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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the best nuts to eat because they contribute plant omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids along with monounsaturated fat. But toasted walnuts in a convenient can or bag are often hard to locate in the store, and they tend to not be included in the mixed nuts products either. So follow this easy recipe and you’ll make a batch of toasted walnuts that will help you enjoy the flavors of the holiday season.

These tasty walnuts make a great pick-me-up snack at work, and they are also a fun food gift for the holidays.

Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts Recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

Photo: Elaine Magee


  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Canola cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Add walnuts to medium size bowl.

2. Combine pumpkin pie spice and granulated sugar in small bowl or custard cup.

3. Generously coat walnuts with canola cooking spray and stir. Coat walnuts with another generous spray of canola cooking spray. Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice mixture over the top of walnuts and stir to blend well. Spread out in single layer on baking sheet.

4. Bake about 10 minutes or until walnuts are golden brown. Serve warm or cold!

Yield: Makes 8 snack servings (1/4 cup each)

Nutritional Analysis per serving: 163 calories, 4 g protein, 4 g carbohydrate, 14.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 2.2 g monounsaturated fat, 10.8 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, .5 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 80 percent. Omega-3 fatty acids = 2.3 grams, Omega-6 fatty acids = 8.5 grams.

Do you make seasoned or spiced nuts as a fall or winter snack? Tell about the recipes you use on the Food and Cooking Community.

Posted by: Elaine Magee, RD at 3:45 pm

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