just can’t tolerate the flavour/after taste. My go-tos for baking are coconut sugar or maple syrup!

    Sometimes I just like to drink maple syrup. It’s a Canadian thing.

  10. I think it is important to try and not get hung up on things like this. At the end of the day, I think there is probably “research” saying everything is bad for you in some way.
    I try to stay away from aspartame just because it makes me so bloated.

  11. Staying away from splenda as instant pregnancy is not on my to do list for 2014. Thanks for the tip.
    In other news, I recognised your fingers on pinterest the other day. It was weird.
    Pinning and stumbling 😀

  12. Liquid sweeteners like honey and maple syrup are my favorites, but coconut sugar rocks for baking. I have yet to experiment more with stevia, but I use that in my plain Greek yogurt sometimes. Never used Norbu before though!
    I dare you to swap these with the real Nuts 4 Nuts in NYC and see if people notice.

  13. For some reason after consuming Natvia/ Norbu I get reallllly thirsty- followed my diarrhea and bloating : (! Looks like it’s regular ol sugar for me – usually in tea or gelato. I would like to try this recipe though, probably subbing the natvia for coconut sugar. Have you used molasses, golden syrup or treacle in baking before? A must in anzac biscuits and gingerbread men in my opinion! : D

    1. Definitely try it with coconut sugar- I love the distinct flavour that gives (My first batch was made with it :))

      I have several molasses recipes coming up 😀

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