Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts

Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts
Barbara Kiebel


  • 1 Teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  sea salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  cayenne
  • large egg white
  • 1/2 Cup  maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons  bourbon
  • 2 1/2 Cups  walnuts
  • slices bacon, cut into squares and cooked until brown

I used to be nuts for pecans. Then something magical happened and I changed my allegiance to walnuts. Toasting is to blame. There is a difference and it is called huge.

I love them in cookies and pies and salads. I just made a coating for chicken strips that included "the nut." I’m even thinking of making walnut liqueur for gifts this year but if there is one thing I know that I just love, love, love? Combining them with some maple syrup and spices and then baking them.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl. Place the egg white in a bowl and beat with a whisk until it is frothy. Add the maple syrup and bourbon and continue whisking for another minute.

Add the walnuts to the bowl and coat well. Add the spices to the walnut mixture and mix until well blended. Pour the walnuts on a layer of parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes, stirring the walnuts every 5 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the crisp bacon and cook for 5 more minutes. Test a walnut to make sure it's fully roasted and crunchy; if not, continue to bake for 2-3 more minutes.

Remove from the oven and spoon onto a new sheet of parchment or waxed paper. Let cool. If some pieces stick together, break them apart once cooled. These are best served the day they are made.


Calories per serving:

531 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 261g 401%
  • Carbs 152g 51%
  • Saturated 41g 206%
  • Fiber 21g 86%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 105g
  • Monounsaturated 57g
  • Polyunsaturated 149g
  • Protein 71g 141%
  • Cholesterol 115mg 38%
  • Sodium 2,397mg 100%
  • Calcium 497mg 50%
  • Magnesium 528mg 132%
  • Potassium 2,070mg 59%
  • Iron 10mg 58%
  • Zinc 14mg 90%
  • Phosphorus 1,282mg 183%
  • Vitamin A 33µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 106%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 161%
  • Niacin (B3) 11mg 53%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 103%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 289µg 72%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 15%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 15%
  • Vitamin K 9µg 11%
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