Candied Walnuts on Yogurt with Honey

My husband and I feel personally responsible for the Greek yogurt trend in America. We went to Greece, fell in love with Fage, came back, asked our local Trader Joe’s to start carrying it, and voila! A month or so later Greek yogurt was everywhere. Blame us if you want, but life is better with Greek yogurt.

In Greece, yogurt is a way of life. Served in gigantic proportions, and always with honey and walnuts, the thick and creamy concoction only barely resembles the dessert-like American counterparts. As people that regularly make our own yogurt at home, we immediately fell in love with it and ate it at least once a day while on vacation.

You can truly top yogurt however you like, but our favorite way is easily with the traditional honey & walnuts. As former beekeepers, we still have a stockpile of honey around our home, and for the walnuts, this is my favorite recipe. You could use raw walnuts, and live happily in ignorant bliss, but the crunch and light spice that a candied walnut adds is a great way to perk up this simple dish.

Candied Walnuts


  • Raw WalnutsWater
  • ¼ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Powder (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 4 oz Walnut Halves (about 1 large cup), avoid smaller pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat. 
  2. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
  3. While waiting for the water to boil, combine the sugar, chili powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and mix.
  4. Once the water is boiling, add the walnuts and blanch for 3 minutes.Blanch Walnuts
  5. Drain the walnuts well and immediately toss with the sugar mixture. The sugar will melt slightly. Once the walnuts are evenly coated, spread evenly on your baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until the walnuts are a deep golden brown. Watch them carefully because they can burn quite easily.
    Drain Walnuts

    Toss the walnuts with the sugar mixture.

    Toss the walnuts with the sugar mixture.

    Bake Walnuts

  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Makes 4 ¼ servings. 

Can be used to top salads, yogurt, added to granola, oatmeal, ice cream, or your favorite place to add a sweet crunch!

 Candied Walnuts

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