Take a culinary journey that combines the delicious crunch of walnuts with the cozy warmth of honey in this amazing recipe – the mouthwatering honey glazed walnut recipe. Imagine plump walnuts that are perfectly balanced between sweet and nutty, all covered in a rich, golden glaze. These honey-glazed walnuts, with only a few simple ingredients and an easy recipe, guarantee a palate-pleasing symphony of flavors. These glazed walnuts serve as a delicious party snack or a gourmet garnish for salads and desserts. They are the epitome of understated elegance.
As you begin this simple dish, prepare yourself to enter the realm of culinary joy. The magic of honey glazed walnut starts when the honey mixture bubbles to a gorgeous, glossy finish and the walnuts softly toast, releasing their nutty aroma. The skill is in carefully pouring this wonderful glaze over the toasted walnuts, turning them into little morsels of pure joy. These honey glazed walnuts steal the show with their rush of sweetness that lingers long after the last crunch, so get ready to relish every crispy bite.
Overview: How to make Honey Glazed Walnuts?
Welcome to my kitchen adventure where we’ll transform simple walnuts into an irresistible delight! This honey-glazed walnut recipe is a fusion of simplicity and luxury, creating a gourmet treat perfect for snacking or elevating any dish. With just a handful of pantry essentials, we’ll embark on a journey to coat these walnuts in a luscious honey glaze, balancing their natural nuttiness with a touch of sweet indulgence. This recipe reminds me of honey-glazed Pumpkin Pancakes; equally relishing and soul-soothing. A must-try!
Let’s gather some fresh, high-quality walnuts and essentials like honey, sugar, and a pinch of salt. We’ll start by toasting the walnuts in a pan, letting their rich, nutty aroma fill the air. Simultaneously, we’ll simmer a mixture of honey, sugar, and a hint of salt until it transforms into a glossy syrup, ready to coat our toasted walnuts. As the warm, caramelized glaze envelops each walnut, we’ll witness the perfect harmony of sweetness and crunch coming together.
This recipe isn’t just about making a snack; it’s about crafting an experience. Once glazed, these walnuts can be enjoyed immediately for a warm, gooey treat or cooled for that satisfying, crispy bite. Versatile and decadent, these honey-glazed walnuts can elevate salads, and desserts, or simply stand alone, promising a burst of flavor with every nibble. Join me on this culinary journey as we create a delicacy that’s both effortless and impressive.
Why you will love this recipe?
- A Healthy Snack: Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a nutritious snack. They’re a crunchy, healthful snack that satisfies any sweet taste.
- Refined sugar-free: This delectable recipe is naturally sweetened with pure honey and has no refined sugar.
- Easy Recipe: Simple steps and only a few ingredients make up this quick recipe for honey candied walnuts.
- Ideal for Holiday Season: Top salads, add to platters, use as a crispy topping for roasted butternut squash, or give this nutritious treat as gifts in little, food-safe gift bags. These candied walnuts work well in both savory and sweet recipes!
Easy Honey Glazed Walnuts Recipe
- Non-Stick Pan
- Stirring Utensil
- Measuring Cup and Spoons
- Baking sheet
- Airtight Container
- 2 cups walnuts
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Prepare the Walnuts: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the walnuts to the dry pan and toast them for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Once they turn golden brown and emit a nutty aroma, transfer them to a plate to cool.
- In the same pan, combine the honey, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let it simmer for about 2-3 minutes until the syrup slightly thickens.
- Return the toasted walnuts to the pan with the honey glaze. Stir continuously, ensuring all the walnuts are thoroughly coated with the glaze. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the walnuts are evenly coated and the glaze thickens.
- Transfer the honey glazed walnuts onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer to prevent sticking. Allow them to cool completely, giving the glaze time to set and harden.
- Once cooled, break apart any clusters and store the honey glazed walnuts in an airtight container. They can be enjoyed immediately as a snack or added to salads, desserts, or any dish where you want a touch of sweetness and crunch.
- How to create an even glaze coating: For a constant and delectable flavor throughout, make sure the walnuts are coated equally with the honey and cinnamon mixture. Some walnuts will be too sweet from an uneven coating, while others will be lacking in flavor.
