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These Maple Pecans made in just 15 minutes, roasted in the oven. With only 3 ingredients, these butter-free, oil-free, candied pecans are sweetened with maple syrup. Simple and foolproof! The perfect topping for salads, bowls, or serve as a healthy snack, or gift a jar of them!
Here’s a simple recipe that goes way back to our old restaurant days that comes in handy, especially during the holidays—maple-roasted, Candied Pecans.
What I love about Maple Pecans
- Besides the simple ingredients, they only take one minute of hands-on time, before baking in the oven. Yep, one!
- Maple Pecans are roasted in the oven, so they bake very evenly.
- Maple Pecans contain no butter or sugar!
- Maple Pecans have may uses! Toss into salads or bowls, crush and sprinkle over entrees, desserts, or oatmeal, serve on a cheese board , or a healthy snack. They also make a cute hostess gift, packaged in a jar, and labeled. So simple, so tasty, and vegan! The uses are endless.
Ingredients in Maple Pecans
- Pecans -Raw pecan halves work best here.
- Maple Syrup -only use Real maple syrup, as imitation syrup will not harden and you’ll end up with a mess!
- Salt (and optional pepper)
- Optional- add spices if you like! Chinese 5 spice, Moroccan (cumin and cinnamon), Mexican ( add Taco Seasoning) or Garam Masala!
*See recipe card for detailed ingredients.
How to make Maple Pecans
Step one: Toss the pecans with real maple syrup. Add a pinch of salt. If you like pepper, add pepper too.
Step two: Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Step Three: Bake at 350F for 12- 14 minutes until deeply caramelized.
Step Four: Toss them when they first come out of the oven. Then let them cool completely. They will harden into the most delicious, crunchy, nutty, earthy, goodness!
Variations on Maple Pecans
These are fully customizable. Spice them up to your heart’s content!
- Chinese five-spice
- garam masala
- smoked paprika
- sesame seeds ( use a tablespoon or more!)
- curry powder
- cinnamon and cumin
- Chia seeds
Just to name a few!
You’ve seen these a million times here on blog in various recipes, with different spice combinations… just wanted to create a special post for this.
Ways to use Maple Pecans
- Butternut Risotto with Leeks (Instant Pot or Stovetop)
- Pear Salad with Vanilla Fig Dressing
- Fig Arugula Salad with Pecans
- Winter Cheese and Charcuterie Board
- Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Kale, Apples and Maple Pecans
I hope you enjoy this very basic recipe for maple pecans that may be very handy here in the next few weeks. Can’t wait to hear how you adapt them!
More recipes you may enjoy!
- Maple-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Wok-Seared Cashews with Scallions and Sesame
- Maple Pecan Scones
- Maple Roasted Yams with Pecans
Maple-Roasted Candied Pecans made in just 15 minutes in the Oven with only 3 ingredients! Oil-free, Vegan and totally foolproof! The BEST recipe that comes out perfect every time!
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Toss the pecans in a bowl with the maple syrup and salt and optional pepper.
- Place pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer.
- Place on the middle rack for 7 minutes, and STIR. Continue roasting 3-7 minutes, until golden and caramelized. TIP: You want the nuts to toast a bit, and the maple syrup to carmelize (so that it hardens when cooled) so watch like a hawk to prevent burning- yet aim for the full 14 minutes.
- Remove from oven and toss. Let cool completely. Break apart. Store in jar, or bowl on the counter for easy snacking.
- Serving Size: ¼ cup
- Calories: 214
- Sugar: 7.1 g
- Sodium: 146.5 mg
- Fat: 19.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 10.5 g
- Fiber: 2.6 g
- Protein: 2.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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