I’m nuts about nuts! I actually have over a dozen jars filled with various nuts on my kitchen island so that I can grab a handful anytime for any reason. During the fall, I find myself reaching for super nutritious pecans most often since they’re super versatile and pair so well with seasonal foods, like butternut squash, pumpkin, apples, and pears. I love them as the star of the show, too. That’s what this recipe is all about.
The pecans are glazed with a just-right sweetness from coconut nectar. You can use pure maple syrup, if you prefer. The pumpkin pie spice provides that distinctive pumpkin pie-like flair, of course. And the pinch of sea salt punches up taste and provides balance for the sweetness. A handful of these pecans makes a delightful snack. They’re also ideal for tossing into salads or sprinkling onto so many seasonal dishes. Hope you make a batch or two … soon!
Disclosure: One of my current clients is The American Pecan Council. However, I was not paid to develop this recipe on their behalf. The recipe and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
candied pumpkin spice pecans
Yield: 2 servings
Serving size: 1/4 cup each
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1 tablespoon coconut nectar
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- pinch of sea salt (a generous pinch!)
- Line a plate with unbleached parchment paper. Fully preheat a cast iron or other stick-resistant skillet over medium heat.
- Add the pecan halves, coconut nectar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to the skillet. Cook while stirring until the pecans are caramelized (browned), well-coated, and sticky, about 3 1/2 minutes.
- Transfer the candied pecans in a single layer onto the parchment paper-lined plate. Set aside to cool and crisp.
Per serving: 210 calories, 18g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 14g total carbohydrates, 3g dietary fiber, 9g total sugars includes 8g added sugars, 2g protein
The “Before” Version
Compare to Glazed Nuts
- No processed white sugar is required. Try coconut nectar for natural sweetness.
- For an intriguing twist, add pumpkin pie spice.
- Don’t forget the pinch of sea salt to balance sweetness.