- Appropriate spacing: To ensure even roasting and keep the walnuts from clinging to one another, distribute them evenly in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Pay special attention: While the walnuts are in the oven, keep a watch on them. To keep them from burning, you’ll need to stir and turn them from time to time. Roast for about 10 to 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown on both sides and smell beautifully of cinnamon.
- Cooling entirely: To get the ideal crunchy texture and to give the flavors time to develop and blend, let the roasted walnuts cool completely before serving.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS (PER SERVING)
Versatility of Honey Glazed Walnuts
Honey Glazed Walnuts are incredibly versatile. Knowing this technique means you can always add a special touch to so many recipes, dishes, and snacks.
As a gluten free alternative to croutons, glazed walnuts add an element of texture to a salad, whether you make it with greens, grains, or both. Try them on:
BREAKFASTS AND SNACKS
A crunchy way to add some protein and healthy fats to your morning meal or keep your satisfied through the afternoon slump. Enjoy them with:
Yes, you can even have glazed nuts with your favorite sweet treats. They’ll be tasty with:
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to soaking walnuts before eating. Walnuts are difficult for many people to stomach. The astringent tannins that give walnuts their subtle bitter flavor can be removed from the nuts by soaking them. Before preparing this recipe, soak the walnuts according to these instructions.
- After putting the nuts in a large glass container, cover the nuts with water by at least two to three inches.
- Keep it refrigerated for the entire night.
- Using a dehydrator, drain and let dry.
Pro Tip: If walnuts are soaked, they must be thoroughly dried in a dehydrator in order for this recipe to work. This recipe is not well suited for oven dehydration.
Shelf Life of Walnuts
Whole walnuts can typically last for up to a year if stored properly. It’s best to keep them in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container or sealed bag to prevent them from becoming rancid or absorbing odors from other foods. You can also extend their shelf life by storing them in the refrigerator or freezer, where they can remain good for up to two years or more. However, it’s essential to check for any signs of rancidity or spoilage before consuming them, especially if they’ve been stored for an extended period.
Adding in 1/4-1/2 tsp of any combination of the spices below can add an interesting savory spiciness to these Honey Glazed Walnuts.
- ground cinnamon
- cayenne pepper
- chipotle powder
- black pepper
- chili powder
Storage and Leftovers
To store honey glazed walnuts and any leftovers:
- Cooling: Allow the glazed walnuts to cool completely at room temperature on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Airtight Container: Transfer the cooled honey glazed walnuts into an airtight container or a sealed plastic bag.
- Storage: Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. For longer-term storage, refrigerate or freeze the glazed walnuts.
- Freezing (Optional): If you prefer to freeze them, ensure they’re in an airtight container or freezer bag. Frozen honey glazed walnuts can last for several months.
- Reheating (If Desired): If the glazed walnuts lose their crispness over time, you can reheat them in the oven at a low temperature (around 250°F or 120°C) for a few minutes to restore their crunchiness.
Always check for any signs of spoilage or rancidity before consuming leftovers, especially if they’ve been stored for an extended period.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: How many calories in honey glazed walnuts?
A: Honey glazed walnuts typically contain around 180 calories per 1/4 cup serving.
Q2: How long to make honey glazed walnuts?
A: Making honey glazed walnuts usually takes about 25-35 minutes from start to finish. This includes toasting the walnuts, preparing the glaze, coating the walnuts, and allowing them to cool before they’re ready to enjoy or store.
Q3: Are honey glazed walnuts healthy?
A: Honey glazed walnuts offer healthy fats, antioxidants, and nutrients from walnuts but contain added sugars from the honey glaze. Moderation is key to enjoy their benefits without excess sugar intake.
Q4: Can you use other types of nuts?
A: Yes, try this recipe and technique with pecans, cashews, almonds, or your favorite type of nuts. You can even use a combination to make glazed mixed nuts.
Q5: What nutritional benefits do walnuts offer?
It can be difficult to consume enough omega-3 fatty acids in the American diet. But consuming roughly seven walnuts gives you 2542 mg of essential omega 3. Not to mention all the other vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant components, the amounts of copper, manganese, and vitamin E are also astounding.