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Sugar Free Candied Pecans

Sweet and crunchy, addicting and easy, these Sugar Free Candied Pecans make for an excellent snack, guilt free dessert or salad topper!

Wooden bowl of sugar free candied pecans on a stone surface.

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Fall has officially hit here when the fireplace is roaring, the weather report shows endless days of rain ahead and everywhere I go there are pumpkin spiced treats. These are the days I really begin to crave the sweets.

With these keto candied pecans sitting in a glass jar on my counter, I have no need for anything else to satisfy that need. I love to snack on them after a meal, in between meals, and/or on top of my salad for an extra sweet and crunchy addition that is so incredibly addicting!

Why you need these in your life

  1. Sweet and crunchy with just the right amount of salty, these low carb candied pecans are absolutely delicious!
  2. They are versatile! Make them for snacks, desserts, salad toppers, and you could even make them as gifts around the holidays!
  3. Fast and easy! All you’ll need to make these sugar free candied pecans is ten minutes of your time and then you leave them to cool.
Salad bowl with tossed salad, sliced red pepper, broccoli, chicken breast and a balsamic dressing. The salad is garnished with sugar free candied pecans.
Tossed salad with a balsamic vinaigrette, garnished with sugar free candied pecans.

Ingredients

  • butter
  • pecan halves
  • monk fruit / erythritol sweetener
  • sugar free maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • vanilla extract
  • water

Monk Fruit / Erythritol Sweetener – My favourite sugar free sweetener, it has no after taste at all! I like the brands SoNourished or Lakanto, and use the granular versions in this recipe.

Sugar Free Maple Syrup – My favourite brand of sugar free maple syrup is Lakanto. It is very tasty and is sweetened with erythritol. Be careful which sugar free maple syrup you buy, they could contain unhealthy sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose.

Sugar Free Candied Pecans recipe

Grab a medium saucepan and heat it on medium heat, then line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat or parchment paper. While the pan is heating up, measure out the sweetener, cinnamon and salt into one container, and then the water, maple syrup and vanilla into another.

Once the saucepan is warm, add the butter and once melted, add the pecans. Stir often, cooking just until they start to smell nutty, about 2-3 minutes. You do not want them to brown.

Skillet full of warmed pecans.

Pour in the sweetener, cinnamon and salt, give it a stir and then add the water, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir well, bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Allow the pecans to simmer for 4 minutes, stirring often.

Skillet full of candied pecans, ready to be transferred to a baking sheet to cool completely.

Pour the pecans evenly onto the baking sheet, making sure they are spread out enough from each other so that when they harden (almost immediately) they will not be in one big clump.

Baking sheet with parchment paper and sugar free candied pecans.

Allow the sugar free candied pecans to cool on the baking sheet for at least half an hour before packaging up into an air tight container. Enjoy!

Expert Tips

  1. This recipe comes together very quickly, so it’s a good idea to measure out all of the ingredients while the saucepan is heating up and the pecans are toasting.
  2. You do not want the pecans to brown because the roasted flavour will drown out the other flavours, we just want to heat them a little bit first to brighten their flavour and add a little bit of an extra crunch.
  3. Do you only have powdered sweetener? That will work as well, you just may need to add a little more than the 1/4 cup. Try 1/3 cup powdered sweetener instead.
  4. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or freeze in an air tight container for up to 2 years!
Wooden bowl with sugar free candied pecans on a stone surface.

Here are some other low carb snack recipes you might like

Crunchy Cheese Crackers

BBQ Roasted Almonds

Crispy Oven Baked Onion Rings

7 Minute Baked Tortilla Chips

Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries

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Bowl of sugar free candied pecans.

Sugar Free Candied Pecans

Sweet and crunchy, addicting and easy to make, these Sugar Free Candied Pecans make for an excellent snack, guilt free dessert or salad topper!
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

  • Heat a medium saucepan on medium heat and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat or parchment paper. While the pan is heating up, measure out the sweetener, cinnamon and salt into one container, and then the water, maple syrup and vanilla into another.
  • Once the saucepan is warm, add the butter and once melted, add the pecans. Stir often, cooking just until they start to smell nutty, about 2-3 minutes. You do not want them to brown.
  • Pour in the sweetener, cinnamon and salt, give it a stir and then add the water, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir well, bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Allow the pecans to simmer for 4 minutes, stirring often.
  • Pour the keto candied pecans evenly onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are spread out enough from each other so that when they harden (almost immediately) they will not be in one big clump.
  • Allow the sugar free candied pecans to cool on the baking sheet for at least half an hour before packaging up into an air tight container. Enjoy!

Notes

Expert Tips

  1. This recipe comes together very quickly, so it’s a good idea to measure out all of the ingredients while the saucepan is heating up and the pecans are toasting.
  2. You do not want the pecans to brown because the roasted flavour will drown out the other flavours, we just want to heat them a little bit first to brighten their flavour and add a little bit of an extra crunch.
  3. Do you only have powdered sweetener? That will work as well, you just may need to add a little more than the 1/4 cup. Try 1/3 cup powdered sweetener instead.
  4. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or freeze in an air tight container for up to 2 years!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
 * Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.
Deduct fibre ( 3.4g ) and sugar alcohols ( 13.3g ) from the total carbs to get 1.5 g net carbs per 1/4 cup serving!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.2g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 18.7g | Sodium: 152mg | Fiber: 3.4g

5 Comments

  1. Hi! If I wanted to make a bigger batch would I simply multiply the ingredient amounts?

    • Hey Lisa! You bet, you can make as many of these beauties as you like! You can multiply if you prefer, or, hover your mouse over the ‘1’ in the ‘1 cup serving’ section right before the ingredient list, and you can there choose how many candied pecans you would like to make! Enjoy 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds so good! We and the hubs have been keto for almost a year now, so this is a welcome treat. I’m going to try it very soon!

  3. These pecans are so perfect for Fall! I’m pretty sure I would not be able to stop snacking on them straight off the baking sheet!

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