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Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans

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Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans are a healthy snack that is simple, easy, and delicious to make. The perfect snack or topping on a salad. Sweet and delicious, the perfect treat!

overhead view coconut sugar candied pecans in a small glass jar

If you have never had a candied pecan, then I am here to tell you that you are missing out!

They are sweet with a sugary outer glaze but the classic pecan nut flavor on the inside. Imagine everything that you love about pecans and them add a layer of sweetness over the top and that is exactly what you get with candied pecans.

Typically you would use a simple mixture of sugar and water, but lately, I have fallen in love with coconut sugar and so I will use that to make this recipe.

What is coconut sugar?

Coconut sugar is also known as coconut palm sugar, is a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap. It is caramel in color and less processed than granulated white sugar. It serves as a great alternative to refined sugar in baking and cooking. Personally I find that it to be rich in flavor and requires me to use less of it than I would granulated sugar. It reminds me of brown sugar but is not as sweet.

Are candied pecans the same as praline pecans?

No candied pecans are not the same as praline pecans. Candied pecans are coated in a simple sugar mixture that creates a sticky glaze over the pecan. Praline pecans are covered in a mixture of sugar, butter, and cream. Praline pecans also have a much different texture than candied pecans. Candied pecans are sticky and smooth while praline pecans have a rough dry sugary texture.

What ingredients do you need for candied pecans?

two ingredients needed for candied pecans in jar and white bowl

  1. Coconut sugar
  2. Water
  3. Salt
  4. Pecans

How to make these candied nuts:

In a medium skillet, combine the coconut sugar, water, and salt over medium-low heat.

sugar, water, and salt in skillet

Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, add in the pecans.

pecans in sugar mixture in medium skillet

While stirring the sugar mixture constantly, cook until all liquid evaporates. The pecans become sticky as you stir. Remove from the pecans from the heat and spread them out in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow the pecans to cool and harden.

candied pecans on parchment lined baking sheet

Serve these coconut sugar candied pecans over ice cream, salads, or your favorite sweet treat.

candied pecan on a parchment lined baking sheet

How long are candied pecans good for?

This recipe for candied pecans can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container up to 5 days. If stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, they can last up to 2 weeks.

side view candied pecans in a jar

Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans

Coconut Sugar Candied Pecans are a healthy snack that is simple, easy, and delicious to make. The perfect snack or topping on a salad. Sweet and delicious, the perfect treat.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied pecans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 232kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup raw pecans

Instructions

  • In a medium skillet, combine the 6 tablespoons coconut sugar, 6 tablespoons of water, and pinch of sea salt over medium-low heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, add in the pecans.
  • While stirring the sugar mixture constantly, cook until all liquid evaporates. The pecans will become sticky as you stir.
  • Remove from the pecans from the heat and spread them out in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow the pecans to cool and harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperture up to 5 days.
  • Serve these coconut sugar candied pecans over ice cream, salads, or your favorite sweet treat.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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candied pecans in a small white square container

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6 Comments

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    Tamara
    January 5, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    These look AWESOME!! And great photography too. Pecans are so expensive but I buy them as a special treat.
    And the fact that he passed the test is a special treat! Congrats!

    • Reply
      admin
      January 5, 2016 at 7:21 PM

      Thank you so much!! They really are expensive…I never realized it because in Northwest Florida pecan trees are everywhere. Thank you…I am so happy that he passed 🙂

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    Sonya
    January 5, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    I would have been nervous too if my kids were taking their tests for their driver’s license. I know it’s extremely exciting as the kid, but now that I’m a mom it seems terrifying…lol.
    The pecans looks delicious. I love coconut sugar, because it doesn’t taste as sweet as regular sugar.

    • Reply
      admin
      January 7, 2016 at 2:05 PM

      I was terrified..lol!! Since I have changed my diet I love coconut sugar as well because (you’re right) its not as sweet.

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    Akaleistar
    January 6, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Those pecans look yummy!

    • Reply
      admin
      January 7, 2016 at 2:05 PM

      Thank you!!

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