How to Caramelize Nuts!


Caramelized Nuts are such a treat! If you have my cookbook or attend my classes you know I use them in salads, but I also use them in oatmeal and serve them spicy as an appetizer, like this…

How to Caramelize Nuts

 Instructions for caramelizing nuts can be found on page 12 of “Seasonal Favorites from The Organic Kitchen Cookbook” available in hardcover and eBook here. I also recommend you watch this video tutorial, seeing it done in real time can be very helpful!

So this is how I do it!

How to Caramelize Nuts

How to Caramelize Nuts

How to Caramelize Nuts

How to Caramelize Nuts

The Recipe: Caramelized Nuts

Caramelized Nuts



  1. Melt butter in pan on medium heat. When butter is melted, add 1 cup nuts. You can use walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, mixed nuts...whatever, but I will say walnuts and pecans work best because they have nooks and crannies that hold the melted sugar.
  2. Give the nuts  a 'flip' to make sure all nuts are glistening with butter. This pan is a non toxic, non stick ceramic pan.

To Flip:

  1. Shake the nuts back and forth in the pan from front to back. Get a little rhythm going. Then when the nuts are moving forward in the pan (away from you) and they reach that curve in the pan, just give the pan a little ummmph and the nuts will flip. This takes practice and again, I really do recommend you watch this video!
  2. Once nuts are browned slightly, add sugar. I use 1/3 cup C&H light brown sugar. I find it melts the best. Sorry, but organic brown sugar clumps. I wish I could say it wasn't so! If you are looking for a lower glycemic sugar try coconut sugar. It works very well.
  3. Flip again. When nuts are evenly coated with melted sugar, remove from heat and place nuts on a plate to cool. If you are using them right away you can pop them in the fridge or freezer for a quick cool down.
  4. Once cooled, use right away or store in a covered container for up to a month. The recipe for Spicy Caramelized Nuts is on page 62 of my cookbook.


How to Caramelize Nuts

How to Caramelize Nuts

How to Caramelize Nuts


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10 thoughts on “How to Caramelize Nuts!

  1. I love your blog so much, it has so many delicious recipes. It’s very pretty and it’s easy to navigate! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future!

  2. What I have looked at looks good, and I bet it is. How do I get you books? Let me know I know I will like them. Thank you and God Bless
    Don Yelvington

  3. Do you have the recipe for the delicious salad pictured above? It looks divine! Also, in Utah, where would you find goat cheese, and would feta cheese work to? Love your website.

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