Sweet & Crunchy Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 gluten free & keto

Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans
Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans

Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯

Classic & Sesame Sugar (i.e. Halva)

Once the holidays arrive, keto candied pecans are always a must over here. So over the years a bunch of different versions have arisen, but these two are our top picks: a classic version lightly spiced with cinnamon and a second one with a sesame sugar mix for that sweet halva taste.

And at just 1-2g net carbs a (30g) handful, these make for an ideal snack jam packed with healthy fats and nutrients.

Classic Keto Candied Pecans

There’s a reason the classics are the classics, and these candied pecans are proof. Spiced up with a touch of cinnamon and flakey sea salt, the pecans shine through and through.

Or Sesame Sugar

Classics aside, this might just be our favorite candied pecan recipe ever. The lightly toasted sesame seeds add such an incredible depth of flavor and aroma. And once mixed in with the sugar and the cinnamon, an incredible coffee scent will arise.

And if you know the Middle-Eastern sweet treat halva, a mix of sesame and sugar, you won’t think twice about whipping these guys up asap. Plus, sesame seeds are jam packed with healthy fats, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B-6.

Either way, we cannot recommend enough that you go for the flakey sea salt. The sweet ‘n salty combo makes any candied pecan much (muuuch!) better.

The Sweetener 🍯

Like any respectable candied pecan recipe, this one works best with a brown sugar replacement. And what we like to do is mix either Swerve or xylitol (same amounts) with a teaspoon or two of blackstrap molasses for that brown sugar kick.

1 teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs (depending on your macros, very little effect on carbs/serving). But carbs aside, blackstrap molasses is a nutritional powerhouse rich in vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

But then again, feel free to sub in with something such as Sukrin Gold. Though must say, we’re rather fond of sticking to the more natural route with blackstrap molasses. It adds 0.5g of carbs per serving and a whole load of punch. But it’s totally optional, and you can just use your regular sweetener.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans
Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans
Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans
Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans
Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans

Classic Keto Candied Pecans

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Ketogenic, Paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 174 kcal

There’s a reason the classics are the classics, and these candied pecans are proof. Spiced up with a touch of cinnamon and flakey sea salt, the pecans shine through and through.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F/120°C. Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. 

  2. Mix Swerve, molasses (optional) and cinnamon in a large bowl until mixed thoroughly. Set aside.

  3. Beat egg white with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. 

  4. Toss pecans onto the sesame and cinnamon sugar and fold in the egg white. 

  5. Spread pecans onto prepared baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle generously with flakey sea salt. Bake for 35-45 minutes, checking every 10-15 minutes and tossing them about a bit. Allow to cool completely, as they'll continue to crisp up while cooling. 

  6. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to sub in the sweetener with something such as Sukrin Gold for that brown sugar kick. Though must say, we’re rather fond of sticking to the more natural route with blackstrap molasses. It adds 0.5g of carbs per serving (it's packed with nutrients), and a whole load of punch. But it’s totally optional, and you can just use your regular sweetener.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Keto Candied Pecans
Amount Per Serving (30 g)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 107mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keto Candied Pecans, Two-Ways! 🍯 #keto #ketopecans #candiedpecans

Sesame Sugar (i.e. Halva) Keto Candied Pecans

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Ketogenic, Paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 191 kcal

Classics aside, this might just be our favorite candied pecan recipe ever. The lightly toasted sesame seeds add such an incredible depth of flavor and aroma. Once mixed in with the sugar and cinnamon, an incredible coffee scent will arise.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Lightly toast sesame seeds over medium/low heat for 4 to 6 minutes. Watch out they do not burn, or they'll taste bitter! You know they're ready when they're lightly golden, and you press one between your fingertips and it turns to powder. Set aside to cool. 

  2. Preheat oven to 250°F/120°C. Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. 

  3. Add sesame seeds, Swerve and molasses (optional) to a food processor and pulse a couple times until roughly powdered and mixed thoroughly. 

  4. Mix sesame sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. 

  5. Beat egg white with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. 

  6. Toss pecans onto the sesame and cinnamon sugar and fold in the egg white. 

  7. Spread pecans onto prepared baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle generously with flakey sea salt. Bake for 35-45 minutes, checking every 10-15 minutes and tossing them about a bit. Allow to cool completely, as they'll continue to crisp up while cooling. 

  8. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to sub in the sweetener with something such as Sukrin Gold for that brown sugar kick. Though must say, we’re rather fond of sticking to the more natural route with blackstrap molasses. It adds 0.5g of carbs per serving (it's packed with nutrients), and a whole load of punch. But it’s totally optional, and you can just use your regular sweetener.

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Sugar (i.e. Halva) Keto Candied Pecans
Amount Per Serving (30 g)
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 comments

  1. Annaise S. H. says:

    WHERE HAVE THESE BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! Thought the sesame were an odd addition at first, but I’m learning to trust you lol! AND MY GAAAWD! BEST CANDIED PECANS EVER!

  2. Mary Kellogg says:

    I’m making these for a second time. This time I added a bit of chili powder….a double batch. I find that if I leave them out in the open the coating dries and hardens, otherwise they are a bit sticky. I harvested 100 lbs of pecans this fall…freezer is full. Makes for a nice snack.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Mary! Chili powder sounds like a wonderful addition thank you! I have also realized that (depending on what sweetener you use) they do take a while to crunch up. When I made them with xylitol took roughly a day for the xylitol to harden back up (swerve was a few hours). xo and thanks for reporting back!

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