If you are looking for a unique but delicious snack to change things up then you are going to love these Candied Matcha Nuts. A fantastic crunchy snack with all the healthy benefits of green tea. Perfect for batch cooking and then snacking on throughout the week.
If you love making candied nuts at home you should definitely try these Oven Roasted Maple Glazed Pecans next!
Candied Matcha Nuts
I was in sample heaven when I came across one of Costco's recent offerings - a slightly odd green tea spiced nut mixture featuring some dried apple and lemon thingy.
Despite the weird combination of flavors, it was delicious and I did more than one sneaky fly-by visit to the sample table - for the kids of course.
The price tag was more than I was willing to fork out, given the rate at which nuts are consumed in my household, so I got to experimenting as soon as I got the chance.
I came up with this little candied matcha nuts concoction and I am totally hooked.
They are EVERYTHING you need in a snack: crunchy, sweet, teeny bit bitter from the matcha, oh so moreish, and delicious!
How To Make
Look for culinary-grade matcha for these candied nuts. I tend to opt for organic matcha, but do whatever works for your budget. But any organic Matcha will do, just be sure to check the ingredient list to ensure it makes you happy and there are no hidden nasties lurking in there.
A lot of matcha mixes can contain lots of extra sugar as well, so check that. They can definitely be used in this recipe, but it is worth noting that it will change the flavor outcome of the candied nuts, making them a lot sweeter.
If you are interested in learning a bit about the benefits of matcha then pop over here and check out this post, where I give a super quick run down and share a delicious Green Tea Chai Spiced Latte recipe.
These delicious little snacks come together so quickly.
In a small bowl combine the coconut sugar, the matcha, and the sea salt.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg white and water until it is thick and foamy looking. This will happen a lot quicker using a stand mixer, however, can be done by hand if you have a whisk and a lot of patience.
Add the mixed nuts to the egg mixture and stir well to combine before adding in the coconut sugar mixture and stirring well until the nuts are all coated evenly.
Spread the nuts out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they are arranged in a single layer, with no big clusters of nuts.
We are going to bake these for about 30 minutes, giving the whole thing a quick stir at about 15 minutes to ensure even baking.
Allow them to cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container.
The mixture on the nuts will become more candy-like as they cool, so it is important to allow them to cool completely.
What Nuts To Use
You can use whatever nuts you prefer to make matcha nuts.
I use a combination of almonds, walnuts, and pecans for this recipe, however cashews work really well here also.
What do you think? I love hearing from you, so if you try out these matcha flavored snacks and love them, be sure to pop back and leave a 5 star recipe rating in the recipe card, or comment below the recipe card.
Candied Matcha Nuts
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- ½ cup coconut sugar (or ¾ cup if you prefer sweeter)
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 egg white , large
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup pecans
- Preheat the oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a small bowl combine the coconut sugar, matcha and sea salt½ cup coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon matcha green tea, ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- In a large bowl, or a stand mixer, whisk together the egg white and water until it is thick and foamy. You don't want it too get stiff.1 egg white, 1 tablespoon water
- Add nuts to the egg mixture and stir well to combine. Sprinkle in the coconut sugar mixture and stir well until evenly coated1 cup almonds, 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup pecans
- Spread the nuts onto the parchment paper, ensuring they are in a single layer. Pop in the oven and bake for 30 mins, stirring once at 15 minutes. The nut mixture should be brown and dry. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before breaking up any clumps.
- Store in an airtight container, they should last two weeks.