Maple Chipotle Candied Walnuts

Maple Chipotle Candied Walnuts


There are more than a delicious sweet snack. Use these raw, maple-candied walnuts on a variety of desserts. These pair perfectly with slow roasted beets and cashew cream cheese.
  • Serves: 2 cups
  • Active Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 12 hrs
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Step 1: Soaking the Walnuts

• 2 cups raw walnuts
• 3 to 4 cups water


To prepare the walnuts, in a medium bowl, soak the walnuts for 3 to 4 hours to soften. Strain, reserving the walnuts and discarding the liquid.

Step 2: Preparing the Mixture for Dehydration

• 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
• 1/2 cup maple sugar, finely ground
• 1 1/2 tsp sea salt


To prepare the mixture, place walnuts in a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients and toss well.

Step 3: Dehydrating the Walnuts


To finish the candied walnuts, set dehydrator at 115°F (45°C). Spread an even layer of walnuts on dehydrator trays, leaving room for air circulation. Continue to dehydrate for 7 to 10 hours or until crisp.

Store walnuts in a sealed container and refrigerate to retain crispness.

Chef's Notes

These maple spiced walnuts pair well with both sweet and savory dishes. They’re a great addition to desserts, or sprinkled on your favorite salads.


  • Bonnie D
    Bonnie D
    Can you tell us more about maple sugar? The recipe mentions ground maple sugar. What do I look for when shopping for maple sugar?
  • Chad S Rouxbe Staff
    Chad S
    Maple sugar is a great ingredient when creating raw candied nuts since the sugars melt and crystalize, while giving a nice crunchy finished to the nuts—as opposed to using a wet sweetener such as date paste, syrups etc. Maple sugar can be found in many health food shops in the baking isle. It occasionally comes in large crystals so you would need to blend for a powdered product. I love having this ingredient on hand for raw desserts, crusts, or just topping oatmeal in the morning, in replace of brown sugar. Hope that is helpful. Cheers.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    I have also been able to find maple sugar at Costco of all places. Cheers!
  • Stefanie M
    Stefanie M
    Could I use the oven instead of dehydrator? If so, at what temperature and for how long?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    You could use and oven, but it is trickier and less consistent. Use a warm oven set to very low (170F) and try for 45-60 minutes. Check and then see how much longer you want to let them "toast". The risk is in too much heat and scorching the nuts. ~Ken
  • Barb H
    Barb H
    What's the benefit of soaking/softening the walnuts first? Is this true for other candied nuts as well?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    For flavored/candied nuts, the process of soaking first gives the coasting a better chance of adhering and then creating a crunch after dehydrated. While soaking is not 100% necessary, it is a good method for candied nuts when using a dehydrator. ~Ken
  • Merna B
    Merna B
    It can be difficult to find maple sugar even in Quebec, Ontario or the maple producing states, Vermont, Main, New York etc. you can make your own easily from pure syrup. You boil syrup to between 32 - 40 degrees above boiling point of water. If anyone is interested in the steps to do this post a reply and I can walk you through the process. I make 70 pounds a year and it's the only sweetener I use except for fruit pastes.
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Great info Merna! Thanks for sharing. ~Ken
  • Jenna B
    Jenna B
    Would there be any difference in using Coconut Sugar instead of Maple?
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Jenna and thanks for your question! I would encourage you to definitely try using Coconut Sugar instead of Maple - I've attached the following link which outlines more goodness about Coconut Sugar! Enjoy and thanks for learning with Rouxbe Jenna! Chef Kirk
  • Susan B
    Susan B
    I have a lot of pecans on hand and wonder if I could use then here instead of walnuts?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Oh, yeah!! Pecans work wonderfully well with this preparation. Enjoy!
  • Elyse S
    Elyse S
    Thank goodness because I forgot it was walnuts and bought 4 pounds of pecans instead!
  • Carla S
    Carla S
    Do you think a Stevia Blend sugar, such as "Truvia" would work in place of the maple sugar?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Carla, yes, any granular sugar will be fine.
  • Vineeta  G
    Vineeta G
    This looks great, I have never used a dehydrator before. I was thinking of using the above recipe of walnuts on top of a cashew cream will Walnuts stay crunchy or will they oxidize and lose their crunch, any idea ?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Vineeta, the nuts will lose their crunch with prolonged contact with moisture (they still taste really good, though!), so I recommend adding/garnishing/serving in that manner right at service time.

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