Make the perfect holiday snack when you whip up these Keto Candied Pecans. Just like the classic recipe we all know and love, without the carbs to drag us down. Pecan halves coated in a sweet and spicy, crunchy layer of goodness - perfect for gifts or platters.
Ahhh, the holidays. A time for all the best recipes like Keto Peanut Butter Cups or Keto Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts. Not to mention, it’s the time of year when all the holiday cookies come out to play. Along with their best friends, candied nuts, fruitcakes, and fudge.
It’s definitely my favorite time of year due to all the treats. However, I’m trying really hard to not have to worry about that “holiday 15” I dread every year. You know, that 10-15 pounds you gain during the holidays because of all the good food? This year, I decided to take some of my favorite holiday recipes and turn them keto for a guilt-free holiday splurge!
How to Make Keto Candied Pecans
- Prep - Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make the liquid - In a medium bowl, combine the vanilla, water, and meringue powder. Whisk until smooth. Add the pecans to the bowl and stir to fully coat.
- Add the flavor - In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Pour on top of the nuts. Stir to mix well.
- Bake - Pour the pecans on the prepared baking sheet and spread even. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir, reduce heat to 250 degrees, and bake for another 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Tips and Variations
- Storage - Store in a sealed container or baggie for up to 2 weeks. You may be able to keep them longer than this, it’s up to you. This candied pecans recipe can be stored in the fridge or freezer in a baggie or airtight container as well. In the fridge for up to a month and the freezer for up to three months.
- Reheating - There should be no reason to reheat these keto candied pecans. However, if they get a little soft or gooey while being stored in the fridge or freezer, toss them in the oven. It should only take a few minutes at 275 degrees to fix them up.
- Use other spices - You don’t have to stick with just cinnamon and white sugar. You can always use brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin spice, coconut sugar, etc. instead. Play with the flavors, it’s fun!
- Try other nuts - If you prefer, you can try your hand at using other nuts in place of the pecans. You might have to adjust baking time or ingredients just a hair, but it should be pretty close to the same across the board.
- Give them as a gift - I guarantee that you’ll get a huge smile when you give these as a gift. I have people requesting this as a gift around the holidays now. They pair perfectly with cute little holiday bags and ties.
Common Questions About Keto Candied Pecans
Are Praline Pecans the Same as Candied Pecans?
Praline pecans are definitely not the same as candied pecans. Praline pecans are usually a cookie style candy that comes in a disc. They’re like a soft brittle or toffee with pecans trapped inside. However, candied pecans are a snack or dessert and are basically sugar-coated pecans. The pecans are toasted with a cinnamon/sugar coating that hardens to the outside of the nut when baked. This results in a salty, sweet treat.
How Do You Fix Sticky Candied Pecans?
Cook them longer. If they’re still sticky, the most likely culprit is that they simply need to go back in the oven for a little while longer. The baking, or toasting, process is what adheres the sugar mixture to the pecan. If it’s not given ample time to break down, you may end up with sticky candied pecans. Another option is just giving them time to cool and harden, if need be. Usually they come out of the oven already hardened, but random circumstances could cause them to come out differently.
- ½ Pound Whole Pecans
- ¾ Cup Keto Sweetener
- 1 Tablespoon Meringue Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ Tablespoon Water
- ½ Tablespoon Coarse Sea Salt
- ½ Tablespoon Cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the meringue powder, vanilla, and water to a bowl and whisk until there are no lumps.
- Add the pecans to the bowl and stir until fully coated.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the cinnamon mixture on top of the pecans and mix well until all pecans are evenely coated.
- Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread even.
- Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir the pecans and reduce the heat to 250 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!
If you enjoyed these Keto Candied Pecans or have questions, please let me know in the comment section below or even on social media!
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Hello, I'm Melissa, the founder and visionary behind Everyday Ketogenic. With more than 12 years of experience in content creation, recipe development, and blogging, I've cultivated this platform into a leading resource for anyone interested in the ketogenic lifestyle. Everyday Ketogenic is my canvas, where I paint with words and ideas, bringing the keto world to life.