Spice-Coated Maple-Walnut Nuggets

Total Time
15 Mins


Deceptively simple! These wonderful balls will make you feel like you’re getting away with eating cookie dough – but it’s actually all ground walnut. I am tempted to call these April Fools Cookie Dough!

Total Time

Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
0 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins


180 cal
Total Fat
16 g
0 mg
Polyunsaturated Fat
12 g
150 mg
Monounsaturated Fat
2 g
Dietary Fiber
2 g
4 g
9 g


  • Nonstick spray
  • 2 cups California walnut halves
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (use “B” grade for stronger maple flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated or turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Spray the interior and blade of a food processor with nonstick spray for easy handling. Add the walnuts and a scant 1/2 teaspoon salt, and grind to a powder.
  2. Add the maple syrup (2 tablespoons for “regular” palates; 3 tablespoons for sweet tooth types) and continue to buzz the machine until it becomes walnut butter.
  3. Transfer the mix to a bowl (careful of the food processor blade!) and set aside.
  4. In a second bowl or on a plate, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Use your hands to form 1-inch balls from the walnut mixture, and roll each of  them in the cinnamon sugar until thoroughly coated. Transfer the finished balls to a shallow container with a tight-fitting lid.
  6. Cover the container, and store the balls in the freezer. They will solidify nicely, but will stay soft. Eat them from there!