sugar free 5 minute candied nuts


Sugar Free 5 Minute Candied Nuts. Perfect for snacking or as favours for your Christmas or New Year guests.

Mmmhhh….candied nuts….they remind us of festivities, fun fairs and winter street foods…and loads of sugary sweetness!

sugar free 5 minute candied nuts

This year I have decided to be a little posher with my Christmas table embellishments. So I will be adding Favours for each guest to enjoy, along with the usual crackers and other Christmas table trinkets.

Each favour will contain sugar free candied nuts for my  keto and non-keto guests, but in different colour tulle nets, blue for sugar, white and pink for sugar free. Well… That’s what I will tell them anyway ;)) …. And you know what? I can bet any money that the non keto guests will not have a clue that they are eating sugar free nuts 😉


sugar free 5 minute candied nuts

So for everyone who loves candied nuts and follows the keto, paleo, lchf lifestyle, here is my recipe for delicious, crunchy, sugar free 5 minute candied nuts. All you need is:

  • a heavy bottomed pan
  • coconut oil
  • nuts
  • ground cinnamon
  • erythritol
  • pure stevia powder
  • water

Choose the nuts you like best.

You can use any nuts you like. I have tested this recipe with almonds, walnuts, pecans , macadamias and hazelnuts. Almonds are my favourite nuts, so that’s what I filled my Favours with.

I recommend a heavy bottomed pan as you don’t want the sweeteners to heat up too quickly and burn. If you don’t have such a pan, make sure you stir continuously and remove the nuts from heat as soon as they start crackling and smoking. If you smell burnt sugar it’s too late and you have to start all over!

How to turn sugar free 5 minute candied nuts  into inexpensive Favours for your guests.

This is actually very simple. You could spend a lot of time and money looking for and buying all sorts of fancy boxes and pouches, or you can use some Tulle, elastic bands and curling ribbon to make pretty pouches.

I had some tulle saved from old packaging, so I just cut circles (22cm diameter), put some of my candied almonds in the middle, secured with a tiny elastic band around the top and tied ribbon over the elastic band. Then I curled the ribbon with the blade edge of scissors.  Hey presto! It took, literally, a minute for each Favour. And don’t they look fantastic?sugar free 5 minute candied nuts


Sugar Free 5 Minute Candied Nuts
  • Yield: 200g
  • Serving: 25g
  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 14.5g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 5g
Recipe type: Sweet Bites
Cuisine: Ketogenic. Sugar Free. Low Carb. Grain Free. Gluten Free.
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Make sugar free candied nuts in under 5 minutes. Delicious, crunchy, moreish.
  1. heat coconut oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan, over medium heat.
  2. add erythritol, stevia, cinnamon and 2 tsp water, then incorporate nuts and stir to coat well.
  3. cook for 4-5 minutes whilst stirring often.
  4. transfer to a baking tray lined with double parchment paper.
  5. leave to cool for a few minutes, then separate the nuts (they will clump together as they cool).
  6. once completely cold, store in an airtight container or package into Favours.
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  1. Hi I have a question why are you using 2 sweeteners any reason behind that and are both sweeteners solid or liquid?
    I wanted to try this but I’m unsure which sweetener would be the best.

    • Hi Kevin, thanks for getting in touch. I use two sweeteners in most of my baking because erythritol has a cooling effect and Stevia has a slightly bitter taste, but the two combined seem to compensate each other and taste very natural. Both are dry. There are stevia/erythritol combinations on the market, so you wouldn’t need to buy them separately.

  2. Hi! We are a month into keto, tired of plain nuts, and missing granola. I used your recipe to sweeten a mixture of roughly chopped cashews, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. It was probably about 2 1/2 cups total. I also added salt and turmeric to the cinnamon. Delicious!! Kids ate it over yogurt. I ate it over melty coconut butter. Thanks!!

    • That’s great Aleena! I love it when readers adapt my recipes to their taste and pockets. So glad you liked it! Best wishes for your new keto adventure- keep at it, it’s the best lifestyle choice you’re ever likely to make, for you and for your family. Thank you so much for your feedback, it means a lot. 🙂

  3. Thanks for this…. I love nuts and when they are more-ish like these….mmmm!!!!!

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