Maple & Spice Pecan Candy

Serve crunchy maple and spice pecan candy with ice cream, on salads, as part of an antipasto platter, or as a delicious snack just on their own. They’re made with all-natural ingredients and are refined sugar-free.

Pecan candy is easy to make, and best of all, you can keep some in the freezer so you can grab a handful whenever you need them.

They don’t even need defrosting!

Pecans are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals1 such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium, offering some wonderful health benefits. Pecan nuts contain monounsaturated fats such as oleic acid along with phenolic antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Step 3: Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar, and stir to combine
Step 3: Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar, and stir to combine
Step 5: Pour the syrup over the pecans
Step 5: Pour the syrup over the pecans
Maple and spice pecan candy arranged on a baking tray, after being coated in the syrup
Maple and spice pecan candy arranged on a baking tray, after being coated in the syrup
Step 7: Set the baked pecans aside to cool
Step 7: Set the baked pecans aside to cool
Maple and spice pecan candy in a glass jar, with a blue striped napkin in the background
Maple and Spice Pecan Candy
Maple and spice pecan candy in a glass jar
Maple and Spice Pecan Candy
Maple and spice pecan candy in a glass jar, with a blue striped napkin and small hessian bag in the background

Maple & Spice Pecan Candy

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Pescatarian, Salt-Free, Savoury, Soy-Free, Sweet, Under 30 Minutes, Vegan, Vegetarian, Yeast-Free
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 ⅛ cups (1 fl oz)
Calories: 116 kcal
Author: Silvia Morris

Serve crunchy maple and spice pecan candy with ice cream, on salads, as part of an antipasto platter, or as a delicious snack just on their own.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180⁰C (356°F) degrees and line a large baking tray with baking paper.

  2. Spread the pecans on the baking tray.
  3. In a small saucepan, add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar, then stir to combine. Heat on low, occasionally stirring until the sugar is dissolved and it begins to froth up. Remove from the heat.
  4. Add the vanilla paste, cinnamon, ground cloves, cayenne pepper, and salt to the syrup in the saucepan. Stir to combine.

  5. Pour the syrup over the pecans. Using a fork, toss the nuts so that the glaze evenly coats them, then spread the pecans around the tray into a single layer.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss the nuts to evenly coat, then spread them out again. Bake for a further 3-4 minutes, keeping an eye on the pecans in order not to burn them.

  7. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. The syrup will still be runny but will harden when cooled.
  8. Break up the pieces and store in a jar until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • You can replace the coconut sugar with other sugars such as brown sugar or panela sugar if preferred.
  • These candied pecans freeze well. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Facts
Maple & Spice Pecan Candy
Amount Per Serving (16 g)
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 59mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Footnotes

1. Source: 10 Health Benefits of Pecans: Why They Are Good for You, NDTV Food