You have to try this Candied Pecans Recipe. You can use them in so many ways!
Use candied pecans in salad. Or serve them in pretty bowls as party appetizers.
Add these easy candied pecans to your favorite trail mix or in homemade granola.
Try mixing pieces of the spicy candied pecans into popcorn as a yummy snack on your next family movie night.
How to make candied pecans that are sugar free
I’m a big admirer of Ellie’s blog as I love her writing style and her recipes, especially her Bahamian ones. (She’s originally from the Bahamas.)
I wanted to make her Candied Pecans recipe, but decided to challenge myself by creating a sugar free version.
Making a candied pecans recipe three ways
Ellie’s candied pecan recipe is based on one from Joy The Baker. Both use ground cayenne pepper to give the candied pecans a little kick.
I decide to use ground chipotle chile pepper in my spicy candied pecans instead.
When making your own easy candied pecans, experiment with other spice combinations – cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom with a pinch of turmeric?
I used liquid egg whites because I find it easier to measure accurately. Plus, you’re not wondering what to do with the extra yolks afterwards.
Also, if you’re experimenting with various spices, you can safely taste the batter since liquid egg whites are pasteurized.
Finally, I like using a KitchenAid Hand Mixer since it makes beating the egg whites until frothy much easier than putting the mixture into my big KitchenAid stand mixer. I like the control the hand mixer gives me and I don’t have to drag the heavy stand mixer out.
More ideas for easy candied pecans
This candied pecan recipe so easy that your children can help you make a few batches for teachers gifts.
How about using them in the streusel topping in my Blueberry Muffin Streusel Cake? And don’t forget adding them into your holiday baking!
Candied Pecans Recipe
- 3 tablespoons pasteurized liquid egg whites
- 1 cup granulated Swerve Sweetener or powdered monk fruit sweetener
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or pumpkin pie spice)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups raw pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy.
- Add sweetener, spices, and salt. Whisk the mixture until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Add the pecans and gently toss to coat with a large spoon or spatula.
- Once coated, spoon the pecans onto the parchment paper. Spread pecans evenly over the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes until pecans are toasted a golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely so the Swerve Sweetener hardens.
- Remove pecans from the baking sheet and break up clusters into individual pieces, if you wish. If you’re not using the candied pecans right away, store in a ziplock baggie or airtight container in the freezer.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
Originally published on March 7, 2014 and June 22, 2016. Updated with new pictures and information.