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Sweet and Savory Walnut Snacks

Sweet and Savory Walnut Snacks

A great snack to crunch and munch with your family and friends, made with no refined sugar, salt or oil.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 10-25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
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  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp tamari, low-sodium
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp water or orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander (optional)



  1. Preheat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, then add ingredients, stirring constantly for 2-5 minutes, or until syrup has caramelized.
  2. Spread walnuts on parchment or wax paper and cool for two hours (syrup will harden within 20-30 minutes). Walnuts can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss walnuts and water/orange juice. Add spices and stir to coat. Place on baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes or until toasted. Walnuts can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks.

Notes: The sodium in tamari ‘breaks’ the sweetness of the maple syrup in the Sweet variation. If you want to avoid (or reduce) sodium in your diet, you may use 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or chipotle pepper instead. The walnuts will have a sweet and spicy taste.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.