Vegan Candied Almonds Recipe (Spiced Nuts)

These vegan candied almonds are quick and easy to make. These vegan spiced nuts have the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors. They’re spiced with cinnamon and cloves and have a satisfying, crunchy texture.

What to serve with these vegan candied almonds

If you’re looking for another tasty, vegan snack to serve with these almonds, try this delicious dark chocolate hummus served with fresh fruit. It’s refined sugar free and nutritious. Or try these yummy kale cookies. They’re loaded with nutrients and are easy to make.

A bowl of vegan candied almonds.

Main ingredients and substitutions

It’s best to use unsalted raw almonds in this recipe, but if the almonds you have are already roasted and/or salted, then you can simply omit the salt in this recipe and reduce the cooking time in step 2 (in the recipe card below) to 30 seconds.

I love using cinnamon and cloves in these vegan candied almonds because that combination makes them taste like apple pie. You can substitute store bought apple pie spice or pumpkin spice instead of the cinnamon and cloves if you prefer. Allspice is another good alternative. Chinese five spice would be delicious as well.

I opted to use coconut oil as the fat in these vegan spiced nuts but you can substitute vegan butter or any other oil you prefer.

I used maple syrup to give these almonds a sweet, crunchy coating. You can substitute agave nectar if you prefer.

How to make these vegan spiced nuts

This recipe is quick and easy to make. Start by adding the coconut oil, almonds, salt, cinnamon, and cloves to a large nonstick pan set to low-medium heat on the stove.

Cook for five minutes to toast the almonds. Be sure to stir constantly to make sure they don’t burn.

Next you’ll add the maple syrup and continue to cook for five more minutes. Be sure to keep stirring constantly (sweet things like maple syrup can burn quickly).

Almonds in a frying pan.

Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the almonds to a parchment paper lined sheet pan or platter. Be sure to spread the almonds out in an even layer.

Candied almonds drying on a baking sheet.

Allow the almonds to cool completely before enjoying. They’ll be a bit soggy when they’re still warm but once they’ve cooled to room temperature they’ll have a crunchy texture.


For an even crunchier texture, store these vegan spiced nuts in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.

Edible gifts

These almonds make an excellent edible gift idea for Christmas or any other special occasion. Fill a mason jar with almonds and add a label or put them in a cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon.

Optional additions

If you love the combination of sweet, salty, and spicy, you can add a pinch or two of cayenne powder or freshly cracked black pepper to these vegan candied almonds.

Roasted almonds in a white bowl.

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A bowl of vegan candied almonds.
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Vegan Candied Almonds Recipe (Spiced Nuts)

These vegan candied almonds are quick and easy to make. They're sweet, crunchy, and delicious. These vegan spiced nuts are perfect for a nutritious snack or post-dinner treat and also make a great edible gift idea.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 250kcal


  • 2 cups raw unsalted almonds (or substitute any other type of nut you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or substitute your preferred oil or vegan butter)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves


  • Add the almonds, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon, and cloves to a large nonstick pan on the stove set to low-medium heat.
  • Cook for 5 minutes to toast the almonds, stirring constantly to ensure they don’t burn.
  • Add the maple syrup and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Transfer the almonds to a parchment paper lined baking tray or platter. Be sure they are spread out in a single layer.
  • Allow the almonds to cool for at least one hour before serving, then store them in the fridge for up to 7 days.


  • Storing these vegan candied almonds in the fridge as opposed to the pantry gives them a particularly crunchy and satisfying texture.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg

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