Pistachio Candied Nuts Recipe

Love a sweet, healthy treat? Then try this candied pistachio recipe. These dessert cups with candied pistachios are the tastiest candied nuts out there!

This festive pistachio dessert is good for you! The candied pistachio recipe boasts antioxidant-rich pistachios and candied ginger.

If you’ve ever had candied pecans or almonds and loved them, this candied pistachio recipe will quickly become a favorite. Plus, the candied coating is super low in added sugar. 

Ready to learn how to whip it up?

candied nuts on a baking tray

Healthier Candied Nuts

Let me start this post by saying I love dessert. I love making it, and I love eating it. So I’m always up to the challenge of creating a healthy dessert to bring to a fall gathering or holiday party.

If you’re concerned about your total sugar intake, this dessert doesn’t have much added sugar. It’s naturally sweetened with pomegranate juice and unsweetened cocoa powder–and contains the smallest amount of added sugar from the candied ginger. You won’t find any granulated sugar or coconut sugar in this recipe.

I decided to start this particular dessert with a base of lightly salted pistachios. They’re one of my go-to snacks when I’m feeling hangry–since their fiber, healthy fat, and protein helps keep me full.

So I figured my dessert could serve as a sweet treat and a mini satiating snack all in on!  I also didn’t want to add a lot of sugary ingredients so thought about what I could use that provides natural sweetness.

How to Make This Pistachio Recipe

To make this dessert, I combined the pistachios with a mixture of pomegranate juice, egg white, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Then I tossed everything together, making sure to evenly coat the pistachios.

You see, even though these pistachios are candied, this recipe doesn’t contain any brown sugar, white sugar, sugar cinnamon, maple syrup, or other sugar mixture.

And then, patience–not my virtue!–was up next. I waited an hour to see what these babies tasted like.

Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. The candied pistachios are delicious! They’re super tasty right out of the oven or at room temperature when they’re had time to cool completely.

candied nuts with candied fruit in small muffin tin liners

Ready to Taste the Candied Pistachios?

Once the pistachios were out of the oven, I tossed them with diced candied ginger. Then I put the candied pistachio into little muffin cups so that the dessert would be portion controlled.

Of course, you can also take a bigger serving of the candied pistachio dessert cups to have out for Hanukkah or event to take to a Christmas day movie.

Enjoy this candied nut recipe! It makes a great holiday gift.

candies nuts in muffin liner

More Healthy Pistachio Recipes

Want more ideas for cooking with pistachios? Try: 

candied nuts on parchment paper

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This blog post was updated in December 2020.

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Candied Pistachio Dessert Cups

Love a sweet, healthy treat? Then try this candied pistachio recipe. These dessert cups with candied pistachio are delicious and easy to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 63 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 250 ° F .
  • In a medium bowl, combine juice, egg white, and cocoa powder.
  • Spray a medium baking sheet with cooking spray oil, then place nut mixture on the sheet in a single layer. Cover with remaining liquid.
  • Cook for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes.
  • Once cooled, combine with ginger and place in mini muffin containers.


Calories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Candied nuts, Holiday, Pistachio
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I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how you’re enjoying this candied pistachio. What are your favorite healthy desserts to make? 

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