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Candied Macadamia Nuts

candied macadamia nuts recipe

Here’s another recipe for delicious gluten free candied nuts.  I love making candied nuts for the holidays.  They’re the perfect gluten free dessert, appetizer or snack.  And they make a great gift too.  The homemade version is much cheaper than store bought, tastes fresher and you know exactly what’s in ‘em!

If you love macadamia nuts, you might like to take a look at the recipe for Ginger Macadamia Brownies in my gluten free cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.  Meanwhile, here’s a yummy DIY recipe for candying your own macas.  Enjoy!

Candied Macadamia Nuts


  1. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Place in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned
  4. Cool and serve

Almonds are an amazing super food and they are showing up in the media on a more frequent basis these days.  Here’s an article on yahoo via Self Magazine that describes more of the benefits of almonds.  Almonds are full of alpha linolenic acid which aids in the metabolism of fats.

Almond flour is one of my favorite topics and there’s been some good debate lately on my website about its cost and benefits.

With all of this discussion I was inspired to launch a new page on my site called “Why Almond Flour?”  My intention is that this tab at the top of my site will serve as a permanent resource and answer the many questions I am asked daily regarding almond flour and its price, nutritional value, accessibility, etc. So go ahead and take a look if you like.   And be sure to leave me a comment here with your feedback!

The winner of last weeks Friday Freebie for the 5lb bag of blanched almond flour from Honeyville is Sarah Yao!

This weeks Friday Freebie is, ahem, a Kroeger Herb Digestive Enzyme –it’s vegan and might come in handy during the holiday season.

UPDATE: this giveaway has ended, the winner was Kimberley

posted on November 20, 2009, 22 comments

  1. Beth

    Another appealing appetizer, and just in time for our dinner party this weekend.

    I’m going to do a batch of the candied macadamia nuts & the candied pecans tomorrow.

    Both photos are mouth watering!

    Elana – thanks again for all of the free resources and recipes that you are providing. I don’t know how you find the time in your busy life, but it is much appreciated.
    Recently I have referred newly gluten-free family & friends to your site, and they are blown away by the content.

  2. Beth

    Just finished reading your “Why Almond Flour” section and found it well presented, and very informative.

    Although I knew that almonds were not a real “nut” I didn’t realise that they were a seed from a fruit. No wonder my cousin with the nut allergy can eat almonds.

    Going to check out the JK Gourmet site for pricing and shipping since they are in Canada.

  3. I love macadamias. They often get passed by for cheaper nuts when I do my shopping, but this does tempt me to splurge! Yum! And as for that digestive enzyme – I swear by digestive enzymes. They are helping me along while I heal from all that “gluten damage”.

  4. Julia

    I love macadamia nuts. I am for sure going to make these. I do have a question though. With the pecans and macadamias do you use raw nuts or roasted?

  5. ~M

    These look great! I might try this recipe with pecans (since I don’t have yacon but do have agave) but we were gifted with an ENORMOUS bag of pecans (probably 15+ lbs).

    I’m interested in this enzyme. Do you take it? I’ve been taking a papaya enzyme when I have tummy/digestive trouble and it seems to help (luckily, I haven’t been glutened recently; these are just the normal overindulgence tummy aches.

    Have a happy and healthy thanksgiving!

  6. Oh we definitely have to make these!

  7. Kimberley

    Thanks for the link for the enzymes. I would also love to hear your experience with using them! We always get glutened accidentally over the holidays. A glass of wine or two doesn’t typically help either! I would love to have some enzymes on hand to help the overworked holiday tummy!

  8. Lauren @ celiacteen.com

    Macs are some of my favourite nuts! They’re so flavourful and delicious! What a great way to eat them =D.

  9. Heather @CeliacFamily @ celiacfamily.com

    I wish I had some macadamias to try this. Darn! I guess I’ll have to go shopping again. :)

  10. I haven’t had macadamia nuts in AGES!! I must try this.

  11. aziza

    Hmmmm!!Yummm!I should try this recipe with Cashew nut
    Thanks again Elana fro the wonderful work you do and share.

  12. Rebecca

    Those look great. I love your book and I am purchasing another copy to give to my ND for her waiting area. Everytime we bring in one of your treats she asks for the recipe!

  13. Beth

    This is so weird that this week you gave us these candied nut recipes. My husband and I found a great nut place by us that have great maple cinnamon organic nuts and many othernut mixes but they are so expensive! I wanted to try to make my own but I am not creative in the kitchen at all. Thanks a bunch, they are great for the holidays!

  14. Lydia

    Wow these look great, as a poor student I will have to save up for a while to make them… but yummm.

  15. Melody

    These sound delicious! I’ll make them today to take to my in-laws for Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for a great snack!

  16. Melody

    The “Why Almond Flour” info is terrfic! Very useful! Thanks!

  17. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    First, congrats to Sarah! She will love the Honeyville Almond Flour. I have thoroughly enjoyed baking with mine. :-)

    Second, great idea on adding Why Almond Flour? Must read that. On the POM Wonderful blogger harvest tour, we visited their almond trees in the orchard and got our photos taken beside them. We were all so happy to be with the almonds. ;-)

    Last, everyone feels like a very special guest when you serve them macadamias. Truly lovely and a great gift idea, indeed!


  18. Jackie

    Love macadamia nuts.. thanks for all of the recipes.

  19. Christie @ Honoring Health @ honormyhealth.com

    These looks great. I saw the link to this on twitter this weekend and I was out of town and totally anxious to see the recipe!

  20. These sound and look amazing! Thanks!

  21. Linda

    I get a 3lb bag of unsalted almonds at Sam’s for about $9 and then I make flour with it in my food processor. The price of almond flour in tfor instance Kroger is ridiculous and I feel so much better making my crust for quiche with the almonds from Sam’s :)

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