Maple Roasted Walnuts with Candied BaconTwo Super Snackin’ Sunday recipes in a row that don’t require any cheese? This is so unlike me.  When we’re snacking, there’s almost always some kind of cheese or dip involved.  Nuts, too, always seem to make an appearance at our game day spread.  Mr. Big Flavors loves a good beer nut that balances salt, sweet and crunch so there is usually a can in the cupboard. Nuts are that one snack with no multi-tasking required.  This means more time watching the game, and less time paying attention to what you’re eating.

When I saw a recipe on Pinterest that included both nuts and bacon, I knew it was going right onto the game day menu.  Who doesn’t love a hefty helping of salty, crispy, smoky bacon?  I can’t think of anyone.  So, while it may not be the healthiest of snack items, it sure is a tasty one.  The walnuts are coated in a concoction of bacon fat, maple syrup, and cinnamon before roasting in the oven until toasted and fragrant.  The result is sweet, not too salty, and very addicting.

Bacon with Drippings

Even though bacon is a perfect source of pork,  I thought I might try to make it even better by broiling on a brown sugar crust. Simply, top the bacon with brown sugar, and place under the broiler for a few seconds.  The sugar heats up and caramelizes onto the bacon, creating a crusty thin coating of sweetness.  One note though – keep the brown sugar contained to the bacon, and don’t let too much spill over onto the baking sheet.  It will burn quickly, and your kitchen will smell that unsweet smell of blackened brown sugar. Not awesome.

Maple Roasted Walnuts & Candied Bacon Ingredients

When you combine the crispy chopped sugared bacon with the maple roasted walnuts, the combination is simply munchable.  Each component brings its own saltiness, sweetness and crunchiness. And in true snack mix form, there’s no need for fancy things like utensils or plates or crackers. Just pour into a bowl and get to game watching!

Walnuts & Bacon Mix

Maple Roasted Walnuts & Sugared Bacon Mix

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 32 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Snack
Website Studio Cuisine


  • 5 pieces thick smoked bacon
  • 1.5 cups walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar


1. Cook bacon over medium low heat until crispy. Transfer to a plate line with paper towels to remove excess drippings. Do not drain drippings from the pan.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl combine walnuts, bacon drippings, maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. Season with a little salt. Stir to combine all ingredients.
3. Spread walnuts out in a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast in oven for about 12 minutes or until you smell the walnuts roasting, turning twice. Be careful not to leave the nuts in too long or they will burn. Remove from oven and let cool.
4. Turn oven onto broiler setting. Lay bacon flat on a baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle brown sugar onto bacon. Keep sugar off of baking sheet as much as possible, as it will burn. Place under broiler for about 1 minute, until sugar and bacon are bubbling. Remove and let cool.
5. Chop bacon into small pieces and combine with walnuts in a serving bowl. Snack away!

Shared with: Melt in Your Mouth Monday, On the Menu Monday, Trick or Treat Tuesday, Talent Show Tuesday

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3 Responses to Super Snackin’ Sunday: Maple Roasted Walnuts & Sugared Bacon Mix

  1. Thank you SO much for testing out my recipe! These look fantastic! They’re a perfect game day snack :)

  2. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it.

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