Candied Pecans are a perfect sweet afternoon snack or topping for salad. With rich toasted pecans and a sweet caramel glaze, these keto candied pecans are a joy with every bite! This easy recipe is low carb, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
Candied Pecans are one of my favorite treats. I put them on salads, incorporate into ice cream and desserts, and I especially love sneaking a handful in the afternoon when I just want a few bites of something sweet. Plus, keto candied pecans are a must-have during the holiday months. It feels good to eat something so decadent and sweet that it isn't made with refined sugars.
You can add these candied pecans to a homemade trail mix, munch on a handful for a low carb snack, or eat them any other way you can think of. They are truly incredible, and I have a feeling you are going to love them as much as we do.
Not to mention the fact that this candied pecan recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare! You already know how much I love making fast treats. There isn't' anything wrong with stuff that takes forever, but if you can prepare something amazing that only takes a few minutes, it's a no-brainer. Okay, let's get started on the good stuff!
How to Make Keto Candied Pecans
I don't think you will ever find an easier sugar free candied pecans recipe. Three steps and you can indulge in these babies in no time! Let's take a look at the simple steps.
Step 1: Begin by combining 2 tablespoons of butter, heavy cream, and sweetener together in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sweetener has dissolved, then mix in the vanilla and cinnamon.
Step 2: Continue to cook until the mixture is a deep golden brown color. Once it reaches this color, you will need to remove it from the heat and add in the additional tablespoon of butter. Stir until smooth.
NOTE: Once it reaches the deep golden brown, you need to remove it from the heat. When this happens, if you cook it a little longer, it will burn.
Step 3: Stir in the toasted pecans. Sprinkle on some salt and drop the mixture by the spoonful in a single layer onto some wax or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Refrigerate until they are firm.
Should I Toast My Pecans First?
Please take the time to toast your pecans first. It deepens the flavor of the nuts. I recommend toasting them at 400 degrees F. until they are lightly browned.
How to Use Keto Candied Pecans
There are tons of ways to use candied pecans. They are excellent on spinach salads with blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, and fresh berries. You can also toss them in with almonds, walnuts, sugar-free chocolate chips, and other ingredients to make an incredible trail mix. It's great for on-the-go snacks too.
If you love ice cream, try topping your favorite keto ice cream like my Keto Vanilla Ice Cream or Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Swirl, with a few candied pecans. Pure keto diet heaven! You have to try it to believe it.
Oh, and the best part is that you can even give these lovely candied pecans away as gifts. Put them in a cute little glass jar, add some ribbon, and you end up with an adorable gift no one can resist.
Candied Pecans Tips & Variations
These candied pecans are incredible just the way the recipe is written. I wanted to share some of my favorite tips and ideas in case you want to try out some additional flavors.
- Stick with pecan halves, not pecan pieces. You will end up with a more uniform result than if you use pecan pieces. Pecan pieces tend to stick together and create clusters, and they aren't as easy to separate or eat.
- You can use this recipe for other candied nuts. Yep! It's true; you can try it out with hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, or even cashews. Try them all for a fun mix.
- Try out other spices. Using pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice is a yummy way to adjust the flavors. Just swap the cinnamon or use it in addition to the cinnamon to taste.
- Add molasses. Really. Add a couple of drops of molasses for a brown sugar flavor. You don't need much as you are using it for flavor and not as the sweetener.
- This recipe for candied pecans cooks very quickly. It's vital to stir it and stop cooking before it burns.
- They are great for making ahead of time. You can even freeze them for up to 1 year! Just keep them airtight, and you will have them whenever a need or craving comes up.
I hope these keto candied pecans become one of your favorite gluten free keto recipes too!
What Are The Health Benefits of Pecans?
These candied pecans are much more than a crunchy little sweet treat to get you through the day. They are also nutritious and have lots of yummy nutrients your body needs.
In addition, to being heart-healthy, pecans also help with digestion too. Not to mention that they are anti-inflammatory too.
Each pecans serving has fiber, protein, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, calcium, and zinc.
So, when you are on the hunt for a snack or treat that is sweet, but is still healthy, reach for these candied pecans. Don't let the word "candied" scare you! Just be careful not to eat too many because they are highly addictive. And you can have too much of a good thing if you aren't careful.
How to Store Candied Pecans
Store keto candied pecans in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the fridge for 3-4 months.
Additionally, you can keep the pecans in a freezer-safe container that's airtight for up to 1 year. It's nice to have them on hand when the holidays hit or whenever you want a simple snack that you don't have to cook.
- 1 cup pecans toasted
- 3 tablespoon unsalted butter divided
- 2 tablespoon heavy cream
- ¼ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon optional
- pinch of salt
- Combine 2 tablespoons of the butter, sweetener, and cream over medium heat. Stir until sweetener is dissolved. Add vanilla and cinnamon, if using.
- Cook until it is a deep golden brown. As soon as it reached that deep color (right before burning) remove from the heat and immediately add the other 1 tablespoon butter. Stir until smooth.
- Add salt and toasted pecans. Drop by spoonfuls or spread on wax paper. Refrigerate until firm. If you spread out the mixture you can just break it into pieces.
Originally Published November 26, 2015. Revised and Republished October 26, 2020.