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

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  • Place walnuts and oil in a large cast iron skillet (that's what I used, you can experiment) and turn heat to high
  • As soon as you hear the slightest sizzle, turn heat down to medium or low
  • Toast walnuts a few minutes until they smell nice and nutty
  • Add agave and distribute around pan stirring, cook for a minute or two, then add salt
  • Scrape the beans out of the vanilla pod and stir into walnuts
  • Remove walnuts from pan and add just a dash of cinnamon if you like
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 21 mins
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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


29 responses to “Vanilla Roasted Walnuts”

  1. 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!

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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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