Low Sodium Caramelized Nuts with Brown Sugar & Spice

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These Caramelized Nuts with Brown Sugar & Spice are a perfect snack! Sprinkle them over your favorite salad for a delicious, sweet, and slightly spicy crunch, or set them out as a pre-dinner bite.

caramelized mixed nuts in a small yellow bowl

If you love a sweet and savory low sodium snack, these caramelized nuts will change your snack life. They are the perfect addition to salads and make an excellent crunchy topping to yogurt, oatmeal, and ice cream. The best thing about these nuts is they’re only 7 mg of sodium per ¼-cup serving! You can create a low sodium snack board with these and my Low Sodium Marinated Mozzarella Balls.

Mise en Place

Here’s what you need to make this recipe.

ingredients for low sodium caramelized nuts with brown sugar and spice


Small Pot

Silicon Spatula or Wooden Spoon

Baking Sheet

How to Make Low Sodium Caramelized Nuts with Brown Sugar & Spice 

You can start snacking on these Low Sodium Caramelized Nuts in minutes! Preheat your oven to 350F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Stir balsamic vinegar and brown sugar together in a small pot over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar melts.

Stir in nuts and spices until nuts are evenly coated.

brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a small pot, melted sugar and vinegar in pot, nuts and spices in pot

Pour nuts onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake until nuts are a rich, dark brown. 

Remove from oven and cool. Break nuts apart and store them in an airtight bag or container.

coated nuts in small pot, uncooked nuts on baking sheet, cooked nuts on baking sheet

Variations on a Delicious Theme

This recipe is simple to change up. Mix up the spices. Smoked paprika would give it a warm, smoky flavor. More crushed red pepper flakes, or add in a little cayenne pepper for more heat. I love the savory sweetness of balsamic vinegar, but these are also delicious when made with white wine vinegar instead.

low sodium caramelized nuts in a small yellow bowl on a black slate surface

Low Sodium Caramelized Nuts with Brown Sugar & Spice FAQs  

Can I use other types of nuts for this recipe?

Absolutely! I love this mix of pecans, peanuts, and walnuts, but feel free to swap them for your favorite unsalted nuts. 

Can I use regular sugar for this recipe?

Yes, you can. I like the flavor the molasses in brown sugar gives the nuts, but white sugar is also a tasty option.

What happens if I burn the sugar?

Melting sugar can be tricky. It can go from not quite melted to burnt in milliseconds, so it’s important to stir constantly and remove it from the heat as soon as the sugar dissolves. If the sugar burns, don’t add the nuts and spices. Clean your pot and start over because the burnt sugar flavor will overpower everything else.

low sodium brown sugar and spice nuts in a small yellow bowl on a black slate surface

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  1. I haven’t tried thisvrecipe, but I am looking forwa rd to.to fixing this. Sounds delicious. Thank you forvthevrecip

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