Vanilla Roasted Walnuts recipe

Vanilla Roasted Walnuts

I’m slightly addicted to these Vanilla Roasted Walnuts and so is my husband.  They have a hint of sweetness and a nice burst of vanilla goodness.  On top of that, Walnuts are a great source of Omega-3’s, have a high antioxidant count and are also beneficial for cardiovascular health. So I’m on the walnut bandwagon.

Here’s the recipe for another gluten free, tasty, higher protein holiday snack with nuts.

Vanilla Roasted Walnuts
  1. Place walnuts and oil in a cast iron skillet (that's what I used, you can experiment) and turn heat to high
  2. As soon as you hear the slightest sizzle, turn heat down to medium or low
  3. Toast walnuts a few minutes until they smell nice and nutty
  4. Add agave and distribute around pan stirring, cook for a minute or two, then add salt
  5. Scrape the beans out of the vanilla pod and stir into walnuts
  6. Remove walnuts from pan and add just a dash of cinnamon if you like
  7. Serve

These nuts are the perfect (last minute) homemade present when packaged in a lovely (reusable) holiday gift jar; that’s what I’m giving to friends and family this year along with my gluten free cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook (which sells for a reasonable $11.55 on  For more healthy, delicious Christmas fun and ideas, take a look at my Gluten Free Christmas Recipe Roundup.

I love the blog Apartment Therapy and was thrilled to be nominated for the best Home Cooking blog over at their Homies awards.  If you like, head on over and cast a vote for

In book tour news, I’ll be doing a live radio interview Tuesday, December 29th at 10am MT (12pm ET) with Dr. Derrick DeSilva, Jr. of Ask Dr. DeSilva on

And remember, I have a super duper giveaway which includes a copy of my gluten-free cookbook and a 5 lb bag of blanched almond flour from Honeyville. To be entered into this Holiday Giveaway follow these 3 steps:

  1. Create a blog or Facebook post mentioning this giveaway and post an almond flour recipe if you like
  2. In your post link back to The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook page (
  3. Leave a comment on the Kumquat Garlic Chicken post linking back to your post by January 11th so that I know you entered the contest!

If you don’t have a blog and still want to enter you can always post on Facebook to be included in the big giveaway!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. Thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. Lynn says

    These nuts are a perpetual favorite everywhere I take them, and I take them LOTS of places because they’re so delicious and easy to make. My personal preference is to use cinnamon with almonds and not with walnuts.
    I have recently begun using coconut oil instead of olive oil for this particular recipe and have great luck with pure vanilla extract.
    Thanks, Elana! You NEVER disappoint!!

  2. Tilly says

    I did this with pecans and regular old vanilla extract. Amazing. I love this blog. It’s my go to for anything simple– you are a genius with that!

  3. Erica says

    I used a regular frying pan and followed your directions and it worked great! I also didn’t have vanilla beans so I used vanilla extract and they tasted delicious! :)

  4. elliemae says

    I just made this tonight, and I love it. I used vanilla extract instead of beans, and I also used walnut oil instead of olive oil, just to try it since it was in the pantry – it worked fine. My husband and I loved this recipe and we ate half the batch in one night! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. Chris says

    Hi, I just found this website (recommended by a friend) and made this recipe with pecans (didn’t have any walnuts) and I LOVE it! What a great/yummy way to get your nuts in your daily routine. I think I am addicted! Thank you!

  6. Emily says

    could i substitute vanilla extract for the vanilla beans? if so, how much should i use? thank you! i love your blog and am learning so much!

    • amy says

      I just made these using 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and they are delicious! I did also use honey instead of agave! Yum!

  7. says

    I got your wonderful cookbook for Christmas. My daughter presented me with the book and all the necessities to make one of the recipes. Can’t wait to try it out.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Sarah says

    I got your Almond Flour Cookbook for Christmas–all the recipes look so delicious! Love the pictures too. I just made the scrumptious sandwich bread and it is great with jelly. Yum! Thanks, Elana!

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