Low Carb Snacks: Sweet & Spicy Peanuts

While out shopping for my favorite snack, peanuts, I came upon a spicy variety. Those would be good I thought but I’ll bet they have sugar in them. Sure enough listed there in the ingredients was sugar.

These are spicy why does there need to sugar? I put them back. But then I got to thinking. Spicy and sweet would probably be really good. I’ll be I can make these myself.

I grabbed my normal variety, plain ole’ peanuts with salt. I checked out and headed home excited to experiment with the recipe I had in my head.

Low Carb Snacks: Sweet & Spicy Peanuts

This recipe, if you can call it that, is beyond simple. In fact it only calls for three ingredients. I’ll pretend this is a real recipe and list them in recipe format.


  • 1.5 oz Peanuts
  • 1 Tsp Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
  • Sprinkling of McCormick Fiery 5 Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400°

Add a little butter or oil to a small skillet or oven safe pan. Spread peanuts into pan. Pour on Walden Farms Pancake Syrup. Stir to coat all nuts. Sprinkle McCormick’s Fiery 5 Pepper liberally. Don’t worry it’s not too hot. If you like it hotter add red pepper or red pepper flakes. Add a bit of salt too if desired. I did even though I bought salted nuts I wanted to really enhance the sweet flavor.

Pop in the oven for 15 –  20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool to room temp.

These nuts will be slightly sweet, a bit spicy, super crunchy and oh so delicious.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 230
  • Fat Calories: 150
  • Total Carbs: 11g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Total Net Carbs: 6g

All nutrional values come from the peanuts based on a 1.375oz serving size. The Walden Farms Pancake Syrup has no calories or other nutrional value nor does the Fiery 5 Pepper seasoning. Note this seasoning does list sugar as an ingredient (something I didn’t notice when I bought it). But I’m certain not much and the amount is under your control.

All in all as far as low carb snacks go this one will top my list. Right below peanut butter of course. What do you think? Would you care to give this “un”recipe a try? Comment below.