Learn how to make candied pecans baked in a crunchy sugar coating with just a pinch of cinnamon! This holiday classic is 100% keto-friendly, made with smart alternatives for a sweet snack without the extra carbs.
Why you’ll love this keto candied pecans recipe
- My easy candied pecans are a keto version of a holiday favorite!
- These candied nuts are sweet and yummy without any added sugars.
- The cinnamon sugar coating makes these candied nuts taste just like Christmas.
- Baking candied pecans is quick and easy for a delicious snack on a whim!
- My secret ingredient (shhh – vanilla extract) adds an incredible, baked-good flavor to these nuts.
- You can add these candied pecans to your favorite holiday desserts, from ice cream to pumpkin pie.
- Bundle up a bag of these candied nuts for an easy (and delicious) holiday gift.
Here's everything that goes into this sweet holiday treat:
Fresh pecans are delicious on their own. But the candied version is a whole lot sweeter! I use pecan halves for their low carb count and satisfying crunch.
You can also use a brown sugar substitute for a richer, more complex flavor. I'm partial to the Swerve sugar-free sweeteners for their wide selection.
Melted, unsalted butter helps the cinnamon sugar mixture adhere to the pecans, adds good fat content, and is just plain yummy.
The vanilla extract gives these candied pecans that classic baked-good flavor that we know and love.
Ground cinnamon is an optional addition, though I highly recommend it! It makes this snack taste like the holidays.
- Adjust the amount of sweetener you use depending on your sweet tooth; they're delicious no matter how much sweetener you add!
- Include an optional pinch of cinnamon for the best flavor possible.
- For an even browning, make sure to stir your pecans about halfway through their baking time.
How to make candied pecans from scratch
Ready to get baking? Here's how to make my iconic keto candied pecans:
Step 1: Prep your elements
First thing is first – preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).
Then, take a minute to line your baking sheet with a bit of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat so that it's ready to go.
Step 2: Mix the coating
Next, combine your melted butter, sugar substitute, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon in a mixing bowl, stirring well.
Step 3: Coat the pecan halves and bake
Now, add your pecan halves to your prepared mixture and toss them until each piece is nice and coated.
Step 4: Bake in oven
Spread the pecans along the prepared baking sheet, taking care to make sure they're in a single row; this will give you the most even bake.
Then, pop your tray in the oven and bake! Stir about halfway through, keeping your eye on them; they burn easily when over-baked.
Step 5: Let cool and serve
You'll know your pecans are finishing baking when they're a lovely golden brown and super fragrant.
Remove them from the oven, letting them cool and harden.
Wait until they're cooled completely. Then, store candied pecans in an airtight container.
Or, get munching!
How to serve holiday candied pecans
These keto candied pecans make a delicious snack food right on their own! They also make an exciting topping for a variety of holiday desserts.
I also love using these pecans as an ice cream topping. They're delicious on my sun butter sugar-free ice cream, keto butter pecan ice cream, or almond milk ice cream, complete with a healthy drizzle of keto peanut butter sauce.
- Consider adding more spices like nutmeg, cloves, and ginger for a holiday masterpiece!
- Try making this recipe with other nuts like almonds, walnuts, and more.
- For a satisfying heat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to your cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Include egg white in your pecan coating for an even crunchier texture.
Here are the questions I hear the most about my keto candied pecans recipe. If you don't see your questions answered here, please leave them for me in the comments below.
If you find your candied pecans aren't hardening completely and are unpleasantly sticky, it's time to troubleshoot.
Some reasons for sticky pecans include:
- The nuts were stored before cooling completely.
- There is too much sugar coating on the pecans.
- You need to bake your pecans a little longer.
- Your pecans are stored in a humid or warm place.
One of the best parts of my candied pecans recipe is their long shelf life!
You can safely store these nuts in an airtight container for several weeks at room temperature.
For long-term storage, you can extend their shelf life by refrigerating or freezing them. If you choose to freeze this sweet treat, you can rejuvenate frozen pecans by adding them to an air fryer for just a few minutes.
In general, nuts make a good keto food because they're high in healthy fats, add good protein to your diet, and have limited carbs. With that said, not all nuts are built the same!
Cashews and pistachios, for example, have high carb counts and aren't great for keto diets.
Better nuts include pecans (4g net carbs/100g), Brazil nuts (4g net carbs/100g), and macadamia nuts (5g net carbs/100g).
For more information on keto nuts, read my post on The Best Nuts For Keto Diet.
Like this keto candied pecans recipe? Try these!
Inspired by this holiday favorite? Try these delicious seasonal desserts:
- Keto Pumpkin Spice Cake has just 4 grams of net carbs per serving for a sweet and spicy delight.
- Keto Pumpkin Mousse has an incredible, satisfying texture that you will crave again and again.
- Easy Sugar-Free Pumpkin Fudge is made with high-fat coconut butter and holiday spices for a tasty and giftable dessert.
- Keto Pumpkin Cookies Without Eggs are topped with a sugar-free glaze that takes this recipe to new levels!
- Easy Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake is rich, indulgent, and surprisingly low-carb.
Keto Candied Pecans
- 2 cups pecan halves
- ¼ cup granulated sugar substitute (such as erythritol or stevia)
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set it aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, granulated sugar substitute, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon (if using). Mix well to create a sticky and sweet coating.
- Add the pecan halves to the bowl and toss them in the mixture until they are fully coated.
- Spread the coated pecans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning.
- Once the pecans are golden brown and fragrant, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
- As they cool, the coating will harden, creating a delicious candied texture.
- Once completely cooled, you can store the Keto Candied Pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for several weeks.
- Make sure to use a granulated sugar substitute that is suitable for keto diets, such as erythritol or stevia.
- You can adjust the amount of sweetener according to your taste preferences. Add more or less depending on how sweet you want the pecans to be.
- The ground cinnamon is optional but adds a nice flavor to the candied pecans. Feel free to omit it if you prefer.
- Stir the pecans halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning and coating.
Notes on Nutritional Information
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