Healthy Caramelised Nuts (Vegan + GF)

Healthy Caramelised Nuts (Vegan + GF)

I seriously cannot recommend these Healthy Caramelised Nuts enough: an insanely moreish but guilt-free snack that takes less than 10 minutes to make! 

Healthy Caramelised Nuts (Vegan + GF)

These nuts are probably my absolutely favourite snack. They’re addictively salty-sweet, seriously crunchy, and coated with the most delicious not-too-sweet caramel glaze.

Whilst this recipe does contain refined sugar (I tried making them with coconut sugar and failed miserably!), the sugar : nut ratio is still relatively low. 

And what’s best about these healthy caramelised nuts is that all you need to make these is a bag of nuts, a frying pan and a few basic ingredients that you’re likely to have in your store cupboard anyway.

You can use any nuts you want, such as:

Healthy Caramelised Nuts (Vegan + GF)

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Watch the 20-second video below to see me making them:


Healthy Caramelised Nuts (Vegan + GF)
Healthy Caramelised Nuts (Vegan + GF)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

These Healthy Caramelised Nuts: an insanely moreish but guilt-free snack that takes less than 10 minutes to make! 

Course: Snack
Calories: 659 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or sub vegetable, rapeseed or coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or sub honey if not vegan)
  • 300 g (10oz) mixed nuts
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the water, oil and agave syrup in a large frying pan until it starts to bubble (should take around 30 seconds)
  2. Add the nuts and stir until they’re coated with the oil and syrup mixture – do this for around a minute until they’re slightly brown and crispy
  3. Add the sugar, salt and black pepper (mix these in a bowl first so that the flavours will be evenly spread out) and stir into the nuts
  4. Keep the pan on a medium heat and stir continuously for a few minutes – the nuts should become nicely caramelised quite quickly
  5. Remove the pan from the heat as soon as you think the caramel coating has reached the right consistency - be careful to not heat for too long as the sugar will burn very quickly
  6. Spread the nuts out over a plate or a sheet of baking paper, separating out any clumps, and leave them to dry out for a while – they may be quite soft at this stage, but ready to eat once they’ve cooled down
  7. Keeps in an airtight container for up to a week

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